Thursday, June 26, 2008

Catching Up

It's been one heck of a month. We were making last minute preparations for TNNA when I got a call from my family that there was an emergency we had to attend to. Alex and I high-tailed it up to Canada, and didn't return for 2 1/2 weeks.

Fortunately, Jan, Josh, Stephanie Quattrini from Hanzon, and our lovely Trade Show Ladies, Sue and Marianne, did a terrific job without us and reported that our booth was always very busy. A lot of yarn shop owners visited to find out more about YarnMerchant, the service we offer so they can better serve their customers. (Motto: If everybody's happy, then...ummm...well, everybody's happy!)

Stephanie had the pleasure of appearing in a segment of Interweave Daily Knitting TV which was being shot at the event. Let's hope viewers can easily understand her lovely British accent. We always laugh when Brits are shown on US TV with sub-titles. I wonder if they do that there with US accents?

Anyway, the show was good, we're back home, and we're now hunkered down preparing for the busy fall season. I've been having a great time ogling the new summer yarns we've just added to our Showroom. There are too many to mention, so I'll recommend just a few of my favorites. Tomorrow I might have a few others to mention because we've got so many wonderful new yarns coming in every day and I can't decide which ones are my favorites.

For those of us who are paying more attention to ecologically friendly fibers, Sirdar's Sublime line is gorgeous. There's an Organic Cotton DK that comes in eight soft shades. I love the softness..and the price isn't bad, either, at $7.85 for 120 yards. I think I'd use this for a really cool tank top or maybe a beach cover-up. I always love the feel of pure cotton.

If you like an interesting texture, we've also received Elsebeth Lavold's Bamboucle, a lovely mixture of cotton, bamboo, linen, and nylon. It's a worsted weight that's great for summer, and it comes in some pretty summery colors. I absolutely ADORE this color, and I've read that it looks good on absolutely everybody. There are 14 colors to choose from...but this one is my personal favorite because it would work with just about everything I have in my wardrobe.

Another delightful bamboo choice is Debbie Bliss Prima. It's 80% bamboo and 20% worsted wool, and it has the loveliest sheen. These are just some of the colors. Do you like our display unit? We were having a heck of a time figuring out how to keep all our yarns nice and tidy in our new Showroom. Pat and Michele put their heads together and invented, "Pat and Michele's Amazing Yarn Stacker." It worked so well that they went into full production, cutting, drilling, gluing and then painting all the pieces.

We like their invention so much that we think we ought to branch out by selling them as Pat and Michele's Amazing Donut Stackers, Amazing Bagel Stackers, or Amazing Pineapple Stackers. What do you think?

There are so many new yarns that I'm afraid I'm going to spend the rest of the day fondling them and deciding which ones I should put into my personal stash. Right now I'm working on socks for Devra for next Christmas. (Yes...Devra, my friend with the Vest that never ends.) I was pretty excited when she said she'd like socks because they're quick and easy. Oddly, I'm going to end up with three socks exactly the same. I finished the pair while I was in Canada and still had some yarn left so I started on a third one. I needed something to keep my hands busy. There's not enough yarn left for a fourth sock so I guess I'll give all three to Devra just in case she loses one of them (you know how you see those abandoned socks on the side of the highway and you wonder how on earth they got there).

Or, you never know...with all the preservatives and other gunk they're putting into our food and air these days, she could suddenly sprout another foot. If that ever happens, she'll be prepared.

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