Getting an Early Start

So…in the interest of not being murdered by my mailman, I’m going to go ahead and start shipping these a bit early.  These are the ones going out today.

shippingThere will be another round going out Tuesday and another on Wednesday too.  Thursday is Thanksgiving in America, so the mail won’t be picked up that day, but any remaining books should be on their way Friday.

And of course, the eversion goes live tomorrow at noon, so you can cast on right away if you’ve got itchy fingers!

Industrious

This is what things have looked like around for the last little while.

industryThat’s what it looks like when you set out more than 500 envelopes for the postman in one day (don’t worry, I told them they were coming, and I helped load the truck).  Do that for a few days, and all of a sudden all of the books are mailed.

Everything should be on the way, and we should be back to the normal shipping schedule (things going out within one or two business days of your order).  You guys are awesome for being so excited about this book (let’s just say I’ve never ordered a second print run during the preorder before) and for hanging in there when the port congestion on the west coast delayed things.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s my birthday, and I’m going to take a bit of a nap (said nap may well last straight on through till Boxing Day).  I find I’m a bit tired.

Shipping Update

So we’re in one of those good news/bad news spots.

The good news is that I’ve shipped hundreds and hundreds of books, and lots of folks have started to receive them (and I’ve even spotted a few finished curls popping up on ravelry).  That is so much fun to see!

Now for the bad news.  Remember back in November, just before the preorder, when I said “A pile of books are on their way to me via UPS and are due to arrive early next week.  The rest of them are on a boat and are due to arrive early next month.  In the (unlikely) event that you guys buy substantially more books than expected during the preorder, some books might ship around the beginning of December rather than at the end of November.”  Yeah, that’s happened.

You guys bought way more books than expected (thank you), and I’ve shipped all the books I had on hand from that first portion of the shipment.  But, I’ve heard from my printer and the second half has arrived in California and are ready to start heading this way, but they aren’t here yet.

And clearly, I can’t put them in the mail if I don’t yet have them!  But they should be here soon.  I’m expecting to start shipping again this Friday, and I’m even enlisting the services of The Boy to help speed the process along (an extra set of hands to stuff envelopes is always welcome).  I will have everything out to you just as soon as I can.  I just wanted to make sure I was keeping everyone up to date as the process wrapped up.

Going Postal (the old-fashioned way)

Hey stranger, I missed you!  Writing about all the book projects (and reading all your lovely comments) has been great fun, but I’ve missed just chatting with you.  I like telling you guys what’s going on around here.

Though to be frank, what’s been going on so far this week is probably less than fascinating blog fodder.  I’ve been putting books in envelopes.  I’ve been putting lots of books in envelopes and then putting them out for the postman.  That’s pretty much all I’ve been doing.  The first batch went out Saturday (I figured no one would mind if they came a bit early), another went out Monday, and another today.  More will go out tomorrow.  The front porch looks like this.

DSC_2724Now I am going to take Thanksgiving through the weekend off (we will, of course, be having the traditional Thanksgiving Pizza).  The mail won’t move on Thanksgiving anyways, and I need a few days without packing labels and envelope adhesive to maintain my sanity.  But things will pick back up next week and the shipping parade will continue.  I’ll keep you all updated as it goes forward, but my general plan is to put out a few hundred books a day, so we should be through them pretty quickly.
I want to see them on your needles almost as badly as you do!

Supplies

My porch looks like this (there’s more around the corner).

shipping suppliesIt looks like that because some time in the next few weeks, I will be getting approximately one gazillion copies of KCC3.  And then, with any luck, I will be putting those copies into these envelopes and sending them out to you.  In the meantime, I think I owe my UPS driver some cookies or something to make up for getting all this delivered in the pouring rain.

Stuffed

Labels are being applied and envelopes are being stuffed.  The bench on the front porch is groaning under the weight of the books piled upon it (or maybe that’s the postman groaning at the thought of all these books).  But either way, the books are going out today.  They should start reaching you next week.

Thanks to all of you who preordered.  Be sure to come back over the next few weeks as I introduce some of the yarns and tell you a bit more about the projects (and yes, yes there will be giveaways).

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Just a few more rounds of this and there’s hope we may be able to actually eat on our dining room table tonight!

Easier than Expected

Well, that went even better than expected.  The postman took all those packages (I harbored doubts…I imagined him taking one a day for the next few years or something equally dreadful).  But no, they all went!  I’ll be putting out more packages today and Friday, and then they’ll all be shipped!

And, because someone will come say ‘but I didn’t know!’ on Saturday and I’ll feel terribly guilty, here is the very last reminder.  Preorders end tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning.  As soon as I set the last package on the porch and have a cup of tea, I’ll come up here and turn them off.  That means if you want a discount plus a free pattern when you order, today is the last day to do it.  Go forth, click, get a good deal!

One, Two, Three

Step 1: addresses and postage on labels

Step 2: labels on envelopes

Step 3: things in envelopes, envelopes sealed

Step 4: envelopes on the porch for the postman (I made an appointment…after last year’s incident, I vowed we’d be doing it from home this year)

Step 5: feel just the tiniest bit bad for the post man

Rinse and repeat.  Another day or two, and they’ll be done!

I Don’t Think You’ll Mind Too Much

You know how I often come on here and explain that I’ve not been knitting much lately?  And then I say I’m sorry, both because I like knitting (would be a bit awkward if I didn’t) and because I like to show you my knitting?  Yeah, well, I’ve not been knitting, but I’m also not sorry.  I’m not sorry, because I’ve been doing this (ahem, these are not all the envelopes, not by a long shot, these are just what fits on the table at once).

And this (and no, that’s not all the envelopes either, that’s just what got stuffed before my need for dinner became too pressing to ignore).

And tomorrow I’ll start that process of putting the finished envelopes in the mail.  Which means that in another a day or two, the first round of people should be finding fun things in their mailboxes.  Which sounds to me like a perfectly valid reason not to knit much for a few days, don’t you think?

 

Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Ready for the most boring post ever?  I warn you, there’s nothing interesting here at all.  If you want to be totally sure that your book arrives (at a U.S. address) before Christmas, you need to order it on or before December 10.  I know.  It stinks.  If it’s after that and you’re desperate, get in touch with me and we can likely work something out.  But if you’re going for your standard no-stress, no-drama shipping, that’s the deadline.

International folks, I can’t promise anything.  The post office says it can take up to four weeks.  But, the reports I’ve had from people say it’s usually more like a week or less.  So the short version for international folks is you’re very likely safe if you order on or before December 10, but the post office won’t guarantee it, so I can’t either.

Told you this was horribly boring.  I promise to show off the sock in progress next time to make up for this time!