Friday, October 31, 2008

This is a quick message from your "ghost" blogger today.

Dez is having a Halloween/store opening party at her new store today from 4-7ish. There will be refreshments, fun, yarn, potential yarn (aka roving and fleece) and goodies at the store. The address is:

Knitting Asylum
8231 Summa Ave. Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

The store is located at the back of the center. Wish I could be there. Maybe if I can fire up my broom for Halloween.

Enjoy the party!

Lisa Louie

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Congratulations to Marina McIntire...

our grand prize winner in the Unofficial Raffle to Help Knitivity Recover From Hurricane Ike...

and to Vicki Mikulak...

our second place winner.

Marina gets a skein of handspun yarn from the Knitting Asylum, a box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from Lisa Louie of Maui, a pound of Mello Joy Cajun Coffee, and a box of jambalaya mix.  Vicki gets a box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and a package of jambalaya mix.  

Winners were drawn at random by the Official and Impartial Feline Prize Selection Committee.  Each name was written on a piece of paper, folded, and placed in a box. The box was placed on the floor in the Official Prize Selection Chamber and the Feline Prize Selection Committee went to work.  The first name fished out of the box was Marina's, with Vicki's name following in second place.  The fact that Vicki's name was selected by cats amuses me to no end because Vicki has devoted large portions of her knitting life knitting toys and other comfort items for cats in animal shelters.  Karma in action!

And speaking of Karma, please allow me and my friend Lisa Louie of Maui to thank each and every one of you who ordered yarn from Knitivity after Hurricane Ike blasted through Galveston and Houston.  I wish there had been a prize for everyone who participated, but rest assured that those of you who didn't win in the drawing are guaranteed an intangible prize from the Universe, because I believe that the more love you spread around, the more comes back to you, so each of you who helped Ray get back on his feet by ordering yarn will get it back in Karma points.  

Marina and Vicki, your packages will be shipped within the week. 

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Friday, October 17, 2008

We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who ordered yarn from Knitivity since Hurricane Ike dealt a blow to the Galveston/Houston area. As you know, we have been conducting a raffle here at the Asylum to encourage new orders and help Ray Whiting, indie dyer extraordinaire, get back on his feet after the storm.   The terms of the raffle were that everyone who placed an order with Knitivity before midnight on October 15th would be equally eligible in a drawing for a goody basket including a skein of my own handspun yarn, chocolate covered macadamia nuts donated by Lisa Louie of Maui, and some Cajun goodies including jambalaya mix.

I will post the winner's name here just as soon as I have contacted Ray Whiting of Knitivity to confirm the winner's order, and as soon as I have received a return email from the winner giving me permission to publish their name.

Also, by the time I am able to post this tomorrow, I may be able to load pictures, having just purchased a new laptop upon which to write, blog, and run my new business, and I've yet to figure out how to load my photos.

More tomorrow!  Stay tuned for da winnah!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hi folks ...

Please hold your breath for another 36 hours and we will have a winner drawn in our contest as our way of saying THANK YOU for supporting Ray at Knitivity. We had some last minute entries last night, and I want to comb through my comments as well as my email accounts carefully to make sure I didn't miss any entrants before I draw a name, so everyone has an equal chance.

Anticipation ... it's making you wait, I know!

The winner's name will be posted soon ...

keep in touch!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Grab Bag Typefaces! And Also, Surprise Text Sizes!

Bear with me?

I have no idea what size or typeface this text will come out in.

Thanks so much, Lisa, for stuntblogging. That's a huge help for the next few days.

Thing the first: I can access my email, but I cannot post normally or import photos because my old Compaq computer is dying. My computer guy says it was probably damaged by a power surge (even through the surge supressor) during Hurricane Gustav, when falling trees pulled down the power lines and made the nearby transformers explode, which sounded a lot like being in Iraq, only wetter, and with more wind.

Come on down for a visit next August .. we get free fireworks and entertainment along with our hurricanes!

This happened even though the computers were turned OFF and I'd thrown the breaker to the whole house shortly before it got scary outside. Apparently, Dave's surge supressor is better than mine, because his computer, albeit older, semi-incompatible with Blogger and slower, still works.

So my hard drive is locking up because it's semi-fried, and a crash is only a matter of time. I had to break down and buy a new computer, and I ordered a MacBook through our computer wizard, Jake. I could have had instant gratification and gone to the Apple store in the mall ... but I hate the mall with the exact same intensity that Khan hated Captain Kirk, and, more importantly, Jake is a noble dude who deserves our business even if he has to order things in (he is primarily in the computer-fixing business, and when he does sales, he usually outfits custom office systems, and thus he orders as needed instead of keeping inventory on the shelves). The short delay (I should have my computer by Monday or Tuesday) doesn't bother me, except that I can't post properly to my blog for a few more days.

I haven't individually replied to everyone who has emailed saying that they have ordered from Ray. I am simply saving your emails and I will draw from among them on the 16th for the grand prize. Hopefully I can update before then in a more normal fashion. So, as Lisa requested, please keep ordering from ...

www.knitivity.com

... and help a hardworking and deserving fiber artist recover from Hurricane Ike.

Sorry, but I can't make a hyperlink happen on my husband's computer, so just type the knitivity address in your window, or cut and paste, or whatever works for you.

Meantime, I am at my new shop space, setting up things and painting and waiting for various members of the Village People to show up with hard hats and tool belts so I can have lights and a phone and Internet access.

But, I am excited, for out of the post-hurricane chaos arises a spinning shop, with knitting yarns and crochet supplies and some weaving things and gifty things, too. It will be an adventure.

Your patience is always appreciated.

Yesterday, I bought shelving, hooks, rods and other display-type things, as well as an L-shaped desk that will make a good retail counter.

Today, I fill out paperwork for my tax ID number so I can buy wholesale.

Tomorrow, our friend Mitch will help me paint. Part of the space is a nice bright white, but the front room is a dull beige (someone back in 1992 probably thought it was a "neutral taupe") and that dirty tan just won't do. So, out with the paper-bag brown, and in with a crisp lettuce green, which I am told is also a good Feng Shui color for prosperity, which I'll need. It's also a happy color for me. I'm mainly a green kind of gal, with strong preferences for ocean colors of all kinds as well. This lettuce green makes me happy.

Meanwhile, if you want pretty things to look at, go on over to the Knitivty site and buy some yarn. I am adding a bag of Mello Joy coffee, dark-roasted in Cajun Country, and a package of jambalaya mix to the prize bin, along with a skein of my handspun, and some chocolate-covered macadamia nuts donated by Lisa Louie of Maui.

More soon!

Dez

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Stunt Double Blogger, once more

Aloha, all!

This is Lisa, blogging again for Dez, in beautiful downtown Kahului, Maui.
Dez has stepped away from the blog briefly, and I wanted to give you a quick update. She's fine, the internet has been restored, but the doohickey that goes into the thingamajig which connects to the the dakine of the whatsit on the computer is not working. In the real world, her computer has "fallen and it can't get up." If you happen to speak Hawaiian pidgin, the computer "stay bust". She's making an attempt to deal with it, but wanted me to fill you in briefly. FYI, she can check email and is doing so sporadically.

First of all, The Knitting Asylum is very rapidly becoming a real "bricks and mortar" store. Dez has leased a space in Baton Rouge, and is doing paperwork and meeting utility providers and other people to get it up and running very soon. She'll have spinning supplies, give spinning lessons, sell hand spun yarn, and more. She'll provide details when the &^%$#@!)(* computer (or its replacement) is functioning.

Second of all, this is a blatant and heartfelt plea to please please please continue supporting our mutual friend and dye genius extraordinaire, Ray Whiting at Knitivity. Ray is trying to keep his life and his business going in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike that plastered Houston where Ray lives. Dez and I are offering serious goodies to all who purchase yarn from Ray before October 15, and email her with the info. There will be a random drawing, and you really could be a winner. This is a serious (and unsolicited by Ray) attempt to help him after the mess Houston is in. There is both free yarn and chocolate available for those who buy Ray's yarns. See him at www.knitivity.com I can't promise the link will work, as I've never done links before, so my apologies if it doesn't work, and you can cut and paste it into the right spot.

Happy Friday-

Aloha,

Lisa Louie
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

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