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I seem to be holding fairly steady at about a week behind, at this point. That’s not so bad; it could be far worse. The thing is, I could be caught up, except for the week’s worth of wrinkles encountered. I’m presently livid beyond belief at PayPal MultiOrder Shipping, which I won’t use for large shipments any more, after I switched back to it following problems with my other shipping software in August. In brief, I’m still awaiting the refund of 4 rounds of shipping labels for Batt Club, nary a one of which printed, all of which billed, all of which are marked as failed, all of which have moved from “refund pending” to “transaction complete.” It all adds up to making UPS look a lot more appealing than it has in the past. Since originally posting this, I’ve heard from a number of folks who had issues last week about shipping. Turns out the USPS back end went down and most of the online postage printing options were affected. Ugh! And frustrated though I may be, I’m sure PayPal will straighten things out for me eventually. PayPal is great; I just seem to have outgrown their bulk shipping software, and realizing that is a shock.

I must be shipping more stuff! That would explain why I seem to keep running out of stuff so fast too. I feel like a walking TV commercial for small business services of some kind — the ones where the businessperson realizes she can’t do everything and has to solve that problem. It’s all very interesting in the abstract, and very frustrating in the “get this done right now” sense.

I’ve made one huge leap in that department, though, and that is, I’ve had someone else do web wrangling work on my blog. Seriously! I’ve taken my hands off something. I deliberated about whether or not to blog about this, and then decided, you know, this blog is about running a fiber business too, and this is part of that. And what’s more, get this: Abby’s Yarns! launched a year ago on Friday.

I felt like I should do something. You know, bake a cake, spin a special yarn, something. Maybe have a maudlin retrospective, though I did that with the 100th post. So fix my known blog problems, maybe. But that would take time I didn’t really have. So when a friend of mine who’s a designer and web wrassler extraordinaire just happened to say hello last week, I threw myself at her mercy. She’s started working her wonders already; for example, categories are working again thanks to an upgrade I simply have not had time to do for ages, and she’s fixed various other things I haven’t been able to get to, and isn’t done working her magic yet either. Soon, it should be much easier for folks to find some of the back content, and wade through things in ways other than by date. Plus things will look different. And now that I’ve taken my hands off, it’s a huge relief, and things are moving faster, and it’ll likely be that much easier to… what’s that word? “Delegate.” Yeah, that. It should be easier to do that in the future. I’m so proud!

I’ve also managed to finish a nice selection of workshop outlines and proposals; stuff that is repeatable, priced out, and can be taken on the road to teach. Seriously! I know it seems quiet on the blog front, but there has been a ton going on, and you’ll all be seeing the results shortly!

27 thoughts on “Whew!

  1. Happy Anniversary! You are busy. I hope you get a chance to put your feet up a bit.

  2. I can’t believe you’ve only had your shop for a year! I’m glad you brought in the webwrangler; I’ve wanted to send new spinners her for the WEALTH of information but hesitated to do so because I couldn’t point them to a specific post and categories weren’t working. Now I can! Hurrah! (personally, I think they should read every word, but that’s kinda hard to do at one sitting)

  3. You’re an inspiration! Just look at what can be done in a year.

  4. Happy Blogiversary, Abby!

    Just tested the functionality of the categories – works like a charm, too bad I have to make dinner!

    Nourishment first, then archives.

    At the very least, it’ll give me the opportunity to make fresh coffee for fortifications before my “travels”.

    Three cheers for “web wrassler extraordinaire”!

  5. Yay for you Abby! I have had a lot of similar issues lately. I solved mine in a completely different way though.

    Crossing my fingers for the proposals!

  6. That’s frightening, your snafu with Paypal. Fingers crossed you get it sorted without going grey. 🙂

  7. Excellent! Less Abby-stress means more Abby-joy. 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary! How fast time can fly…
    And Congrats for Delegating. I have a feeling that doing that is hard for folks (like me) to do that, especially for a small business or at home.
    “…taken on the road to teach” When?! Where?!

  9. Only one year!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait for 10 years to pass and I can say “I knew her almost from the beginning.”

    I may even be doing the E-male then.
    But really I just like doing my
    K -male. (ken, my big bald lover)

    I gave Amy her inkle loom
    yesterday at SnB , she was pleased. Then I told her a well known knit designer was in town teaching, and that after
    her class she wanted to hang with us! WE do have fun at SnB.

    Well, you’ll see one day when you come up to Toronto.

    chow from your “nutless”friend denny.xoxoxo

  10. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Abby! First year of a small business is always the make or break, and it looks like you’ve MADE IT!

  11. Happy anniversary!! I can’t believe it’s only been a year. 🙂 I also can’t believe I actually finished the socks I promised I’d make back in MARCH…yep, both Tiger Lily socks are done and on my feet AS WE SPEAK. I am thrilled and in love with them. Everyone wants to know where I got them, and the spinners have been drooling over the yarn. 🙂

    Miss seeing you in chat, but I haven’t been on much, either!

  12. Hey, I want that list of workshops & pricing from you. Seriously. I want to see if I can wrangle something with the Phila. guild. Or if they won’t do it, see about doing something myself. I’d even put you up, feed you and chauffer you around.

    Delegating is harder to do than you think. Give yourself the proverbial gold star for accomplishing that! And don’t forget to keep practicing it; its very easy to backslide into doing it all yourself, again.

  13. So glad to hear you have help!!!! I know you must have been meeting yourself coming and going.

  14. happy anniversary! when you are ready to bring a workshop down under, talk to me!

  15. Congratulations Abby! It seems only yesterday that your father and I “spoke” on Fibernet and mentioned his daughter who lived in Chicago.

    May there be many more years of your enabling

  16. Good for you and delegating; it is so hard to do, but now you’ve actually done it, maybe you will find life a little easier? Congratulations on the 1 year anniversary; really can’t believe it’s only been a year! I’m looking forward to the new stuff to come out of all “moving ahead” activity. Have a great weekend. I seem to have taken your cold, somehow. I feel miserable, and haven’t accomplished anything for two days. Sigh.

  17. This is Skip Davis from Peru 1985. I hope you remember me. I stumbled upon your website looking for yarn and couldn’t believe my eyes. Hope you are well. I sent you an email. Please respond if/when you can. Seems like you were ill lately. Hope you keep feeling better.


  18. Did it hurt, the delegating?

    I always wonder about stuff like that.

    Stay away from the fed ex online shipping software – which is the least intuitive thing ever, and we use the UPS software every day here – let me know if you have nay questions about it.

  19. As a customer, if I get a confirmation number I prefer USPS (provided my mail doesn’t get lost in Cincinatti). They may not always leave the package or notice, but they usually scan it, so I know it’s here.

    UPS has trouble finding my house, and it’s difficult to contact them until they have given you an info notice (haven’t they ever heard of mapquest?). Plus, they never deliver early. They will hold it at the warehouse at the destination until the delivery date.

    We use Fedex all the time at work, so I know it is rare for a package not to get there. Our fedex guy here is super too.

  20. I’m so late but I wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary. And hooray for getting help!

  21. Forgive my extreme tardiness and lac k of organization. I am so pleased you got a SOAR scholarship. I have made a not of next year’s dates and location and will feed it in to my trip plan list. I would be very intimidated by all those spinners and I couldn’t bring my Roberta because of different electrical stuff. A whole week spindle spinning only?

  22. Happy Anniversary!

    All hail the web wrangler! And kudos to you for delegating! seriously, I have worked for two different web stores, both very small, and letting go of what you don’t have time to do has to be the most difficult thing ever.

  23. Hope you’re back on the web soon!

  24. happy thanks(nuts)giving. Eat lots-o-bird. Tomorrow is Xmas.

  25. Denny, I still have mohair to send to you in the land-o-snow. If you have access to e-male (or even if you don’t), you can hop over to my site by clicking on my name above. I have my email address there, and I have a form that does not require e-male (basically it sends from me to me). I will send you some silvery fluff when I know where to send it to (because I admire a woman who can catch a drop spindle in her teeth!)

  26. I’m missing your ever informational posts. Come back soon. 🙂

    Hope everything is going well.

  27. Hi Abbey,

    I noticed that you have a Majacraft Saxonie wheel. I came across a used one (disassembled)with no assembly manual. It spins a little rough and I think there needs to be adjustments in the treadle assembly — I noticed one of your treadles is more elevated than the other. This got me to thinking! 🙂

    I sent off a request to the good folks at Majacraft today. It is my hope they may still have a copy of the assembly manual to share. Fingers crossed.

    I was wondering if you would be willing to take a close-up photo of the treadle assembly? I know it is a lot to ask but I find photos excellent guides. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Warm holiday wishes to you and your family.

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