January 12, 2007


I'm still deciding as to whether procrastination is a good thing.

So there we were, movng back into our house on the Wednesday before Christmas, faced with a lot of clean-up (remember those refrigerators and freezers?) and trying to pull together our celebration. At that point, the only gifts that had been bought were a few things I'd ordered from Amazon.com. So the major shopping was done in the four days prior to Chrismas. There were a few gifts that, as the inevitable result of shopping at the last minute, I couldn't get, so I'm sure that led to disappointment for a recipient or two.

On the other hand, though, I think there was a real benefit to procrastinating when it came to decorating the house. For the Christmas table decorations I was going to use my usual red-and-green velvet table runner, and place randomly along it my collection of Santa Clauses. Some of these are folk art Santas, and some of these are ceramic figurines -- it's just a random collection of Santas, each one purchased because I thought it was cute. We were so busy that Scott was the one who put out the centerpiece. He came to me and said, apologetically, "Three of your Santas were broken so I threw them away." And my response was, "Oh. Too bad. Now what do I need to do next?" If we'd been putting out that centerpiece earlier, I probably would have devoted time -- precious time -- to finding replacement Santas and driving myself crazy over it. But you know, it really did not matter that there were three less Santas on the table.

And the best moment was when I made the trek to Molbak's to buy poinsettias. (Here's a Christmas decorating tip: Buy lots of poinsettias, and place them all over the house, and it will look like you knocked yourself out decorating.) Molbak's is a fabulous nursery, and every year I go there to buy poinsettias. I'd even thought of going as early as the day after Thanksgiving. But, noooo -- procrastinating as I did, and knowing that Molbak's was in an area hardest-hit by the windstorm and power outage, I didn't make the long drive there until a couple of days before Christmas. It happened to be the same day that Molbak's marked down all its poinsettias to $2 each. Where's the incentive to give up procrastinating, when they reward you like this?

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This past Monday at Feral Knitters a new person joined us:


Left to right: Baby Felix, Wendi, and Andrea. (I think every time I post a picture of Andrea, she's wearing yet another wonderful Fair Isle vest that she's knit.) It was my first time to meet Baby Felix, but I'm sure he'll quickly be a regular at Ferals.

We had an excellent turnout -- so much so that as the evening progressed we had to keep pushing more tables together as more knitters showed up and we had to increase our space. I think everybody's ready to put the holidays and the power outage behind us and to re-focus on knitting.

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In Two Swans Yarns news: The Playful Penguins, the latest from Fiber Trends, are here. I've listed them as my January special.

And, it's official: Two Swans Yarns will have a booth in the market at the Madrona Fiber Arts retreat later this month. Since I haven't ever done anything like this before, I'm starting from scratch: How to make a booth? How to display yarn, books, magazines, needles?

Posted by Karen at January 12, 2007 11:37 AM

How to display --- do you have milk/plastic/wire cases? a nice round card table? pegboard? all these can make a great booth when put together. don't forget important things like hammer, tacks/nails, duct tape, extension cord esp if have additional lighting you're putting up, freezer paper is good for covering tables, etc. do you need to take a chair? and of course all your sales books, etc. When I used to demo, I'd keep everything in a rubbermaid container that could fit in it and life was soooo much easier!

Posted by: Nancy J at January 12, 2007 06:17 PM

Oboyoboy! You're in at Madrona! Cool... A fanny pack is nice to keep your bills and change in so you don't have to turn around and make sure your box of money hasn't walked off. Do they provide a table for you? I have a long Costco folding table if you need one. Sometimes a folding screen helps so you can hang things from it.

Posted by: Linda "K" at January 12, 2007 06:29 PM

Ikea is your friend, with baskets for yarn and maybe some vases for needles, and display racks for magazines, and such. Maybe there is not time to embroider two swans on a table cloth, an iron on on a nice white table cloth could be neat looking. And, Ikea's parking is all garaged...no snow or ice!

Posted by: PICAdrienne at January 12, 2007 11:49 PM

Wow, everybody! Great suggestions -- much appreciated!!

Oh, and, yes, Linda K, the hotel does *give* me a table . . . er, I pay a fee to *rent* it. I think I can have as many tables as I need . . . just so long as I pay for 'em. :-)

Posted by: Karen at January 13, 2007 10:57 PM

Oooohhh! Will you bring me an extra penguin pack? I will see you at Madrona!

Posted by: Angela at January 16, 2007 02:11 PM