Monthly Archives: October 2017

Is Competition Really That Healthy?

We have all heard how competition can make one strive for a higher level of achievement. How it makes one look at what someone else has achieved, and want to surpass them, simply for the experience of atttaining a higher standard and gaining personal growth. That’s sounds great, right? But, we got to thinking how, a lot of the time, for most, it is just about winning. About telling the world they are, unequivically, the best. And, we have observed that this can sometimes take a nasty turn. Get really weird. So, we thought we would show you some examples of how competition sometimes derails the original goal, and sends some people directly to crazytown.

Case #1: The Executive Competition

Steve and Brian have both coveted a promotion in the company they work for. They have been working for months at a feverish pace to win. Steve’s strategy is to work overtime to the point where he has had to rent an apartment near the office. His family doesn’t see much of him, and, in effect, he has literally moved out of his house. He works long hours, not sleeping, eating, or taking a break. But he has gotten the boss’s attention. Brian sees all of this. He really wishes that he had thought of the apartment thing. He is single, and it would have been easy for him. But, it is too late to copy Steve. His strategy is to bombard his boss with gifts. Tickets to events, celebrity introductions, car detailing, restaurant reservations, etc. He is broke paying for all these bribes. Had to sell his car. Steve is now in the hospital with exhaustion, and his wife wants a divorce. But, he tries to dazzle his boss by working from the hospital bed. Brian panics and, in a moment of insanity, proposes to the boss’s daughter. Who looks a lot like this:

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So, who got the job? Neither. Because the boss had a heart attack giving his daughter away at the wedding.

Case #2: Prom Queen Competition

How about Marcy and April, who both wanted to be Prom Queen? Marcy thought she needed to fit into a size 2 dress, and went on a diet of Skittles (only the yellow and red ones). April decided she needed a makeover, and had plastic surgery and a boob job. She cleaned out her college fund. Marcy was so weak that she could barely stand up at the prom. And, nobody recognized April, and thought she dropped out of the competition. They both lost to Tiffany, who paid for all the decorations and the food for the prom. Marcy freaked out and took a tire iron to Tiffany’s limo on prom night. She was arrested. But she said, ” It wasn’t so bad in jail. “They give you a lot of food there.”

Case 3: Pie Anyone?

Hazel and Jeanette have always competed in the pie competition. Every year they alternate in getting the coveted blue ribbon. ( For their families, it is a year from hell when they don’t get the ribbon.) This year, there is a GOLD ribbon. They both want it so bad, they can taste it. They make pie after pie for weeks, perfecting their baking skills. They eye each other at the competition with blood lust. But, to their astonishment, a newbie has entered the arena. Calista, a new addition to the Food Channel Network, has arrived with cameras and a staff, ready to document her presence at the competition. She presents her famous “Calista Caramel Macchiato Pie” and takes the gold. Hazel and Jeanette are in shock. They both go after Calista with the first thing they can pick up. Hazel has a stapler, and Jeanette grabs a box of forks. They are stopped by security, but the press takes their picture and headline reads, “Two Sore LOSERS At Pie Competition Go After Winner.” They are currently both in a mental hospital. They share a room. Both want the bed by the window. You don’t want to know.

Crazy, right? What happens to these people? There should be some kind of red alert to get people to throw cold water on these competitors. Just to shake them up and get them to see they have entered into a dark place. Or how about a taser? Yeah. A taser is good.

You know who never gets competitive? That awesome guy, Thor. (Yes. He is back. Did you think we would forget about him?) He always wins. That’s how awesome he is.

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So, what have we learned from all this? People need to stop competing. As it turns out, it’s not very healthy at all. Why not do something beneficial? Something relaxing. Like yoga, meditation, reading, or knitting?

Speaking of knitting, we are getting tons of new stuff delivered regularly for the new season. Birch, Shibui’s new yarn is now in, and it is awesome. And, TAH DAH…the first shipment of Madeline Tosh has arrived! All new DK and Home are on the shelves. New colors and a few favorites as well. And, while we are on the subject of Tosh, we are having a great End Of The Run clearance on Tosh Dk. Still lots of colors and enough to make a big project. And the price? How about $10 a skein! That’s a pretty winning price. (Not to be competitive.) Better hightail it to our store before it all disappears.

Our shelves are full of beautiful yarn, and it would be a good time to think about a gift card for your knitting loved ones for the upcoming holiday season. We have new notions, project bags, shawl pins, needle sets, and Cocoknits Blocking and Sweater Care Kits that make excellent holiday gifts too. See? You don’t have to get crazy to win. You just have to be smart. Words of wisdom. You are welcome.

Our store will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, for Thanksgiving. Have a great turkey day! ( And don’t get all caught up in making a turkey that is better than your sister-in-law’s. Stay focused.)

So remember. Don’t take everything so seriously. Life is supposed to be fun. And, we know, there will be people who take away this message and start trying to have more fun than anyone else. Well, whaddya know. That actually could be healthy for you.

See you soon!

And, by the way, follow us on Twitter and you are entered to win a $25 gift card! Yay!

Diane and Christin

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How To Be Cool

Do you sometimes think, “I used to be cool, wasn’t I?  What happened? When did I lose my edge?  My overall coolness? Well, we have a theory on this.  This lack of coolness might stem from the fact that we are surrounded by a new generation of technologically, savvy people with their own set of rules as to what is cool and what definitely isn’t.  If you have kids, grandkids, younger siblings, or whatever, and you want to impress them, you might need some guidance.  So, we thought we would share our observations with you.  Here are some tips and facts, that just might put you back in the game a little:

What to do and what not to do for overall coolness:

Stop calling people.  Kids today do not call each other. (Or write emails, by the way.  Don’t think that if you sent them an email, they actually read it.)  This is an annoyance to them.  They post stuff.  Texting, Instagram, Skyping, and Tweeting are the most frequently used ways to communicate.  Facebook is not as popular with kids as it used to be, but is still used.  An older generation now wants to dazzle you on Facebook, with their announcements of where they ate lunch, or when they stopped at the restroom.  Kids like to take pictures of their lunch, and a selfie in the mirror of the restroom.  See the difference?

Texting abilities are important.  If your grandaughter watches you text slowly, pecking at the letters with one finger, she will start talking to you like you are three years old, and this is your first day at kindergarten.  Kids text, generally, with their thumbs.  Like this:

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Don’t feel bad that you are not great at this right out of the gate.  These kids have been texting since they were babies.  Practice in privacy, and maybe do some thumb strengthening exercises.  Don’t go overboard and try to do chin lifts with just your thumbs. ( Although, a lengthy hospital stay will give you lots of time to practice.)  Nah.  Don’t do it.

What appears to be a great idea to people of all ages these days, but especially kids, is to walk down the street, looking at your phone.  This tells people that you are not only popular, but busy doing important things. (Maybe, in the future they will have cool I-Helmets to protect people from walking into poles and things while texting on their phones. They will say it prevents I-Concussions.)   Also, talking on the phone and walking is also done with frequency.   Gone are the days when you got home, sat in a chair, and called a loved one for a chat.  Nope.  People today talk on the phone in any setting.  They can have an entire business conversation at a table in Starbucks with their laptop and phone, where everyone can hear (whether they want to or not).  Note:  This is a very impressive activity with kids.  Take your granddaughter to Starbucks along with your laptop or tablet. Get on your phone, and have a very official sounding business meeting with a pretend someone.  Embellish it with phrases like, “Sell that one.”  And “Excellent progress.  Keep me informed.”  Superhero stuff right there.

This is a texting addition.  Learn to write in abbreviated terms as much as possible.  (Sadly, all those “A’s” in grammar you accumulated are out the window.) Today, it’s a bunch of letters.  We will provide a few to get you started:

BTW is by the way, IDC is I don’t care, 2moro is tomorrow, NVM is nevermind, BFF is best friends forever, B3 is blah, blah, blah (one of our favorites), SEP is someone else’s problem, EM? is excuse me?, KMN is kill me now, FYI is for your information.  We could go on here, but you get the idea.  Note:  Do not attempt to make up your own abbreviations.  This does not work and is a CWOT (complete waste of time). In it to win it.

Here is a trick to get your granddaughter to stop texting someone while you are sitting at the table, having lunch with her and feeling isolated and lonely.  Send her a text saying “I am sitting here waiting for you to stop texting. WYWH.” (wish you were here).  Good one, right?  LOL (laughing out loud). See?  Getting savvier all the time.

The bottom line here is that, even though you don’t know how to create shortcuts, create a link on Youtube, or set up your keychain, you are still pretty cool.  How many of these kids can make a pie from scratch or, even better, knit?

Speaking of knitting, our store is loaded up with new yarn, accessories, and great new projects.  Big Bad Wool with the big fur pompoms is an awesome new hit in our store.  Here is the Oshare the love…..blanket, also from Big Bad Wool, that we are working on:

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Shibui’s newest yarn, Birch, 100% extra fine merino, is on it’s way to our store this week.  Here is one of the new patterns for this wonderful yarn:

Shibui BirchBeautiful, isn’t it? It’s the ICON Colorblock Wrap

We are getting ready for a boat load of Madeline Tosh to start coming in.  New colors in Twist, Pashmina, DK, ASAP, Home, and Light.  GR8!

We are having a promotion that will, not only make you cool by using Twitter, but might make you another kind of winner.  Follow us on Twitter, and you will be entered in a contest to win a $25.00 gift card for our store!  (Practice by texting your information with two thumbs. But don’t doing it while walking.  You are probably not ready for that.) 

If you know someone who always wanted to learn how to knit (like, maybe your granddaughter?), we are now offering two different kinds of beginner’s knitting classes.  The first is our usual one-on-one lesson (Usually 1-2 hours at $28.00 per hour.  We teach you the basic knit stitch and purl stitch.) and now we are offering a Beginner’s Knitting Course.  This is a five hour course (first lesson is two hours, then one hour a week for the next three weeks), where you make this great hat below:

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By making this hat, you will learn several techniques.  Ribbing, teaching you how to read stitches, decreasing, and following a pattern.  The course is $140.00, and we give you a 10% discount on materials.  You can come in for your hourly class when it is convenient for you every week.  At the end, you have a great hat, and a lot of skills for knitting your next project.  This would be a great gift for someone who wants to knit.  (You are on your own with the pie making.)

So, start practicing your texting and tweeting.  Soon you will, once again, be hip to the jive.  (We know you know what we just said, but don’t ever say that out loud to your granddaughter).

BTW, FYI, this may all be BS. See?  You already knew the last one.  Cool.

See you soon!

Diane and Christin