In this business, the end of the year is often hectic. But have you thought about what happens next? New Year's resolutions aside (we resolve not to make promises we can't keep), January is an ideal time to take stock and make plans. To help you out, we've rounded up six books to help you connect with community, find focus and more. Your call whether you buy them for yourself, gift to a friend or, you know, leave the article conspicuously open near someone who buys presents for you...

Also in this issue: a new Q&A with Calgary maker Martinus Pool, and a piece from the archives on some Canadian cross-stitch kit makers we think you'll find inspiring.

Plus, behind the scenes we're working on pricing and branding how-tos. Keep an eye out for those coming up later this month.

Yours in making,

Co-founders Corinna vanGerwen and Kat Tancock

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