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3 posts from April 2006

April 26, 2006

No Knitting Content....

Just a warning....no knitting content here today.  Just wanted to let everyone know that the new Godsmack CD, Godsmack IV, Godsmackiv was released yesterday.  For those of you that don't know my musical taste, I really love metal.  Scary, huh?  I am partially responsible for the music that my son and daughter listen to, much to DH's despair!  Anyway, I picked up the CD yesterday on a shopping excursion with Tori.  Makes me very happy that they finally came out with the album......now I just have to see if they will be going on tour soon and when they will be in Sacramento.....

April 24, 2006

Have You Heard???

Thanks everyone for the very nice and understanding comments!  I promise to get better about blogging and showing some of my many projects in progress.  I'm hoping to get a handle on those projects soon......I seem to have way too many of them right now!!!

Part of the reason that I have not been posting (aside from all of the other things I have been doing) is that Madeline and I are putting together a Yarn Shop Hop!!! 

Shophoplogomed What is a Yarn Shop Hop????  Well, glad that you have asked!  Basically, over a 4-day period, you visit all the participating stores on the Shop Hop list.  The first store that you visit will give you a passport.  This passport needs to be stamped by every store that you vist.  At the last store on your quest, you will hand in your passport.  Each person that hands in a completed passport will be entered into a drawing for: Grand Prize-basket worth $500 in knitting supplies/yarn or 1st Prize-a basket worth $250 in knitting supplies/yarn.  Pretty nifty, huh? 

What is really exciting is that 12 stores are participating!  We only had one store say no!  I was really surprised to see that there are 12 stores in the greater Sacramento area!  We are including everywhere from Grass Valley to Elk Grove, from Placerville to Davis!  Pretty good sized area.  Will be fun for everyone.

So, what does putting together all of this entail????  Well, Madeline contacted all the stores that we knew of and a few more that were suggested by others.  Once we got to twelve stores, we figured that would be enough for now.  Since we are sponsoring this event, we are putting together the passports and flyers for everyone.  I even set up a small page from the store website.  You can see it here.  As you can imagine, this has kept us very busy. 

We are very excited about this.  We have had several people tell us that they are really looking forward to seeing all of the different stores.  I really hope that this will be successful.  This will allow us to do this again next year and hopefully have even more stores participating.  Let me know what you think about this idea!  Leave a comment or email me! 

April 13, 2006

I know....I've been bad.....

Hello all!  No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth!  After many people saying to me, "Wow, you haven't updated your blog in ages!" I decided it was time to get back to doing this.  Not that blogging is a chore, not at all.  It just isn't at the top of my priority list!  So here is a synopsis of my life for the past 6+ months:

September-Post Birthday

Working an outside job and having the store has been keeping me very busy!  Have made many new friends at the store, that has been great.  Having some growing pains at the store (managing the personnel and doing the paperwork is not a fun job!!)

October

Big changes at the store!  I am not working an outside job anymore (yay!) and am at the store full time, actually all the time!  We have been getting in more and more stock every day.  The store is really getting full!  Seems like I am having to buy more and more fixtures.  Will definitely have to visit Ikea when they open in Spring '06.  I now have another full time person in the store, Madeline.  She has been a godsend!  Also, Cindy has pitched in and is teaching classes and working part time too!!  There is so much to catch up on since I wasn't here full time when the store opened.  Fortunately, John's business had been very busy, so we can eat :)

November

Wow!  Business has really picked up!  We are being discovered by more and more people every day.  I am still trying to catch up on everything still get all of the day to day things completed.  I have so little time to knit, but it has been so much fun meeting new knitters. 

The kids are finally done with their extra curricular activities.  Johnny did really well playing football this year.  He lead the league in sacks and made Second Team All League and First Team All Area for defense.  Not bad as a sophomore playing varsity football!  Tori's cheer team placed 2nd in their division at the cheer competition.  I think she is suffering from some burn out, but she is very pleased with her team.

December

We have been extremely busy!  Our First Annual Open House was this month and was a great success.  We had a fun night of knitting, eating, and talking.  DH even came out and helped for a while.  Madeline's idea was perfect.  It was a great way to celebrate the season with friends.

I also started up a newsletter for the shop.  This has been fun to do and quite interesting too.  If you would like to sign up, I will be adding a sign up button to my blog.

January

Talk about a busy month!  After all of the craziness of the holidays is over, now we have all these new people coming into the store!  This is great.  We have started up lots of knit a longs in the shop and people seem to really enjoy them.  I'll have to post some of the pictures later. 

February

Went to Stitches!  Need I say more???  Madeline and I took the train to Santa Clara.  That was sooo much fun.  A very exhausting day.  We met up with Lew and the Lacy Knitter's Guild.  That was lots of fun.  Got to meet Gene Beugler.  He was tatting away.  That would be something fun to learn...

March

Where is Spring?  All that we have been seeing is rain!  If I ever finish my Bristow cardigan, I can actually wear it before next year.  The shop is doing great.  I keep expecting things to slow down, but we keep getting in new customers and our regulars are still shopping.  I am so glad that people like the shop. 

April

OK, I am sort of up to date.  Yes there is more to tell.  I talked to Cher last night and she has started a blog herself!  Please check out Knit Vicious.  I am sure that her blog will be very entertaining.