20.10.12

My dear Poshies,

You, and I, have all suffered from the glitches in the current checkout system. I have long promised you changes, but could never pin the techie guy down to actually creating and implementing them. I was beginning to give up hope, when our very own Fairy Godmother came along with her magic wand. Meg has been working hard for months on a brand new checkout system, as well as improvements to the Posh website. We are just about ready to start testing the changes. We need your help.

On Wednesday October 24th 2012, at 8pm (UK time), we are going to hold a mock shop update, and we need as many of you as possible to participate. This is designed to replicate the Sunday update as closely as possible, so we need a real feeding frenzy to test the system to its limits. We need as many of you as possible, shopping as you normally would (cut throat style!). This will enable Meg to analyse how well the system works and what needs adjusting. The better this test goes (I mean, the more accurately it replicates a real update), the less likely it is that when we implement it for real, it will crack up under the stress (and me too).

Please, please, if you can help us we would be so grateful. I’m going to offer you an incentive. Two incentives. I will be selecting one customer at random from the update, and you will receive a £25 Posh Yarn gift voucher. As well, the first customer to complete checkout will receive a free skein of yarn from our Orphans pile (which includes some of our more luxurious bases, like Natasha, Audrey, and Miranda). I’m hoping that this will entice you to shop with as much speed and determination as you normally would on a Sunday!!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Hope you can join in on Wednesday!!

Hugs, Dee

19.10.12

This week’s shop preview is now up! And the Flickr set is here.

This is the last of the stocks of Bonnie & Harriet. I haven’t decided yet whether to reorder. But on the plus side, we have fresh stocks of Catherine in! Not early enough to get some dyed for the update, but I’ve put some undyed on there, because I know some of you have been waiting for that.

18.10.12

Hi, I’m Dee, and I’m a lazy blogger. But let’s see if I can pull something together for you today.

  • A few weeks ago I said to a friend, I don’t care if I never knit another stitch in my life, but as the weather gets colder, my knitting mojo has flooded back.
  • People, I have started knitting with some Audrey 4ply – ohmygoodness, it is amazing. So luxurious it should be illegal. I’m knitting Bakau – my first semi-circular shawl. The cast on was scary but doable, and now I’m enjoying the rhythym of the stocking stitch section. Photos when it’s grown a bit.
  • I am embracing autumn this year, instead of shrinking in horror from the impending winter. I’ve started using my lightbox again, and the difference in my sleep is remarkable. I’ve got a busy autumn/winter ahead of me, and I’m actually looking forward to it.
  • I’ve been following an extremely strict anti-inflammation diet for my M.E. and it is working really well. I haven’t had one flare up since I started, in fact. It’s basically a variant of Paleo – no dairy, no sugar, no grains (including quinoa, rice), no legumes (beans etc), no potatoes apart from sweet potatoes, no alcohol. It’s not exactly low-carb, and that’s just as well, since I can’t tolerate low-carb diets, but the carbs are fairly limited, sweet potatoes, bananas, root vegetables. It seems to suit my body nicely. Now if only I could kick my coffee habit…….
  • We’re nearly up to 2000 members on our Ravelry group. How cool is that!!
  • I’ve got quilting projects to show you, but I’ll save that for another day.
  • Fresh stocks of Catherine arriving next week!
  • I’m indulging myself in a Victoria Holt-fest – trashy, but entertaining!
  • The fashions this year stink. I don’t think I’ll be doing my fashion spreads for you – I have only seen about two things that I don’t hate so far!!
  • But opaque tights rock.
  • Gregory Alan Isakov also rocks.
  • I was naming this week’s yarn yesterday, and one of the colourways has been named, *There Are No Words*, because, really, there aren’t. To.Die.For.
  • And…………. I’m out.
  • xoxo

16.10.12

I recently came across this poem, from the book Healing The Hurt Within, and thought it so very apt.

Take My Advice (why don’t you?)

Go and get a life I say,
just tell the hurt to go away,
I don’t like it when you are low,
I want the ‘old you’ back, you know.

It’s not healthy to be depressed,
you’re getting really self-obsessed,
get out of bed and face the day,
put on a smile; it’s better that way.

There, there, dear, I know how you feel,
but it’s all in the past, so what’s the big deal?
Go find a job: you could learn how to knit,
I think that you should stop dwelling on it.

Aunt Maud says her neighbour Miss Wood,
thinks all this counselling really does you no good,
And my friend Beryl (her sister’s a nurse)
says she’s read in the paper that they just make you worse.

And I’m not being nasty, but can you not see,
how your nervous breakdown is worrying me?
You know that I love you, you know that I care,
but I really do think you’re being unfair.

And then there’s the children, they still need their Mum,
so pull up your socks and get off your bum.
I know what you’re thinking, I’m nobody’s fool,
emotional blackmail’s a powerful tool

So take my advice and block out the past,
live for today and put on your mask,
try not to cry, try not to feel,
who really cares if you’re not being real?

What does it matter, what small price to pay,
to take who you are, and lock it away?
So please stop this nonsense, do it for me,
I know that you’re hurting, but I don’t want to see.