Knitting my new socks "April Fools"
-- Post From My iPhone
Leslie trying on some samples to knit her new yarn a soft and wonderful cashmere.
.....There were 12,000 signed up on our mailing list. This is the number we went by. Rule of thumb is you count that 10% of that number is your true customer base. Knowing our actual customer base, we took that 10% and multiplied it by four. In the non-knitter world, that would have been more than enough (and actually a bit of a financial risk on on our part and a huge leap of faith). How could we have known that not only would we be hit with more than the 12,000 but over double that?
( that would be at least 30,000) ......
Answers to most-asked questions and comments:
-No. We can’t make it bigger. It’s already the biggest ever. It’s really big, and there isn’t more room at the Conference Centre, and we actually don’t have a responsibility to make sure everyone can fit. A knitting conference for tens of thousands of knitters isn’t a reasonable thing to ask of us.
-No. We can’t get the bigger ballroom at the Art Museum. It’s is booked and has been since we tried to book it before.
- No. We can’t put more students in all the classes. Class size is dictated by the teachers. That’s industry standard and if the classes were any bigger you would just be sad that the classes were so big you couldn’t learn in them.
- No. We can’t get Barbara Walker to do some extra lectures. She’s almost 80 and a retired and extraordinarily well respected matriarch of our community. We won’t be exhausting her.
No. we don’t agree that we are horrible people because you didn’t get what you wanted. We are very, very sorry you are disappointed. We are even sorrier about the server crash, because it made what we now understand was inevitable - a lot of disappointed knitters, a lot who think that if the server hadn’t crashed it would have worked out for them. The server slowed down for all of you. It crashed for all of you. Nobody got an advantage and we’re heartbroken that you’re sad. Write to us. We’re helping everyone as best as we can. Really. While we don’t think we’re horrible, we know that this feels horrible, and we want to make as many people happy as we can.
I know it's been a long time since I've been able to shove her out of the way so I could write but at last she was willing to give it up for a few minutes. Big of her but what can I do she is what she is I guess at this point there is no hope in teaching her courtesy or kindness the selfish person that she is and always has been. I do not know how I've survived by her side this long. But I keep trying and hoping, miracles do happen you know.I hate it when she knits! I have told her many many times I come first! How many times do I have to tell her this? Some humans are just so stubborn.... gee sometimes I can not believe the burden that is upon me to try and teach her my way! I am the most important being in this household! Especially since the little bitch came to live with us. How I long for the good old days when it was only my brother who was a total coward and I ruled over. This new little bitch thinks she is the Alpha dog but I digress.
She likes to knit first thing in the morning when she has her cup of coffee. I don't know why she needs this coffee business but every morning it's the same thing! I wake her up and she is not happy about it, I'm an early riser so sue me. I take many naps in the day and I don't need as much sleep as SHE does so I wake her up. I am very careful though I never wake her up in the middle of the night she really gets pissed when I do that! Only in case of an emergency do I resort to that, sometimes I have to tinkle at night! Well it's not like I have a toilet and I can't reach the door knob so what am I to do? Pee on the floor, well sometimes if it's raining I will but that is another story and she really gets pissed when I do that. (Excuse the pun)
Whenwe first wake up in the morning I like to snuggle, this is the only time of the day that I like to snuggle the rest of the day I am busy. My brother on the other hand, (God rest his soul) the fool that he used to be liked to snuggle any time SHE wanted. SHE called him, he went running! And now this little whipper snapper is trying to do the same thing! She calls her and the little bitch goes running. Sucker! She thinks she will like her more than me but that will never I said NEVER happen. I am the cutest, the smartest and I deserve everything I get. My hearing may be a little off and my eyesight might not be the best but I am still QUEEN of this house!The Bitch
ps. thank you for letting me vent.
Barbara G. Walker (born July 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. author and feminist. She writes about religion, cultural anthropology, spirituality, and mythology from the viewpoint of Pre-Indo-European neolithic matriarchies. She often uses the imagery of the Mother Goddess to discuss these Neolithic Matriarchies. Her most important book is The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (1983). She also is an influential knitting expert and the author of several classic encyclopedic knitting references.
Barbara G. Walker describes herself as an atheist. In the book, The Skeptical Feminist: Discovering the Virgin, Mother, and Crone, she writes about her belief that there is no deity. However, she believes that people, and woman in particular, can use the image of the Goddess in their day-to-day lives. Her book Woman's Rituals: A Sourcebookis an attempt to show how she puts her "meditation techniques" into practice, and is meant as a guide for other women to do the same thing.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she authored several volumes of knitting references which have become landmarks for their comprehensiveness and clarity. Her knitting treasury series documents over a thousand different knitting stitches. Other books considered mosaic knitting, for producing multicolored designs while knitting only one color per row, and constructing knitted garments from the top-down rather than the usual bottom-up method used in western knitting tradition. Her legacy continues with the reprinting of most of her knitting books, starting in the mid-1990s, as well as the publication of new contributions to the knitting literature.
Barbara G. Walker studied journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and began working for the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. While serving on a local hotline in the mid 1970s, helping battered women and pregnant teens, she became interested in feminism. The American Humanist Association named her "Humanist Heroine" in 1993, and in 1995 she received the "Women Making Herstory" award from the New Jersey NOW.
- A treasury of knitting patterns (1968) ISBN 0-942018-16-8 (reprint edition 1998)
- The craft of lace knitting (1971) ISBN 0-684-12503-X
- The craft of cable-stitch knitting (1971) ISBN 0-684-12500-5
- Knitting from the top (1972) ISBN 0-942018-09-5 (reprint edition)
- The craft of multicolor knitting (1973) ISBN 0-684-13405-5
- Sampler knitting (1973) ISBN 0-684-13263-X (reprinted in A fourth treasury (2000))
- Learn-to-knit-afghan book (1974) ISBN 0-942018-13-3 (reprint edition 1997)
- Mosaic knitting (1976) ISBN 0-684-14243-0(revised in 1997)
- The woman's encyclopedia of myths and secrets (1983) ISBN 0-06-250925-X
- A second treasury of knitting patterns (1985) ISBN 0-942018-17-6 (reprint edition 1998)
- The secrets of the tarot: origins, history, and symbolism (1984) ISBN 0-06-250927-6
- Charted knitting designs: a third treasury of knitting patterns (1986) ISBN 0-942018-18-4 (reprint edition 1998)
- Barbara Walker Tarot Deck (Misc. Supplies) (1986) ISBN 1-931412-72-3
- The skeptical feminist: discovering the virgin, mother, and crone (1987) ISBN 0-06-250932-2
- The woman's dictionary of symbols and sacred objects (1988), Castle Books, ISBN 0-06-250923-3
- The crone: woman of age, wisdom, and power (1988) ISBN 0-06-250934-9
- The book of sacred stones: fact and fallacy in the crystal world (1989, with Werner P. Brodde) ISBN 0-06-250921-7
- Women's rituals: a sourcebook (1990) ISBN 0-06-250939-X
- Amazon: a novel (1992) ISBN 0-06-250975-6
- Feminist fairy tales (1996) ISBN 0-06-251320-6
- Women And Religion: Sexism In The Christian Tradition (1997) [speech] http://ffrf.org/fttoday/1998/jan_feb98/walker.html
- Restoring the goddess: equal rites for modern women (2000) ISBN 1-57392-786-4
- A fourth treasury of knitting patterns (2000) ISBN 0-942018-20-6 (includes Sampler knitting (1973))
- The essential handbook of women's spirituality and ritual (2001) ISBN 1-931412-64-2
- I Ching of the Goddess: Divination Kit (Boxed Set with Cards) (2001) ISBN 1-931412-72-3
- Mosaic knitting, revised (2006) ISBN 0-942018-15-X
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