In 2018 I was attending an arts & crafts therapy centre for my depression. Amongst the many sessions available was woodturning. I immediately fell in love. I managed to win a cheap lathe on eBay, followed by a shed which we put up in our back garden. My husband and I made plans to open a woodworking business in 2019, moving to a space in Manchester. As an aside – and to downsize my considerable yarn stash – I created Misassortments. It was only meant to last a couple of months.
Then life threw us a cruel curve ball. On 30 December 2018, at a little after 3pm, my husband went out on his motorbike to grab a few things from Tesco. He got roughly 400 yards before a massive spike in blood pressure burst an artery in his brain, causing a major stroke. As he went in for surgery, I was told to prepare for the worst.
He survived the night, but was very ill. In ICU and on a ventilator. No one knew if he’d come round, or how badly he had been affected. Our life had irrevocably changed. Our plans were up in smoke. Out of desperation to control something, I decided to run Misassortments as a full-time business.
It started okay. As I was traveling back and forth to hospital on the bus, I’d a lot of time to crochet. I got a commission from one of the nurses. I sold another item. I was pleased and hopeful I could make a go of things.
Yet the spectre of having my husband in hospital did not go away. While he made good progress, that actually resulted in him being moved to a specialist rehabilitation unit that was further away. Still reliant on public transport, I had to catch two buses to get there. The whole process took two hours which was, of course, repeated when I came home. And this began to take its toll on me, physically and mentally. I was still crocheting, but I’d no energy to promote the business. Coupled with a slow start to the year, and the shine went off the idea.
I closed down Misassortments in May 2019. I decided I wanted to take some time to figure out what I wanted to make and build up stock. I rebranded the business, created a new website (hello!) and actually set up a business bank account. And here I am.