Questions……..

…..that keep me awake at night.

  • Wedges – good or evil? Ditto babydoll dresses?
  • Where can I find a round house? I must live in a round house. Or octagonal, at a push.
  • Why doesn’t coffee taste as good as it smells? Not to mention bacon?
  • Do I ever accidentally hit on the right thing to say when I meow at my cats?
  • Is there anyone out there who actually feels as cool as they genuinely are? Or is the entire world made up of cool people who feel like idiots, and idiots who think they are cool people?
  • Why is it impossible to find the perfect shade of red lipstick? And why do I keep trying? And when am I going to clear those 2038 unused lipstick tubes from my makeup drawer?
  • What was the name of that blog, written by a New York girl who worked in publishing, had a wonderful turn of phrase, and an eye for striking photographs, had some problem with her feet that involved many painful operations, and had a drawing of a radish (beetroot? some vegetable anyway) with a face at the top of the blog page. And what happened to her?
  • The later it gets, the more surreal the questions. I really should try to get some sleep.

    Temptation……..

    Thanks for all the feedback on the new postal charges system. Phew, we got it right! That’s good to know.

    Now then, before I show you the good stuff that’s coming up this week, I want you to earn your keep. Two questions:

  • Has anyone seen a pattern for a man’s cable knit hoodie? I like the Central Park Hoodie, and the classic Rogue hoodie, but I am looking specifically for one designed for men. Any ideas?
  • And a question for my fellow cat owners: one of cats has been constantly sneezing since yesterday morning. He doesn’t seem ill, but surely this is not normal? Can cats get colds (and will my other cat catch it?)? Or hay fever?!
  • Ok, onto the good stuff. Here are some of the spectrum of laceweight colours from Sunday’s update.

    Happy Thursday, darlings!

    Bits & Bobs……

    As of today, I have a cleaner. I feel like such a grownup. If you’ve never had someone come and clean your house for you, oh boy, it’s so worth it. My house sparkles now. This makes me very, very happy.

    As does the sight outside my window. 200 skeins of yarn blowing in the wind. And I know I seem to say this every week, but I really think that this week’s batch is the best yet. Jam_Mam, look away NOW. Seriously. Because the laceweight colours this week……….wow. Jewels, every one of them. Deep sapphire, shimmering emerald, rich ruby. There are some real beauties. I’ll give you some previews on tomorrow’s blog.

    Onto another topic. (I’m a little woolly headed today, because my head aches and I’ve taken strong painkillers, so do excuse the lack of finesse in today’s blog). We’ve been having a lot more customers from outside the UK recently, which is totally fab. I get really excited packing up orders to go around the world. Posh Yarn in Japan, Canada, Finland, America, New Zealand….. oh, everywhere! So cool. But it has raised some issues with our postage charges. Because our postage rates were set by order value, not by where you live. This meant that this week alone, our postage costs came to £100 more than we charged you. Ouch. So, after a lot of consideration, we’ve come up with what we believe to be the best solution, both for you as customers and for us as a business.

    From now on, postage costs will be at a set rate, regardless of the size of your order, and will depend on your location. The charge for UK customers will be £1.75, and for airmail customers (that’s everyone outside the UK) the charge will be £2.75. I’m still figuring out how to handle multiple purchases – either I’ll continue to manually check through and refund you if you’ve paid postage more than once, or I may set a third option on the delivery part of checkout, which says ‘Multiple Purchase – no delivery charge’. What do you think?

    Clever Customers…..

    One of the frustrating things about not having broadband is that it’s very difficult to receive your photos of finished garments. I’ve had some beauties through, but they take oh forever to download. I’ll have to figure a way around that. And I must, must, must take some time this week (next week, sometime, never) to update the gallery.

    Here are two that lifted my heart recently. I love seeing all the photos that come in, but these two particularly interested me. The first because it was from one of our Lace Club members, and I think that the way she has interpreted the last club pattern is just spectacular (look at the edging!). Plus, the photo is just so…… Posh!

    The next photos were from a much beloved customer, Anniken, who has taken some of our Sophia 4ply yarn and designed a gorgeous shawl pattern with it.

    The pattern is available from her website. I think I might have a go at it myself (ahem, once the two current shawls are done, of course).

    And I have so many other great photos sitting in my inbox, waiting their turn in the spotlight. I need more hours in the day. And broadband.

    By the way, for those of you who are coming to Wonderwool: if you wear something made from Posh Yarn, we’ll give you 10% off all your purchases. Get those needles a-clicking!