If I walk into a store and the person working there doesn't acknowledge my presence with at least a simple "hi", then I definitely don't want to spend time / money there. This goes for yarn shops, bead shops, retail stores, and pretty much anywhere else that I may spend some money. There are a few yarn shops that I've visited here in Philly that are very very friendly and I look forward to finding a new project to work on so I can buy yarn there, and other ones where I feel less invited.
IamSusie: You said that you don't use markers to mark the rounds. Are you working in rounds, or in spirals? In rounds, where you join the last stitch to the previous stitch with a sl st, then ch 1 (for sc), and begin your next round, there really isn't a reason for marking the rounds because normally you can see the raised up stitch. When working in spirals, unless you have patience to count every stitch (which I don't), I can't imagine not using stitch markers.
When I work in the round, I make sure I leave a good length tail (6"-7") in the beginning, and I use that tail as my stitch marker. Once I get to the end of the round, I lay the tail between the working yarn and the hook, and then I just start to crochet around. It works great, because normally with amigurumi it ends of turning into a cup-like shape, so the tail is protected on all sides by the piece itself, so it really doesn't fall out.
I guess if you were really paranoid about it coming out, you could tie a bead or something on to the end so it couldn't come out, but honestly I've never had a problem with it.
I'm sorry if none of that made sense. If need be, I can take a picture of what I'm talking about and post it on here.
I'm making a crocheted bag, and I'm using Red Heart Super Saver doubled with a J hook. It's super tight (which is what I want), but since it's super tight, it's also super curly. I'm planning on crocheting it in separate pieces (1 front, 1 back, 2 sides, 1 bottom), and seaming them together. I just finished the bottom, so I've got to complete all of the other pieces before I can think about sewing them together.
My question is: Should I bother trying to block them? I've never made anything that has required blocking before, and I would assume that blocking works best with plant / animal fibers. Maybe I could just throw all of the separate pieces in the washing machine with my normal wash, dry it, and then piece them together?
I love to knit with it, it has a beautiful sheen to it (not shiny, but not dull), and it feels very smooth on your hands.
However, I found that using it to crochet amigurumi (or something at a tight gauge in general), made it split a whole lot. I'm pretty confident in my crocheting ability, but when I use Encore to crochet with I feel like a beginner again.
I work in a yarn shop in south jersey, and I've definitely experienced the snobbery at other yarn shops, so I try hard not to do it to people who come in. I've definitely directed people to searching online for different things. However, within a 2 mile radius of my store there are at least 3-4 other yarn shops. I've never been to them, so when people ask me how to get to the other yarn shops, I tell them I don't know where they are (I know what towns they're in, but no addresses or directions).
I hope that doesn't make me seem like I'm trying to drive away business from other stores, but I really am being honest when I say I don't know where they are.
I also think it takes some balls to walk into a yarn store and ask for directions to a competitor.