Seeing what happens when a knit store gets a blog

I have a knitting shop in Concord, NC. I've been here a year, bringing yarn to the masses. We have regular Knit Nights and there are plans for parties and classes. Stop by if you are in the area, or visit the website at and have a look around!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I had a bad day

So I was trying to do some stuff to the web site yesterday. Trying to upload some images, trying to change Featured Products, things like that. Simple stuff. Only I couldn't. Could not for the life of me figure out where Featured Products got changed. The images I got, but I think I'm going about it in a roundabout manner.

So I'm doing a time-consuming task that I feel could go faster if only I knew how. Frustrating. Can't find Featured Products. More frustrating. This goes on for a couple hours. I was ready tp throw the computer against a wall.

I didn't throw the computer against a wall. I was a good girl. I decided I would take myself away, mentally and geographically, and further decided that I would start an afghan on the machine. Patty put together a Super Bond for me (all the bits of the Bond, put together, as far as the table will let it stretch) so that I could make something big. So I picked some pleasant yarn, thought I'd get started and have something cool to show Patty who was coming to pick up some yarn about an hour later. That was the plan, anyway.

I got cast on. That was all. I could not for the life of me figure out how to thread the carriage. I knew there was something about "under" or "through". I tried three times, and three times I had to untangle and cast on again. Casting on on needles is not so bad, but it's quite frustrating on a machine, especially when you threaded the carriage wrong and it becomes locked in place. I looked in "The Machine Knitters Dictionary". Nothing. I went online. Nothing. I fumed and read Fark till Patty arrived and helped me.

While Patty was helping me, John came in and fiddled with the web site, having heard me vent at Patty about it. That problem I'd been having? That I'd been trying to fix for a chunk of the day? That was making me want to visit violence upon my computer? Yeah, he figured it out in like two minutes.

So go look at the site,, and see where the Ditto is? Front page? Yeah, John did that. But at least he showed me how, so I can do more today.

Unless I become frustrated again and go knit. But I think Eva Cassidy will help keep my blood pressure down, so maybe it'll be OK.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Look! Another post!

I looked at my website this morning. Actually looked at it and paid it attention. Guess what the front page guff says? Something about Happy New Year's. Yeah, it's been a while since I updated it. I get distracted and do other things, and the poor little site goes by the wayside.

So I got to work this morning and tried to fix it. Only I can never remember where that little bit of typing hides in the admin part of the site. Usually I give up and ask Andy, who never showed me where it gets changed, he just goes "bink" and there it is on my screen. So I hunted for AN HOUR and finally, I think, found what I was supposed to change. So I wrote some happy little fluff about summertime and socks. Only I don't know if it took. It always takes a while from the actual hitting of the "yes I want this on my site" button, and it showing up on the site. Till it actually shows up, I'm never sure I did it right.

You'd think I would know how to use this thing, but I don't. Not that part anyway.

On the agenda for today: put the bin of stuff sitting beside me on Ebay. Put the scarf on Etsy. Put some sock yarn on Etsy, because gypsyknits told me I should. Put the stuff I scanned over the weekend on the site. Scan more stuff.

Long term to-do: reorganize the patterns. The patterns were organized into master books by manufacturer. Want a Plymouth pattern? I can find that. Want a cardigan? No clue. Well, some clue, but I have to go through 18 different books and then I still miss things. So I'm going to separate them out into the different projects. Kids stuff, sweaters, shells, tanks, hats, gloves, socks, scarves, shawls, home decor, stuff like that. I think it will be great fun. Also: tidy up actual pattern drawers.

Also: I need to clean my desk. 'Nuff said.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Posting, one two three

Yes, I am bad. Yes, I know. I guess I am going to update twice a year. OK, as my Middle Year's Resolution, I hereby state that I will update more often. We'll work out the details of how often later.

OK, I'll really post more often. I really will. Here's the current newsletter to keep you busy. I have to make potato salad.

Hello everyone! Are we all enjoying the unseasonably cool weather?
It's lovely and gray out - perfect knitting weather.

Mark your calendars: Knit Night is this Tuesday. Last week was a small
group. Peaches were passed out. See the fun things that happen at Knit
Night? The conversation drifted from yarn to pets to dinner to more
yarn. You, too, can get in on the fun of sitting around gabbing while
working on the latest WIP. Come on by after work, we'll be here till

I have attached a picture of the socks I made out of Marathon. It's a
fun self-patterning yarn, one of the new ones from Universal Yarn.
It's very easy to work with, very soft and yummy. Come in and check it

Don't forget about the Knitting For A Better World Basket. Donations
keep coming in in the form of little socks, sweaters and blankets.
Hats, gloves and mittens are also welcome. There is literature by the
basket about different charities you can knit for, so you can choose
one that suits you and your knitting interests.

On sale this week: in honor of it just having been Flag Day, all red,
white or blue yarn will be 15% off.

We'll see you at the store!

Here is sock picture goodness for you. On the agenda: put this yarn on the site. Either tomorrow or Tuesday. Probably Tuesday. Tomorrow should be cleaning day. So has it been written, so shall it be done.