April 9th, 2007

It’s the Easter Bagel Charlie Brown!

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How many of you remember the Charlie Brown classic “It’s the Easter Beagle. . . . “? I always loved these holiday specials growing up and love them all over again watching them with my kids. Although Charlie Brown Christmas and The Great Pumpkin are classics, I love the Easter special and the Thanksgiving specials as well. When Jackson was small, he started calling “Easter Beagle” the “Easter Bagel” and to this day it’s what we call it. Steve and I can’t help but giggle at the crossover between our two backgrounds although it was unintentional.

So the Bunny came, but was nearly caught in the act. Had the candy and treasures for the boys’ baskets in the back of the car and Jackson spied them and asked about it. I covered up quickly and changed the subject. At bedtime on Saturday night, he was sad and I asked what was wrong. He said “I want to ask about the Easter stuff in the car, but I don’t want to know the answer”. I was heartbroken for him and angry at myself for being careless. My kids are big believers – until now. I think I covered my tracks well enough and in referencing Santa, it was obvious that his belief in him remains unwavering. I know some people think all of this lying to our children is bad, but to me, it’s one of the few magical parts of life that remain. I intend to protect that innocence as long as I can.

My KAL Top Down Sweater is progressing. After getting my stitches twisted (I know, how silly of me) I am on my way and really liking my new yarn choice. I doubt very much that I will be at the first sleeve by the time we record this week, but that’s okay. I do need to check my row gauge and see if I need to adjust the measurements for this next section.

My Berkshire Bulky project for the next catalog is also moving along, which is a good thing. That has a serious deadline. I’ve also got a project in either Southwick or maybe Longmeadow that is starting to formulate in my head. We’ll see where that leads. . . . .

Starting next week, Steve and I will be meeting with all of our yarn reps to start buying yarn for Fall ’07. The reps know we like to see the new yarns as soon as they come out of their sales meetings so that we have plenty of time to make selections for our catalogs, etc. I love seeing the new yarns. The process is intense and grueling especially when we have reps coming in everyday, but it’s also very exciting. I”ll try to give you some sneak peeks at what is to come for next season.


9 Responses to “It’s the Easter Bagel Charlie Brown!”

  1. Tan Says:

    When I worked at a yarn store, my favorite thing was watching the owner work the reps. “No. No. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. No. Yes. Yes.” She absolutely would not bend. If she didn’t plan to carry every shade of a yarn, whatever other shades she stocked she always bought two bags of the shade she liked most and two bags of the shade she liked least. “It will turn out to be someone else’s favorite color.”

  2. Kathy Says:

    Tan – I love this. . . .What’s funny is that Steve and I are the yin/yang but I love that your LYSO was her own personal yin/yang! Kudos to her! Despite anyone’s level of experience, etc., trying to “know” what customers will like/want is the biggest challenge we face – it’s exciting and frightening all at the same time. I hope whomever you worked for continues to have a thriving business. She obviously knew what she was doing.

  3. Melissa Says:

    Once on Christmas Eve I woke after midnight to find my father walking through my room carrying a Barbie Airplane. He’d sneaked out to the barn through the connecting door in the back of my closet. I said “Daddy what are you doing with a Barbie Airplane?” he said “Go back to sleep. I was never here.” I went back to sleep. We never discussed it, but I KNEW from then on.

  4. goldwoman Says:

    The weekend of the 20th of April will be our APRIL RETREATS 4th trip to WEBS. We have been coimng up just to shop. Adn we willb e there breight and early Saturday morning…all swearing that we won’t buy a thing and then ….well you know the answerto that! It’s a girls away weekend, there are about 12 of us. We have a great time…and look forward to seeing your sale items and everything else in between!….cg

  5. Heather Says:

    Hi Kathy, I love listening to your podcast, and just thought I would stop in and say “hi”. Keep up the great work!

    By the way, did you know that the webs@yarn.com and customerservice@yarn.com e-mail addresses keep bouncing 🙁

  6. Kathy Says:

    Hi Goldwoman – Thanks for the heads up that your group is coming. We’ll try to set aside some space for you to put your stuff, hang out, etc. Just have to see what’s going on class-wise. Thanks for including us in your weekend escape! I am jealous, I must admit!

    Heather – Thanks for the kind words, we are working hard at the podcast and having lots of fun. We have the next 7 weeks of guests lined up including a truly “live” broadcast from the Tent Sale on 5/19. Now of course it won’t run “live” on the podcast, but hopefully everyone out there will get a feel for the day – it is really on of the most incredibly electric, frantic, fun days. . . .

    I’ll pass the issue with the email addresses onto our tech-guru Josh and see what he says. Sometimes he has our security so tight we start to feel bound & gagged. He’s intentions are good, just a bit overzealous at times 🙂

  7. Sunflowerfairy Says:

    I would *love* to be a fly on the wall during those meetings!!!

    Can I be your coffee girl or something? lol

  8. Cirilia Says:


    The sock madness has begun over at this blog…850 sock knitters in need of yarn!

  9. honeybee33 Says:

    oh, your son just broke my lil heart!!! how dear. no wonder you feel so guilty! ;~)

    ~ hb33 ~

    p.s. luv the podcast too!!! still waiting for a free weekend to travel west from Boston … so close and yet so far … ~ hb33 ~

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