Friday, May 9, 2008

Knit 'n Style Feature

Hey, we've made it to the big time! Knit 'n Style's newest issue has a great article about Yarnmarket and we're really thrilled that our shoppers will be able to get to know us a little bit better -- and even see what a few of us look like. Michele, our do-everything marketing lady and staff photographer took all the shots...and you'll notice there are none of me. That's because Michele likes her job and wants to keep it. (There are no shots of Alex, either. He's sort of like Charlie on Charlie's angels. Well, in his dreams!)

Patsy was good enough to demonstrate how to take a ball of yarn from a shelf. Actually she's shopping in our showroom that is still being completed. We ran into a little bit of a challenge making all the yarns look neat and pretty on the shelves until Pat and Michele invented "Pat and Michele's Amazing Yarn Stacker." I'll write about it in another posting...with a photo of their invention.

Pat is shown answering the phones. You might recognize her from some of our pattern photos on the shopping site. Pat looks good in anything she wears, so she's become our corporate model...and in-house inventor. Josh is behind her, hiding, with his hat turned backwards. I don't know what it is with these young guys who think their head is facing the other way, but it seems to make them happy, so what the heck.

Alma is shown packing up an order for shipment. Alma's been with us since almost the beginning of Yarnmarket so you've probably collected her autograph in the past when she's signed your packing slip, "Thanks from Alma!" Hang onto that autograph. Some day it might be worth millions.

There's a nice shot of Lisa pulling customer orders. Lisa also sends out the orders for all the YarnMerchant and BargainYARNS a lot of people around the world are collecting her autograph, too.

I love the shots of the warehouse and the bags of packages becase it gives you a great idea of what goes on here each day. We have seven warehouses with shelves stacked high with yarns. Those bins are wonderful...each one lined up precisely on the shelf, with a nice big label so the ladies can easily find one of the thousands of yarns we carry. Over six hundred brands, a gazillion colors. Do the's a lot of stuff to find.
At this point, I'd like to express my personal appreciation to the guys who invented the alphabet. (Started by the Greeks and finished by the Phoenicians.) Special thanks to my Phavorite Phoenician, Ahmad Sinno, because I'm sure his ancestors were somehow involved. Without the alphabet we'd never find our yarn...and this blog would be written in binary code.

01010100 01101000 01100101 01101110 00100000 01101111 01101110 01101100 01111001 00100000 01001001 01010100 00100000 01100111 01110101 01111001 01110011 00100000 01100011 01101111 01110101 01101100 01100100 00100000 01110010 01100101 01100001 01100100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00101110 00001101 00001010

The ladies run through the warehouses each day, filling and packing orders, and then Tina and Brenda make sure hundreds of orders are ready to ship when MarlOn (our wonderful UPS guy) picks them up each night and sends them out all over the planet.

We'll try to get a shot of Marlon one of these days. He's one of those good looking UPS guys that we're all very happy to see at the end of a gruelling day. (Or even at the beginning of one.)

Knit 'n Style also ran a really cute photo of the kids knitting here at Yarnmarket. We sometimes have classes for them. There's Chloe (Michele's daughter), Katie and Maggie (who are Lori's girls) and one of Maggie's friends. They look so cute as they intently work on their knitting.

Be sure to get an issue of Knit 'n Style...not only for the great patterns you'll find in there. And check out the August issue for the scoop on Yarnmarket and the Yarnmartians.

Oh!!! One last thing: we mention Jill's award winning fudge in it. Jill currently owes us some peanut butter fudge. I'll try to get her to part with her recipe so I can share it with you.

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