Who Broke Posh Yarn?

As many of you know, our shopping cart system is cracking up a bit under the pressure of the Sunday night mayhem. Last night’s sale was a bit chaotic, but everyone was so patient and understanding, I really appreciated that. I’ve talked to my software guy today, and he’s explained that the problem is (probably) being caused by the fact that the software is hosted on a different server to the PY site, and that the server is old and a bit slow, so is struggling to cope with the demands on it. He has promised to transfer the software over to the better server this week, which should put the problems right. If it doesn’t, he’s going to investigate further.

Now, the problem is that the demands of the PY sale are quite unique, and difficult for him to replicate in a test sale. The first update after the transfer (which should be April 5th’s sale) may have some hiccups, it may even be more chaotic than last nights, but the only way to fix the problem is to test it out and see how it goes. If you can bear it, please shop as normal on Sunday, but don’t panic if things go a bit wonky. I’m desperately hoping it won’t, but just in case, I’m warning you all. If I wasn’t going away on Wednesday, I’d set up a fake sale as a test run, but I don’t have the time (I’m struggling to get everything ready in time as it is). And I don’t want to skip a sale altogether. So we’ll let Sunday’s sale go ahead, and hope that things run smoothly. And if they dont, we’ll sort it out from there. Whichever way it goes, we’ll have the system fixed in the next couple of weeks, and these ongoing niggly problems will be sorted, one way or another. Thank you all so much for your patience and support during this worrying time.

Shop Update 29.03.09

I think we’ve got a beautiful selection of yarn and fibre for you this week, but hey, I’m biased! The shop preview is now up, so have a look and see what you think. Don’t forget to visit our Flickr page to see the week’s yarn in extra large photos.

Time Flying

First off, a few bits of important news:

  • British clocks move forward one hour on March 28th. This means that the sale time will be at 7pm BST (British Summer Time) instead of 7pm GMT. You can check the times against your local time here.
  • Royal Mail are raising postal prices on April 6th, and so we are having to put our prices up too. This week’s sale will be at the normal postal rates, but from the following week’s sale (April 5th) onwards, our postal prices will be £2.25 for UK customers, £3.25 for everyone else. As before, the rate is fixed, regardless of how much you purchase.
  • We’ve got three gorgeous new yarns coming in soon. Daisy – 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Bamboo in sock weight (400 yards per 100g), £12 per 100g skein. Grace – 50% Suri Alpaca / 50% Merino in lace weight (1200 yards per 100g) and sock weight (300 yards per 100g), £12 per 100g skein. And Martha – 80% Superwash Merino / 10% Nylon / 10% Cashmere in sock weight (400 yards per 100g), £13 per 100g skein.
  • April’s Sock Club will go out at the beginning of next week. The yarn is Charlotte 4ply, and the colourway (which I’m not posting spoiler photos of this time) is inspired by the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” If you are a club member, watch your inbox over the next week to see our pattern recommendations for this yarn.

I’m going to apologise in advance for the next couple of weeks, because I’m going to be AWOL from the blog for a lot of the time. We’ve got our lovely, lovely Plucky visitors coming next week, and I’ll be out and about doing fun stuff with them. And beforehand, there’s much work to be done so that I can enjoy a bit of time off while they are here.

I’m not feeling too well these days either, so I’m more tired than usual. I don’t intend to cut back on the weekly sales, so the only other thing to cut back on is the blog. I may be stopping by now and then, we’ll see how things go. But if I don’t manage to get the pre-sale picks up on here, you can always view the larger images of the sale yarn in our Flickr set (the link is at the top of the shop preview page each week). And you’ll know my favourite, because it will be the front page shot.

Posh Projects

On the Posh Knitters group on Ravelry, there is a project page, where members can post details of their Posh Projects. I had a look at it earlier, and we are nearly up to 1000 projects. WOW! There are some stunning projects on there, so I’d like to send you there this morning. Get some inspiration for your next project! I know I have.