Saturday, July 07, 2007

Minding the Yarn Shop

We're off on the Tour de Fleece 2007which begins today. I got in good shape yesterday by spinning half an hour last evening. (sadly I can't get the button to load properly on the sidebar)

Arriving at The Purl District yarn store yesterday the long knit scarf was still draped across the entrance. No one was around. The store is one of four spacing the huge open space of one of the older buildings in Silverton. The main doors were open and lights on. Other stores were bustling with activity but not the yarn shop. Another spinner had already gotten an iced latte from Not Yo Mama's Coffee shop upstairs so I headed up for mine. The flower shop keeper took down the scarf barrier and told us to go ahead and sit at the table. A group of four eventually gathered knitting and spinning. Still no shop keeper. Shortly after 10 a buyer came in with some questions. She wanted to make her first pair of socks. I talked with her, showed her the sock yarns, talked about her knitting experience then got out the sock pattern notebook and found a basic pattern for her. I accepted a check. First sale of the day. After she left I looked around the cash register for a worker/phone list then called the person scheduled for the morning. No answer. Called the owner. No answer, left a message. Called the worker scheduled for the afternoon. She'd was busy showing a buyer her angora rabbits but she'd try to be in by noon!

I didn't get a lot of spinning or knitting done with the occasional interruptions by shoppers. One traveling family came in. The daughter wanted to buy a kit. The ones we found didn't have the right color combinations. A lost sale. Another woman wanted to know what pattern and material a display sweater was made from. I could guess a cashmere blend but had no idea of pattern. Another lost sale. :-(

Another picture of the mystery project being made from my handspun multicolored merino. Guesses are welcome. There might even be a prize for the person who guesses correctly both questions: what will it be? what's the process?

I'm off for a day of demonstrating spinning at the Silver Falls State Park. I'm excited about this new experience.


Blogger Marianne said...

Oh dear...minding the yarn store unexpectedly....sounds very casual in their set up though...

ack..I have no idea what your mystery project will be..or the process...guesses? it looks like it has loops there on the side... a lap blankie? crocheted? hmmmmm.
I will say this with certainty, that's some beautiful yarn!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

That sounds like an interesting day... a day in the life of a shopkeeper, eh? :0)

6:43 PM  
Blogger rho said...

hmmmm tunisian crochet and baby blanket???

It sure is pretty yarn no matter what it is..

8:42 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Sounds like a very interesting experience, being a shop owner for a day :-)
Your yarn has such beautiful colors !
I'll take a guess, a so-called-scarf ?

3:07 PM  
Blogger cyndy said... almost make me miss retail!

and what fun to go demonstrating, cannot wait to hear about it!

and your mystery project remains a mystery to me...I'm completely stumped so far...

5:19 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Love the colours in that mystery project yarn, can we have a clue though? Lucky you were there to keep the business running, maybe you'll get a bonus....wear a Will Work For Yarn Badge next time!

1:31 PM  

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