It’s all about meme…..

1. FIRST NAME? Trudie, yuck, but Dee is much preferred.
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? That dreadful Wednesday. You know the one.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes!
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Corned beef. With ketchup.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I’d want to be. 7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Only this.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes. Worse luck.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Nooooo.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don’t do cereal.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Always.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Not in the least.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Anything chocolately.
14. SHOE SIZE? Honking great size 8′s (UK).
15. RED OR PINK? Red, red, red.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My perfectionism.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My dad.
18. WHAT FOOD WILL GET YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT? Are you crazy?
19. WHAT COLOUR TROUSERS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Pink pj’s and socks.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? A banana.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? A cat purring.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Black.
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Thyme.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My mother.
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their shoes.
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM? Love her.
27. FAVOURITE DRINK? Martini.
28. FAVOURITE SPORT? Ha, ha, you’re funny.
29. EYE COLOUR? Bluey-green.
30. HAT SIZE? I have no idea.
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No, glasses.
32. FAVORITE FOOD? Leftovers of any description.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings.
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Definitely winter.
36. HUGS OR KISSES? Who’s offering?
37. FAVOURITE DESSERT? Apple pie. With custard.
38. WHAT SIDE OF THE BED DO YOU SLEEP ON? The side furthest from the door.
39. IF YOU WASN’T MARRIED, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING TODAY? That is impossible to imagine.
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? An Angela Thirkell novel, Happy Returns. I like old books.
41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don’t have one.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Gilmore Girls. On DVD. I hate real TV. 43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain pattering on the window. A fire crackling. The pop of a cork.
44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Why isn’t Sinatra an option?
45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Portland, Oregon.
46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Ah, there’s too many to mention….
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Haverfordwest, in West Wales.
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I pinched it from Kerrie.

The weekend starts here….

There are some advantages to dark winter mornings; the excuse they give you to have large indulgent breakfasts, and waking up to a sunrise without having to wake up at some ungodly hour.

This morning I woke and looked out of the bedroom window, and the whole sky was crimson. It looked glorious, but didn’t last long enough for the camera to capture it properly…..


Five minutes later it started to rain. Ah well, it was lovely while it lasted.

So, all of this week’s OOW packages went out yesterday. I cannot wait to hear what you all think of the new yarns – I was getting all excited all over again as we were packing them up. We’re adding a new feature to the website, a feedback page. If you’ve bought yarn from us, send us your comments so we can share them with other shoppers.

Lots to do today. Yarn to be dyed, skeins to be labelled, parcels to be wrapped, paperwork to be ploughed through. But who cares: it’s Friday! Have a wonderful weekend, I’ll see you next week.
PS. Was that a boring post? It seems like a boring post to me. But I haven’t had my breakfast yet, and even Dorothy Parker must have been dull before breakfast.

Grinning from ear to ear……..

I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all. So tell me why should it be true, that I get a kick out of selling one off shades of yarn at a discounted price on a Wednesday to you?

Ahem, we’re a little punch drunk today. Yesterday was…..stressful? exciting? crazy? The software worked beautifully. Not one duplicated order. It had a little bug that needs straightening out, but nothing terrible. Thank goodness.

No, thank Peter!

And thank you all for sticking with us throughout this whole saga. Next week’s OOW will be a bumper crop, as a reward. Lots of sock yarn (which apparently you have an insatiable craving for).

And speaking of sock yarn….details of the new Sock Club will be announced in the last week of November. Stay tuned.

Take 3…..

Oh boy, W day has rolled around again. But this time it will all be good, yes it will. Won’t it?
We’ve tested and tested and tested the new e-commerce software. In fact, it’s running throughout the website now, so all your orders come through it. I like it, it’s more flexible than the Paypal shopping cart, especially for those who don’t want to pay with Paypal. And dear Peter, who has installed it for me, has assured me until he must be sick to death of doing so that it can definitely cope with the madness that is OOW. So, let the good times roll again.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind: the stock control database knows exactly how much of each yarn is left in stock, and is more up to date than the website may be. If an item says ’2 skeins in stock’ but the software says there is only 1, then the software is correct. Also, you may find that when you get to checkout, the items in your basket may not include everything you put in as you shopped. Don’t panic – this just means that someone else has checked out before you and bought those items, so that they are now out of stock. In this game, the fastest fingers win!

Everything should run nice and smoothly – right, Peter? tell me again, will you? – so just enjoy your shopping and let us take care of the rest. The party starts at 5pm!

See him knit…..

Much of this weekend was taken up with a new kind of project: teaching Mr P how to knit. He picked it up sickeningly quickly, as he does all practical skills. I went for spinning lessons once, and while I laboured over the wheel, completely unable to get the hang of it, he stood casually watching, and after 10 minutes, said ‘Let me have a go’, sat down and produced perfect yarn on his first attempt. Grrrrr.

However, in this case, I was awfully glad he picked it up so easily. I’m not a very good teacher, so it’s just as well he got the hang of it before either of our patience ran out.

I’ve started him off with some lovely squishy merino yarn (which we’re getting in stock in the next week), perfect for a simple garter stitch scarf. Simple in design, that is, but interestingly in its shape, since the edge waves in and out in a most modern abstract way, due to the fact that the number of stitches doesn’t stay the same on any two given rows.

And just to mix things up a bit, Mr P decided (because I’m sure that planning went into this) to add a few random holes. ‘Yes,’ he said cheerfully, when I pointed them out, ‘I think I dropped a stitch or two. But it’s ok, because I picked up some extra somewhere else.’ This is going to be a very striking scarf.

Can I ask the audience for some encouraging comments to cheer him on with his first knitting project?