Long-winded Pre-Holiday Update

It’s that time….Holiday Insanity Fun!

As knitters and crocheters, we all know that Black Friday does not necessarily mark the beginning of Holiday shopping, but rather the moment at which many of us exclaim “Bloomin’ Onion!  I still have to makes gifts for 5 people!  I only have HOW MANY days left??”  Yes indeed, it is that time of year when many of us will test the limits of carpal tunnel and sleep deprivation in order to bestow knitted love on many of our folk.  Sadly, this does not mean that we have planned well (like, uh…picking out the pattern or the yarn yet?  It’s not just me, right?) or that we don’t have such a fine supply of denial to spur on continued procrastination. 

Yes, I know the drill.  But in the interest of helping you all prevent wrist/hand crippling, we’re going to have a little therapyfun at Island Yarn this Friday, November 23rd.  The therapyfun consists of a 5 part plan.

Part One:  Energy

Cookies.  I already told you.  Come by and pick up a sugar high as “KNIT FASTER” will soon become your mantra.

Part Two:  Knitting time sans Family

I know your house may be flooded with the very people you are attempting to knit for this weekend, so feel free to escape to the store for a little secret knitting time.  Think you’ll run the risk of staying too long?  You can always blame it on Black Friday traffic!  “I just ran out to get tissues, but I was sitting at that light for an HOUR!”

Part Three:  Laughter is the best medicine

I don’t know if this is the same for any of you, but I have a deep love (read: obsession) with vintage patterns.  Because of this, I’ve acquired quite a few Workbasket magazines from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  I’ll have these in the store on Friday for you to peruse.  And when you see those delicious recipes for gelatin-y spam and fruit loafs, you’ll be very thankful about the overly-stuffed-never-want-to-eat-again sensation that has taken root in your stomach.  And when you see the pattern for knitted lederhosen, you’ll know what you are NOT knitting this season. 

Annnnnnnd…I’ll let you take one away with a purchase of $20 or more.  There I said it.  I was going to wait to see if I could really let them go until Friday, but now I’ve said it, and I’ll have to stick with it.  So, you can have one, while they last.  Watch out for the stampeding droves trying to get their hands on a 1971 Workbasket!  (Though that may just be me….I’ll stampede like its 1999.)

Part Four:  Inspiration

Can’t come up with any ideas?  Drag out all your knitting and see what comes to you.  The person who shows up wearing the most hand-knitted items will win a knitting notions mini-kit and $10 gift certificate good on your future purchases.  Just for getting crazywell dressed!  We’ll have another in-store contest, but you’ll need a tiny bit of brain power for that one.   Just a tiny bit, really.  Same prize up for grabs on that one. 

Part Five:  Ameliorate desperation!

So, Parts 1-4 bombed on you, or you know they won’t do it for you?  I put together a ton of kits this weekend, complete with pattern and yarn for the project.  These are being offered now until the end of November at prices that are much less than the total value of the contents.  Perfect if you just need to run in, cut to the chase, grab a project and get started.  The only thing that would make it better would be if I had a drive-thru.  (Just so you know, kits are final sale, no returns.)

And that’s it.  If none of that helps, all I can do is wish you luck.  Hope to see you this weekend (In other words….please don’t leave me with a pile of cookies on TOP of all the Thanksgiving leftovers)!

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