January 12th, 2009

First Week Last Week

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Well, it appears that 2009 is going to be similar to 2008 in at least one way.  Speed of Time.  Despite my determination to slow the pace down a bit, 2009 just doesn’t appear to want to cooperate.  Rather than fight a losing battle all year long, I’ve decided to make peace with 2009 and it’s Speed Racer tendencies.  I will gladly zip along the days and weeks with you, on one condition.  I  have the right to shift us into first gear every now and again.  I might even slam the breaks on once or twice.   I’m hopeful that 2009 will be agreeable to my requests.  Wouldn’t want to get into a tussle with an entire year.  Only time will tell.

Last week was a crazy week (I know, you are all surprised beyond belief).  We got the kids back to school (Hurray!) only to have a snow day on Wednesday (Boo!).  Worst part of that was not only was Wednesday a snow day, it was the day of our Kate Jacobs event.

We’re hearty here in New England and Kate, well, consummate professional and trooper are terms that come to mind.  Despite our lower than expected turn out, she was gracious and engaging.  I always get a wee bit nervous at these events.  We plan, we advertise, we spiffy up the place and then all we can do is hope.  Yes, we take pre-registrations so we always have an idea of the numbers, but in reality, until folks are in the door and sitting down, nothing is definite.

We have some signed books still available and another 20 or so with signed bookplates.  If you are interested, please stop in and pick up a copy.  Or if you are ordering on-line, specify you want a signed copy.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Next day was our catalog shoot.  The shoots take a ton of prep and organization to make sure we are using our time efficiently. 

I think we got some great shots and I’m so excited about the new designs we have coming.  Our team did a great job.

I cannot wait to get the catalog printed and in the mail to all of you.  I am particularly interested in your response to the cover.  I will say this publicly, it was 100% my choice and Steve and the other folks who’s opinions matter to me were not very supportive.  Personally, I love it.   I hope you do too.

So, it’s going to be a crazy week (again, shocker of all shockers).  We have new spring yarns rolling in, Steve has been buying closeouts like a drunken sailor and we’re off to TNNA, the industry buying show.  I’m hoping to capture some cool videos at the show and maybe give you a few sneak peeks along the way.

Oh, and for those who are interested, here’s Jonathan at his first full-ice scrimmage:

Stay tuned! 

Kathy

P.S.  So how is 2009 treating you so far?

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  • Jocelyn

    Well, 2009 got off to a sloshy, soggy start. We were on vacation for 10 days and came home to find that at approximately day 5, a valve in one of our UPSTAIRS bathrooms went bad and started leaking! By the time we got home, the carpets, floors, some walls and some ceilings were completely waterlogged and ruined. Not what one wants to discover coming home at midnight after a 6-hour flight and 3-hour time change! Now we are collecting bids from contractors and we are waiting to see what Allstate will reimburse us. Yikes! See you in (hopefully dry) San Diego this weekend!

  • http://www.yarn.com kathy

    Oh gosh Jocelyn! What a nightmare! I feel so badly you’re having to deal with all of this. We have experienced our fair share of water issues over the years, but nothing to the extent you are struggling with. I hope to see you as well in SD and by all accounts – we can dry out and warm up quite nicely :)

    Kathy

  • http://goknitinyourhat@att.net Carol

    LOVE the ice hockey shot. Wow, he looks so professional. As a klutzy person, I have always greatly admired ice hockey players: you need all the coordination of field hockey AND you’re on ice the whole time!!

    If January is any indication, 2009 is going to fly by just as fast as ’08.

  • http://www.lornaslaces.net Beth Casey

    I sure wish I could have come to the singing! I read FNKC over the holidays. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting. Can’t wait for Knit Two!

  • http://www.lornaslaces.net Beth Casey

    Oops! SiGNing. Even though there may have been some singing.

  • Donna

    I would like the first 3 or 4 months of 2009 to race by and then it can slow down some.

    Love the picture of Jonathan – you should post more of both boys :)

  • http://yarnsunraveled.blogspot.com/ Kim

    2009 has been a bit crazy my way as well… planning a wedding sure does keep one busy! I go back to school the 26th, so I’m trying to get as much done as possible now.

  • http://www.yarn.com kathy

    Hey Beth – safe travels. The weather is beyond perfect. I think you should set your booth up outside :)

    Donna – I’m working to get all of our photos into Flickr and then you can access any and all whenever you want :)

    Kim – Weddings can definitely add an element of craziness. Try not to let it get too overwhelming! Congratulations! What’s the date?