Sunday, March 23, 2008

Late as Usual

As you know, I had intended to have the update finished last night. Unfortunately, I had a lot more items than I thought and, as has been happening lately, I wore myself out. I will resume working on the update when we get back from brunch tonight. I cancelled our trip because of the workload. I also will not be going to the prison on Monday so I may get the update done.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and, if you have little ones, that they find lots of eggs and goodies. :)

Friday, March 21, 2008


I'm in the process of updating the shop and will be finished tomorrow night. Drop by and see all the new items, from yarn to notions to roving and everything in-between. I'm also adding some items which are exclusive to us.

One of the things being added are patterns by Randi K Designs. The "Helene" patterns were designed to raise money for the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston in honor of the designer's sister, who is battling breast cancer. All proceeds will go to the hospital. Yarny Goodness is proud to be carrying these patterns in order to help raise money. Many women in my family have either died from breast cancer or lost a breast due to it, so it's a personal issue.

We are experiencing periodic power outages tonight, so if you write and don't get a reply, you know why. Also, any purchases will be mailed out Tuesday. We are leaving tomorrow night after I finish the update and won't be back until late Monday night.

I wish all of you a safe and enjoyable holiday. :)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Going To Prison

Hey Everyone -

Folsom Prison has come out of lockdown, so we're leaving for my usual Monday stint there. We'll be home tomorrow night, so anybody who places an order will have it shipped out on Tuesday.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have a lovely day!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Odds and Ends

Thank you, Syd! I'm delighted you like your package. :)

I just wanted to mention a few things that have happened.

We're now up to 58 vendors (it's hard to believe, but true). I've not received work from several of them, so we should be having updates for quite some time to come.

I've just placed my first reorder, and that was from Enchanted Knoll Farms. Josette has a new base yarn which is a merino/silk blend. I ordered that instead of the merino/nylon blend to see how you all like it.

I also just paid for my first shipment of a new tool which is near and dear to all of your hearts. I hope it goes over well.

I'm waiting to hear back from about seven new (I hope!) vendors. Their work ranges from yarn to roving to... uh... something that nobody else has. I really, really want that one.

Today, I signed up for a mailing list program that will allow me to set up and send out newsletters, as well as maintaining two mailing lists - one for vendors and one for customers. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please make sure that you open an account with the shop and check the box that says you want to receive it.

I'm now taking special orders for anything you want from any of our vendors. If you have such a request, please send me an email, and I'll do my best to accommodate you.

I've also taken out two Ravelry ads - a banner and a small box. They won't run until April (I was too late to do anything for March), but they'll begin running April 1.

The shop is doing very well. I'm pleased with our progress and hope that as we add new vendors, you will continue to find things that you can't live without. I'm not going to announce updates anymore; it seems like I never can make the deadline. Instead, I'll just do the update and then announce it.

As always, if you have questions, concerns, or problems, just drop me an email. Either Mark or I will address you personally.

Thank you!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

February Payments

All payments have been made. Your vendor pages won't reflect those payments yet; Mark is working on that feature.

Thank you so much for your business!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

News Items

First of all, the orders which were placed over the past few days have gone out. You should all have them in a few days.

I had to raise the cost of postage because I was losing close to $2.00 on most of the packages. The raise in price is still a good bargain. A lot of individual vendors don't have a flat rate; it's a larger amount for the first item and a lesser amount for each additional item. Since most of you are buying more than one item, this should cover everything. I'll still lose money on international packages since I send things Global Priority, but I'd rather lose money and ensure that the packages arrive instead of charging less and having them go via porpoise.

I totally forgot to send out prizes (I think there are three of them) to people who didn't buy anything but still won in the hourly drawings. I found that out today when I was looking through inventory. That is being remedied, and I apologize for my oversight.

I'm finding my rhythm with inventory, orders, mailing, etc. I knew it would happen; it was just a question of when. Now that the initial rush has ended, I have time to log things in my ledger immediately, pick orders when they come in, etc. Things will get done in a timely manner and will be more streamlined.

I have several new vendors coming onboard who offer an incredible array of merchandise. Not all of it is yarn, either. I have two vendors in particular who are offering totally unique things; I'm really excited about all of them. I'm also in negotiations with several other people.

Thank you again for being so supportive and understanding. I underestimated how long it would take to do certain things. I'm no longer under such illusions. I now have more realistic timelines for things.

I'm processing payments for consignment vendors right now. Mark is working on a page for vendors which will allow them to check on the status of their goods - how much I have on hand, what has sold, etc. It will eliminate the need for a monthly report and will allow them to check whenever they wish- this way, they won't have to wait until I issue a report once a month.

As new things come up, I'll post them here.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Shop Update

I'm announcing both here and on the shop blog that the shop has been updated. You will find all new vendors:

Three Fates Fiber
Lena Brown Angora Blend Yarn
Martina's Hand-Made Stitch Markers
FreckleFace Fibers
Debra's Garden

There are several other new vendors (and new items in KaratStix), but they will be included in the next update.

Hubster has also updated the look of the site. I think you'll enjoy the pictures and layout a lot more than before. Enjoy!