When it rain it pours.
It just never fails does it? The universe in it’s infinite wisdom and wicked sense of
self amusement timing never fails to add fuel to the already flaming fire. Craziness.
So we had this wonderful Once in a Blue Moon sale right? And orders might have exceeded our expectations (wildest dreams) but we’re keeping within the time frame we promised and then kaboom Becky notices some weird staining on the wall in my front bathroom. So we call contractor Rick. He shows up and does some investigating and finds a leak. A bad leak. A leak in the wall between my front bathroom and my back bathroom. After I saw what he found and the horrified look on his face I called my homeowners insurance company and ever since that phone call all hell has broken loose here. We had no water, since you can’t fix plumbing leaks with the water on. Which means we had no water in the dye barn either. Not a drop!!
I don’t mind telling you that is one of my worst nightmares. Seriously, the no water thing, as a dyer, is some pretty bad news.
Do you know how hard it is to dye yarn with no water? It’s like kind of impossible. Water is an essential component of the dyeing endeavor. You know what else? It’s hard to rinse yarn without water!. Oh yeah, it is. So my dear knitters we did the best we could with jugs and tubs, as one does.
Creative problem solving at it’s best. I’m pretty proud of my team and the roll with it philosophy we’ve all developed this year.
So what does all this mean for you? It means that we are a wee bit behind schedule. What we promised on order fulfillment for the sale period was two weeks and we just hit that mark.
We expect to be caught up on this coming Thursday, barring any other unforeseen out of our control occurrences, that is. Fingers crossed dear knitters. Because as I’m writing this there are mega heaters (HUGE) and fans under my house drying out the floor boards. (I’d take pictures of them to show you but they are under the house and we all know what lives under there.)
Both of my bathrooms are ripped apart and bits and pieces of my home are scattered.
Just between you and me… it’s a bit much. I really feel like I’ve handled it all pretty well. There might have been a tearful moment where I hid in the chicken coop for a few minutes, before Debra found me, but I think that’s perfectly within reason.
We thank you for your patience and understanding with all of this. As always if you need to discuss or have a question or concern please email us at
In other Knot Hysteria type news… it’s that time of year again. November is swiftly approaching which means it’s time for Stephanie and I to announce the registration for our November Retreat. Registration will be live on this coming Monday the 18th . We’ll be in Port Ludlow, Washington, and the retreat will begin the evening of the 9th of November, and continue until Monday night. (that’s the 12th.) We’ll be revisitng our Colour theme because, we all had such good time we want to do it again. So that makes it a Dye, Spin, Knit retreat. There will be lots more details on Monday. Stephanie is your knitting teacher and Judith MacKenzie will be in the lovely space over the water, teaching spinning and I will be in the room next to her with they whole dyeing end of this. For the first time ever though, we’d like to give our alumni (at retreat we call them repeat offenders) a chance to register first. You’ve been great customers, so if you’ve been to a retreat before, and you’d like to come to this one, please email us , and we’ll try to get you in. No promises, because we’re leaving a certain number of spots for the new kids, but you can try to beat the rush. The price is about the same as the last time, $745.
If you’re a business, and you’d like to contribute to our goody bags, we’d be thrilled. You can email us at that same address.
We’d love to hear from you.
It’s back to the dye barn for me. Have a lovely weekend!