I’ve been a little crazy lately. I have actually convinced myself that I would make a great business owner and that I would love nothing more than to open up my own yarn shop. The fact that I’ve never even set foot inside a local yarn store speaks volumes about my insanity.
Of course, I know that I can’t own a yarn shop. Opening a store is incredibly expensive and unbelievably exhausting. It’s also not very profitable for the first few years (when it’s the hardest)… or ever, really. But a girl can dream, right? I have lofty ideas — ones that will turn a profit (or that’s what I’m telling myself) — for my yarn store. I’ve done everything but draw floor plans and 3-D renderings. I have yet to come up with a name, though. However, I know exactly what it’s going to look like, what kinds of supplies it will carry, how the window displays will be arranged, how the website is going to be run, what activities will be offered (such as Saturday Morning Kids Club for mothers who would like to bring their kids in with them, a Teen Night once a month to get teens interested in knitting/crocheting, etc.), where it will be advertised, what kinds of sales would best draw customers in, what kind of furniture would be most conducive to creating a cozy atmosphere… I’ve even picked out a prospective location for the store. (It’d be on a particular boutique-y street here on Staten Island, where there is only one yarn store that isn’t a Jo-Ann, Michaels, or A.C. Moore.) I’ve also decided that this shop would sell teas, coffees, juices, and the like — but no food. The art on the walls would be my friends’ pieces that customers could purchase. To prevent little kids from pawing at the yarn, there would be handmade toys (that are meant to be handled by little tykes) adorning the lower shelves of the display cases.
See, I’m crazy. I’ve thought way too much about this imaginary yarn shop.
…Oh, but how I’d love for it to become real.
Here’s the Slouched Tuva Hat that I mentioned in my previous post:
The yarn I used was too heavy (bulky weight) and the needles were too big (size US 8). As a result, I have a huge rasta hat! Seriously, the slouch part of this “slouched hat” is ginormous. It’s hard to tell from the photo but this hat really would make a great rasta hat. I’ve decided that I’m going to frog the thing and re-knit it on size US 6 needles instead. Hopefully the new hat won’t be so big and heavy (and slide too far back on my head after wearing it for a while).
This is the Hey, Teach! cardigan that I started at the end of February. It was knit in pieces (1 back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves) and had to be seamed together. As it turns out, I didn’t hate it the seaming process as much as I thought I would! I mean, don’t get me wrong… I’d love to not have to do this again if I don’t have to. However, I realized that it’s not worth stressing out about it. It just requires patience and a steady hand. (Two things that I don’t have, really… but two things that I can fake when necessary!)
It was knit as a gift for Alex’s mom’s birthday and I presented her with it yesterday. She said she loved it… but she didn’t try it on or anything so I don’t know how (or whether) it fits. I already have a request from Alex’s sister to knit her one “just like it but in white” and another request from Alex’s mom’s friend for “something warm” (maybe a shawl?). I already have a long list of items that I’d like to make for friends and relatives, so I guess these two will be added to it.
In the meantime, I’m starting something for me:
It’s going to be a hat! I haven’t knit anything for myself… ever. So before embarking on Alex’s impossibly large (not really but it sure seems like it!) striped long-sleeve cardigan, I’m making myself a quick slouchy beret. Neither the yarn nor the needles I’m using are true to the designer’s instructions, so I’m worrying about the final measurements of the thing. I hope it will fit somehow.