The t-shirts are go! Made by kindred spirit Kate, of Cornwall-based Syrup and Salt. You can get yours here.
My prototype was a size S, and it is really quite S, so Kate made the first batch made up in M and L. Because even if you can easily fit into an S, it’s a bit cooler and more modern to wear your t-shirt loose.
But, one of the reasons I chose Kate to make the shirts is that she can make these to order with a quick turnaround, so if you want an S one, just ask.
They are a snip at £20. They are a lovely t-shirt, pre-washed with a cute, discreet “the spike” logo in navy flock. FLOCK, GUYS, FLOCK!! LIKE THE WALLPAPER. It’s very touchable.
The t-shirt is a perfect weight with plenty of stretch and give. It falls nicely. I love mine. Buy yours here!
Kate uses no plastic in her packaging and your t-shirt will come wrapped in brown paper and sealed with recycled tape. I know these things are important to you.
Those of you not on Instagram will not know that I have hired a web designer to turn The Spike from blog into more of a website.
This only means good things for you: it will be easier to navigate, I will import the best recipes from Recipe Rifle on here, there will be a books section and some kind of bit where you can ask fellow Spikers questions and we can all reply.
We have, I’m sure you will admit, become a sort of community, a hive mind (without the sting in the tail of, say, Mumsnet) so I hope this will be useful.
My web designer, Cat, is a marvel. She came highly recommended and she is brilliant and making me do all sort of work on this that I have been too lazy to do before but should have done.
And as you know, good things don’t come cheap; my initial plan was to make the t-shirts a sort of not-for-profit thing but in fact that’s kind of babyish of me.
The t-shirts are a little bit more expensive than they absolutely have to be, but all my share of the profits will go to paying for the new website. I will have to sell 300 t-shirts to break even, so this is definitely not a money-spinner – but every little helps.
And also, I think I personally would rather pay a bit more for a t-shirt to financially support and feel genuinely invested in a blog I quite liked, rather than pay less just to have a t-shirt with the name of a blog I quite liked on. I hope that you feel the same way.
My dream of course is for two people to see the other wearing one of these t-shirts and strike up an instant best friendship. It could happen!