Monday, February 20, 2006

Rowan Order & Needle Exchange

Feast your eyes on what showed up at my house this past Friday. This is our Rowan, Nashua, Bryson, and book order. I couldn't even get all of the boxes in the picture because they go around the corner! It took me from about noon until 9:30 pm to inventory it all. That is even with my sweet friend Jennifer coming over to help for several hours.

One of the things we are doing for the shop is knitting swatches of all of our yarn. I think it will give our customers a better idea of what things look like knit up. They can also sit down and knit a little with the ball that we used for the swatch. Looks like I had better get busy. This picture was taken after I had already sent at least twelve balls of yarn home with Sheryl and Jennifer.

My good friend Catherine is hosting a needle exchange. This is a fun, quick, and less expensive alternative to doing the Secret Pal. Just one package required. Who doesn't love to get stuff in the mail?

1. What do you like to knit or crochet? (socks, sweaters, etc.) I'm mainly a knitter, and have just picked up a little crochet. I enjoy knitting everything, except maybe afghans.
2. What fibers do you like? Natural
3. What type of needles do you use most often? Addis, Lantern Moons
4. Do you like to knit in the round? Yes
5. Do you use a magic loop method or any other we should know about? Are you interested in learning a new method? I'm interested in trying the Magic Loop method.
6. Do you have a favorite place that you shop online? (,, I own my own yarn shop, so that would be traitorous!
7. Do you want to be surprised? Then erase all your answers above and write surprise me!!! A girl always loves surprises.


Anonymous Brynne said...

I cannot imagine how you ever get anything done with all of that temptation sitting around your house!

If you need swatching help, I'm available!

4:44 AM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Are you still a prisoner in your own house waiting for orders to arrive or are you free to move about the world?

5:11 AM  
Blogger Scoutj said...

Another good piece of advice is what we do at our store. Ever yarn has a big index card tacked to the shelf that looks kind of like this:

Debbi Bliss Cotton Glace'
100% cotton
5sts inch us 5's
102 yds/ 25gms

something like that
then everything is organized by weight in the shop and it's easy to read the cards and know what it's all about. Hope that makes sense!

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

First of all, a giant HOORAY for yarn stores that knit up swatches. It is so incredibly helpful. Second of all, a giant GULP to the prospect of having to actually knit all those swatches! Talk about a daunting task. Good luck!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

i gotta say i loved going to your house to finger the yarn! LOVED IT!!!! i am so excited for you and sheryl :) i have been looking online all marning to get something for my needle pal! i might have to be a copycat and get my pal those mango moon needles too!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh. My. Word. What a bounty of riches! Wonderful idea swatching up the yarn. I always find that most helpful.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm available for swatching. My address is...

I need to get over there soon!!!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I love your swatching idea. It does make a difference to see it done up. What an overwhelming time you and Sheryl must be going through. That photo of the boxes was kind of scarey!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I think the swatch idea is brilliant! My LYS has a few yarns swatched,and I LOVE that, seeing it actually knit up, but for the shoppers to be able to sit and actually knit with something and see if they can get gauge, etc.... brilliant!!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Let me know if you want some help with your swatches - I'll be happy to help you!!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Isela said...

Ohh, your house is heaven right now. May I come and help you swatch. I have always wanted to knit with every rowan yarn. I have only felt two of them and they are sooo pretty.
The swatch idea is a great one, it definitely helps knitters to see how it looks knitted up. My LYS got one of those Addi cranking machines and they just made a scarf with each of the skeins, it took about 2 minutes to make one. It only takes worsted weight and lighter yarns, but that could save you tons of time.
If you need help in swatching, please drop me a note and I will be willing to crank out some out for you.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, your shop is going to have everything! I love the idea of having swatches. I bet your girls love being surrounded by all that yarn :)

2:19 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Wow that's alot of boxes...I envy you and don't envy you all at once...I'm so confused... ;o)

6:50 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

I can't even imagine the excitement of having all that yarny goodness in your house! So lovely! Then again, I'm sure it's a LOT of work to inventory everything. I love your swatch idea!! I wish they did that at my LYS; it would be so helpful to know how the yarn actually knit up. I also like your idea of letting customers knit with the leftovers to get a feel for the yarn and hand. So excited for you and Sheryl! (and Catherine! :-) Take care, Amy!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Goodness me! I can see how this is getting a little stressful for you! I hope you are still having fun with it! ;) I think the knitting swatches are so worth while. My LYS has very few samples and swatches, so I can see how it would be so helpful.

Good luck with it all, sweet Amy! ;)

4:43 AM  
Blogger knit_chick said...

You have such great self-control. I'd be rolling in all the yarn if those boxes showed up at my house!

I think that is such a great idea to knit up swatches of the yarn that you will carry. You're going the extra mile by allowing customers to knit with the leftover yarn.

I'm so excited for you and Sheryl!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Wow! So much temptation! Good luck with all that swatching. It will definitely be helpful to your customers.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Gabntute said...

I can't believe the amount of drool that came from my mouth when I saw the boxes of yarn in the photo! If you need help making CROCHET SWATCHES I would love to help!!
Hi all...for those who don't know me..I'm a crocheter not really a knitter. But I stumbled across Amy's blog..and I've added most of you to my favorite list. I need to keep up with crochet and knit bloggers!! Because like Amy...I'm planning on opening a yarn store in NJ!!

1:50 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Oh. My. Gosh. You are in yarny heaven, my dear! We just had a LYS open near us recently, and the owner was telling me how her dining room was wall to wall, floor to ceiling yarn. And it wasn't as great as you'd think it would be, because she couldn't even walk through it! I guess there is such a thing as too much of a good thing...

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Glenda said...

I'd be happy to help you with knitting those swatches--I can't imagine what would be more fun than playing with all that different yarn! Anyway, I live in Austin, but I'm visiting family in Houston on Sunday and Monday, so let me know if you need the assistance!

8:00 AM  
Blogger strangelittlemama said...

oooooh, I am so excited for you!! I'd love to open a knit cafe!!
Are you going to be selling online, too?

5:50 PM  
Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

How exciting! Our LYS does the little swatch thing. They also have a table with chairs, and on the table are these big blown glass goblets with a smallish ball of a bunch of different yarns with appropriate needles in them...the needles look like cute little swizzle sticks! Customers are welcome to sit and play with the yarns and needles, and it's all very "cocktail party"! Very fun, and clever!

I'm sure you'll have your own fun and clever stuff, but I wanted to share that idea with you!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Wow, that's a lot of boxes. It must be exciting and overwhelming at the same time I am sure. Best wishes to you on your opening. Sure wished I lived close by!

9:03 PM  
Blogger JustApril said...

That's a great idea about being able to knit a bit with the some of the swatch yarn! I would never have thought of that!
Smartness! =)``

8:17 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wow, that's a lot of yarn! I love the swatch idea!

12:50 PM  
Blogger traveling knitter said...

Hey Amy! I e-mailed Sheryl to see what she thought about joining forces with the Richmond Knitters to do a Local SP. I could organize it and maybe try to start it around the openning of the shop so that we could buy our supplies then...what do you think?

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I feel like the woman in the Mervyn's commercials ... *OPEN OPEN OPEN* When will you be opening? Maybe we should do a store opening Podcast on Pointy Sticks? I'm ready to start planning my road trip - I wish your store would be closer to me!


9:04 PM  
Blogger cherry blossom said...

oh my goodness! i had forgotten you were opening a store :) its been a while since i've caught up on people's blogs. i'm so happy for you! i'll have to make a special trip out to say hi and see the store :D

12:44 PM  
Blogger Agnes said...

I think it is a VERY GOOD idea to swatch the yarns ... really, knitters would have better idea what they are buying by looking at the swatches. I just hope my LYSs would do the same. But at the same time, I understand that once the business is started, with new yarns keep coming in and all other aspects of the shop to take care of, it seems almost impossible to swatch yarns, except of course if you have a specific person solely responsible for that. But anyway, I wish you and Sheryl all the best with your business venture.

1:36 PM  

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