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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 15, 2006 04:57:08 AM
I hear you all on the ageism thing! I mean, I don't feel all that young any more at 30, and I have 20 years of knitting experience, but try to explain that to some of my 40-60 year-old LYS-customers.  Roll Eyes I work at a yarn store, they didn't hire me because of my pretty smile, goddamnit!

I'm in my 30's and I work in a LYS as well. There's another girl who works with me and is in her 20's. We both often get asked if we know how to knit....

I've started to respond with a huge smile on my face "Of course I do! It's a requirement for the job." And then they usually soften up a bit. Sometimes, I'll show them my current project, lately it's been fair isle and cables in baby garments and then they usually start to trust me.

I also wanted to add that I know some customers who have shopped in our store don't get along well with the owner, who was a former english teacher and can talk down to customers at times without realizing it. We all have different customers who we get along with moreso than others but we try to treat everyone equally, novice or expert and give them what they need and hope that it matches what they want as well.  We're a very reasonable bunch and we often suggest cheaper substitutions if a customer balks at a pricier yarn. Sometimes, we don't have something to substitute but we sure do try to accomodate people. Plymouth Encore is our biggest seller, mostly due to the fact that we sell afghan lots of it, but we carry so many different brands to suit all price points and have a great sale bin that even I shop out of when I get the chance.

Our shop uses the sale bin to move yarns that there are only a few skeins left of in a dye lot or to get rid of yarns that haven't moved in years to make room for new yarns. We sell yarns in the sale bin at either 30% off for sweater lots of discontinued yarns or 50% off of odd skeins....and that's Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Tahki etc. The good stuff. The thing is, 50% off is cost. The sale bin is there to move yarns primarily but also to draw in customers in hopes that they might buy a full price skein or two (or even a sweater lot) on occasion. If a customer shops exclusively from the sale bin, the shop makes $0 on that customer. Please don't jump down my throat for pointing this out. I understand that some people are on limited budgets and that yarn is a luxury and that in order to get the best yarn for your dollars, sale bins are your friends. All I'm saying is that if you want to support your local, friendly LYS, buy a full price skein now and then if you can on your budget along with your sale bin purchases. If your LYS is snobby, then shop from their sale bin exclusively and cost them money in operating costs and wages to serve you.

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitted Babes knitalong on: September 24, 2005 10:16:58 PM
I finished my Knitted Babe this week, her name is Imogen. She turned out quite cute if I do say so myself!

More details can be found here http://jillz.typepad.com/purl_up_with_a_good_yarn/2005/09/ta_da.html
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Very Manly Sweater on: August 19, 2005 03:09:58 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I finally finally finished seaming my Manly Sweater. The pieces were finished in February of this year but I was so scared of seaming it took me this long to finally get over it!

I've blogged about the sweater here :

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Greetings From Around The United States Postcard Swap signup by 2/14,send by on: March 16, 2005 04:20:21 PM
My post cards are going out tomorrow! Sorry for the delay. I just started a new job and it's been kinda crazy around here the last few weeks! I've loved all of the post cards I received!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elegant Gauntlets on: March 02, 2005 10:52:16 AM
From The Purl Stitch in KPPPM

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestion for less expensive yarn substitute on: February 25, 2005 08:43:16 PM
A good place to find substitutions for yarns is www.yarndex.com

They have most of the major brands and you can search by a lot of different fields. I.e. if you want to find a worsted weight yarn that has silk & wool, it will return whatever yarns meet that criteria.

So, looking at the  description of Furz on yarndex, I would choose to search for another heavy worsted that is also fuzzy. The cheapest that was returned was Ironstone Yarns English Mohair @ $6/skein for 89 yards.

Yarndex doesn't have a lot of inexpensive brands listed, but you can at least get a better idea of what type of yarn to look for, i.e. a fuzzy heavy worsted with a lot of yardage for less money!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Substitution for GGH Soft Kid? on: February 22, 2005 05:15:20 AM
A really great resource for comparing yarns and finding substitutes is www.yarndex.com. They list most major brands of yarns and you can search by a ton of different fields. I looked for a substitute for GGH Soft Kid but didn't really find a cheaper one than around $10/skein. There are different brands but they are all pretty much the same price. Well, the retail is the same anyways, you might be able to search for the different names and find a sale from a VYS (virtual yarn shop ) or ebay.
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Head Huggers Earwarmer! on: February 21, 2005 08:42:24 AM

I made another one of these over the weekend. I tried the ribbing this time but I actually prefer the plain stockinette version. I think it gives it a softer look.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Head Huggers Earwarmer! on: February 17, 2005 02:39:53 PM
I made this today for a swap partner. I love it and I'm going to make one for myself!

It was really simple and only took a few hours. This is definitely a great last minute gift!

10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Hot Head Knitalong? Beginners Welcomed! on: February 13, 2005 10:20:32 AM
I finished my first Hothead today! I started it last night as a gift for a friend.

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