Hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving and had time to spend with those most precious to you. Now I'm sure everyone turns to the hustle and bustle of the next holiday. Let's not get ourselves too stressed. As hard as it sounds, it's actually quite possible. Planning ahead, like NOW, is very helpful. If you are making things for gifts now is the time to get going. Choose something that suits the person but isn't going to stress you out and cause you to have a couple all nighters to finish. There are many small projects that can make even the fussiest recipient happy. How about some cashmere or alpaca mittens or socks, or scarf out of llama and silk,
a lovely small purse from ribbon,are some that come to mind at the moment. I' m sure we could find something for everyone.
We have been very busy in the shop getting stock out for the busy season and still have some time to knit ourselves. This week the biggest seller was the Baby Grande Alpaca from Plymouth. This is due to the lovely mittens it makes and the bolero vest that everyone has to try on when they come into the shop. I can't keep the stuff stocked. A tip for super soft mittens....I made some out of the alpaca, washed them in the sink with hot water, ruffed them up a bit and when they are dry, turn them inside out and brush them fuzzy with a hairbrush. Super warm and cozy! The fuzz on the inside adds a layer that traps the heat and keeps your hands very comfortable. Try it!,
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'm always trying to come up with new things for my customers. Sometimes I'm at a loss and have a hard time being creative. I've come up against that problem this month. The hat window is cool and a work in progress. We have rearranged again...the Debbie Bliss and the Mission Falls finally have a home of their own. I bought 2 more Ikea cases to get rid of the brown odd bookcases and can't wait to get them filled. I've ordered some very nice winter yarns and patterns to go with them that I hope will inspire everyone to knit for the holidays or just for themselves. I am concerned as ever about the Big Box store that opened down the road and are confident that my loyal customers are just that. I appreciate all your support and input and if there is any product you wish to see in the shop, Please let me know. I'm here for you and wish to support you in your projects as best I can. I have to say however, with the ever changing economy , if you come in to the shop with a project made with 'someone elses' yarn purchased 'somewhere else' I will be glad to assist you but there will be a charge. I know you all understand. I have been very reasonable as far as this goes for a long time and have not charged or even mentioned a fee, this is relatively unheard of in the yarn shop world. Most shops charge for assistance and classes. We have tried to accomodate and assist anyone who has needed it and will continue to keep customer service at the forefront. I feel the time and experitse of the women working in the shop has value, we need to treat it as such. You wouldn't by beef at the grocery store and bring it to a restuarant and ask them to prepare it for you, would you? or would you go into Williams and Sonoma and pick out a recipe in a book and say, I don't want the whole book just the recipe? What do you think the response would be?