Commissions Review: 18 months

I’ve now been running my commissions model for 18 months. Thanks to your pledges, I’ve designed 10 lovely new animal patterns so far:

PlanetJune Commissions: 18 month review

…and everything’s going swimmingly! Or, it would be, if I hadn’t unexpectedly been offered a crochet book deal I couldn’t refuse, a couple of months ago…

My process, whether for writing a new book or developing a new design, is always thorough and meticulous. Everything I do goes through research, planning, testing, refining and editing until I’m satisfied that it’s exactly the way I want it to be, and the best end product I can create. That’s just how I work – it’s time-intensive, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. And while, in an ideal world, I’d take a year or longer to write my book in leisure while continuing PlanetJune business as usual, the reality is that the book has to be completed before the end of 2013.

I can’t not put my best effort into this book (just as I can’t not put my best effort into anything else I do), so I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend the commissions process until January 2014. If you’re paying for a commissioned design, you want 100% June effort going into that design, not whatever dregs of energy I can muster in rare moments when I’m not concentrating on the book! And dregs are all I could offer for the remainder of this year. I’m not willing to do that, and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want me to either…

The Plan

  • My Commissions Page will remain open for new pledges throughout this time.
  • All existing commissioned designs will remain in the waiting list until January. (Nobody has paid for anything they haven’t received, so I’m not breaking any promises – I just hope you’ll be okay with waiting a little longer for your designs to be completed.)
  • If you’re unhappy and want to cancel any pledges, just let me know and I’ll do it – no questions asked!
  • When I start back to work in the new year, I’ll email all pledgers to check they’re still happy with their pledges before I start sending any invoices.

I’m sorry if this disappoints you (I’m disappointed too), but, unless I figure out a way to clone myself, we’ll all just have to accept that there aren’t enough June hours to go around, and things will take longer than we’d like. Thanks for your understanding…

I am looking forward to picking up the commissions again next year, though – next in line is another African animal (meerkat!) followed by the camel (I’ve already bought real camel yarn for that one), so there’s lots to anticipate for 2014!

7 Comments »

  1. Susanna said

    No worries! It’s just a few months, and gives us time to build anticipation for your future offerings, including the book! :)

  2. Alicia Brink said

    I thought you might have to put the commissions on hold. I’m happy to wait for the best product. Best of luck on your book.

  3. I think it is a great idea. We always want June at her best! (or you at yours, haha, how ever you look at that lol) I think that it also gives us a break as well, instead of worrying about when is the next commissions pledge! I am glad you are taking time to work your best, as that is what we have all come to expect, and appreciate everything you do! (hope that doesn’t sound ungrateful, I just mean, as in when we say or see PlanetJune or June Gilbank, we know we get perfection! at least that’s the way in this house and family!)

    I can’t wait for your new book, or the start of the commissions…camels sure are slow…LOL ;)

  4. Judy Carlson said

    That will give me a chance at catching up on PlanetJune patterns that I haven’t made yet! So curious about your new book…

  5. RudiO said

    Please don’t beat yourself up for getting an Amazing Book deal dropped onto your lap. Even if it means that your Subscription Patterns wont come out in the time line that you imagined!
    Keep up the Great Planet June work!!!!
    I can’t wait until your book is out!!! And then the subscriptions will start coming out again as well!!!!

  6. Katherine said

    amazing!! I am excited for you and the book deal!!
    I would definitely buy a book filled with your amazing patterns :)

  7. DI said

    No worries. I am pleased the next one will be the meerkat, even if it isn’t until next year. I am looking forward to that pattern as I really enjoy your work and think it will be well worth the wait. I have a work colleague who is nuts for them. Such cute animals.

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