I'm back! And I've got new yarn!
And the three ZYG colorways, just right for summer sock knitting! Here's Gone Surfin':
And Tea Cups:
And Peachy Mint:
There they are, folks! They're even more beautiful in person. Which brings me to a topic that has been hot on my mind lately - the local yarn shop. When I was at TNNA at the beginning of this month, I started to form a plan in my head to work towards disbanding my little on-line retail shop and start selling my patterns wholesale only. This is partly because I think ultimately it will be better for my business (assuming I can make a go of it) and partly because I really want to support and not undercut local shops. I really doubt that my piddly pattern sales are making a huge impact on anyone else's business, but who knows? My question for you is, does your on-line shopping cut into what you normally would've spent at your LYS, or doesn't it matter?
There are a surprising amount of politics in the business of knitting. There are lots of shops that are barely hanging on, and they rail at anyone doing anything that they perceive as harmful to their business (like selling on-line). This is just one example - I'm finding this whole knitting business to be a poorly-marked minefield that I'm trying to pick my way through with some casualties. There are plenty of rules that you are "supposed" to know that aren't necessarily obvious to an outsider but get you in serious hot water if you accidentally break. I'm slowly learning, and I think that getting rid of my direct on-line selling will avoid one of many potential touchy subjects as I'm trying to market my patterns to local shops (I'll still keep a few on-line sources for those of you who live in areas not served by a local shop, or whose LYS owner doesn't want to carry my patterns).
BTW (shameless pandering here), if you like my patterns, I'd be forever indebted if you'd mention them to your LYS owner...
Finally, I can't go another day without thanking my fabulous pals and FINALLY posting pictures of the swag they sent. First, my No Sheep SP sent me this gorgeous skein of Tilli Tomas Soie de la Mer (60% silk, 40% seacell). It is incredible! I have no idea what I'll make out of it, but for now, it's the hank I keep next to my computer to pet for inspiration.
And here is yet another fabulous package from my SP10. I'm amazed at how spot-on she is with her gifts!
Apart from the incredible book, there's also bath stuff, German sock yarn, Plymouth Bamboo, a vanilla candle and a dishcloth. Fabulous! Thanks, pals!