Saturday, April 29, 2006

Depending on My Computer

I have a webmaster, which seems an exalted title for that position, but does sound better than 'my computer guy.' For weeks my e-mails go unanswered and just about the time I figure he's too busy to do my work, he pops up and works like a demon to help me out. This time I am ready to re-vamp the Wool2Dye4 website, adding pages for the Blue Faced Leicester which I am newly importing, and one for the Unpatterns from Karen Alfke. There are also two new sock yarns being added in May, and maybe I should have a clickable icon just for the sock yarn. This is definitely going back to my roots as a fledgling internet business, to the idea of just finding and stocking great dyeable sock yarn.

The new sock yarns are both superwashes: Kona Fingering 2-ply is from Henry's Attic and is a lighter weight than their regular Kona Superwash Merino. The other is a Blue Faced Leicester superwash, and I think it is in 2-ply also. The BFL sock sample hasn't arrived yet from England and the shepherd who exports it to me. We've been exchanging e-mails about the initial order, the shipping, the arrival, the discovery, and then he mentioned that he also has a sock yarn ... I reserved 25 kilos, more than 50 pounds, of it in expectation of loving it.

Back to the computer though, and two recent 'events' that startle me into a realization that I depend heavily on my one computer. Twice it has overheated and turned itself off, scary indeed. I think I need an extra computer and have written to my webmaster/computer guy who, among his other impressive talents, also sells computers. Having one in the studio will save me lots of trips up and down stairs, though it is good exercise especially if you squeeze your tummy muscles on every step.

Tummy control aside, I cannot bear to think of a day not checking the e-mail for letters from customers and checking the orders. I have a maniacal need to get the orders out the same day they are received, and hate to think of a day without my computer. Maybe this machine will hold out until I get a second one, and then I could send this one to be serviced.

Better yet, I could drive it to Roanoke to his office, and take my new / old car for a test ride. It is a 1991 Toyota Cressida which I bought on eBay, a scary exercise in my faith in used car dealers, but ultimately a satisfaction. Of course, driving the Cressida is only a dream at this point since my husband took one look at it and immediately drove it himself to the garage where he is having everything replaced which could go wrong with an older car.

No, I'll just keep firing off e-mails to my webmaster/computer guy and push for a new computer soon.

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