Closing the Shop! (And Going Back to Bed…)

Timing is everything, isn’t it?  After weeks of frenetic work in the studio to prepare for Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet (50lbs of yarn dyed in two days, anyone?), nights of help from friends and family, planning and packing and redesigning the booth…  the eve of the festival is upon us.  And when I woke up this morning, I realised right away that I am sick.

Sick sick sick.  Hot-and-cold-shivering sick.  Can’t-breathe sick.  Another-cup-of-tea-please sick.  Want-to-crawl-right-back-into-bed-thank-you-very-much sick.  Oh crud.  Timing…  everything.

But today was set-up day, and so we set up the newly redesigned booth (How newly redesigned? Still building the fixtures this morning!).  There’s five more tubs of yarn to hang up, but here’s how it looks so far…

The SpaceCadet's booth at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival

The SpaceCadet's booth at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival (sideview)

I was exhausted by the time we finished!  I could have happily crawled under that table and gone to sleep.  I am honestly planning to take my teapot and keep it under the table, tuck up in its tea cosy, to keep myself supplied in healing cups of steaming hot tea all day.  I don’t think I’ll make it through the day without them!

And because all the yarns are at the show, I will of course be closing the shop while we’re there.  Timing, y’know.  If you’re in the area, come and see us and meet all the yarns in person.  And if you’re not, I’ll have the shop back up and running early next week — and I’ll be adding some of those lovely new yarns I’ve been dying in the last few weeks.

Oh and hey, if you’re on Twitter, keep an eye on the hashtag #pghkc for live updates from the show from me and lots of others — and to find out whether I’ve given up and curled up under the table with my cup of tea!

A Bad Week with a Good Ending

I like to do my shop updates for Monday or Tuesday, and start your week with a little fibery eye-candy. But this past week was completely hijacked by a terrible winter cold that has hit the whole family. Everything has come to a complete halt.

And rather than my days being filled with steaming dyepots, they were filled with steaming cups of tea…


Well, actually more like this. When I’m not feeling well, I want a lot of tea…


We-e-e-ell…. ok… When I’m really ill (and I’ve been really ill), I always turn to my mother’s never-fail cough medicine: warmed honey with a (generous) splash of Scotch.  Taken by the teaspoonful and poured down the back of the throat, absolutely nothing soothes a scratchy and nagging cough so well.

So… ok…  ok!  Maybe my week looked a bit more like this…

Tea, honey, Scotch, a box of tissues, me under the duvet…  and no shop update.

But something wonderful happened this week too — something really exciting that’s saved the whole miserable, cold-filled week…  SpaceCadet Creations made its 100th sale!  And that makes me want to celebrate.  So this week, instead of a shop update, I’m giving you a wee treat: every order placed between now and midnight on Thursday will get 10% off.  It’s just a little thing, a little gift from me to you to say thank you for all of your support.  Just enter the code “100Sales” at checkout to claim your discount.

And if you happen to have a bit of a cold too… Well, come over here and sit next to me.  I’ve got a box of tissues, and we can share a nice pot of tea.  …And maybe some of Mum’s cough medicine too — it really is lovely.

Small print: Offer ends Friday 17 December 2010 at 12.00am (EST). Discount excludes shipping and any applicable tax.  Discount cannot be redeemed for cash.