Thank you to everyone who spread the word about The Yarn Gourmet through blogs, emails, and! My first two days have been very successful, and based on customer comments I attribute this more to word-of-mouth than radio and newspaper advertising.
Opening day was good - not so busy I was overwhelmed, but steady. Chris was there almost all day, giving moral support that was worth more than I can say. My darling husband brought me flowers from our gardens. Yesterday was much busier, but at least by then I had established a rhythm for using the credit card and filling out order slips.
And yesterday the Worsted and Silky Merino arrived! The colors are so rich - there is en one worsted color that looks like strawberry ice cream with chocolate syrup. Also yesterday I placed a big order for Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light - should be in by Tuesday, maybe Wednesday at the latest. I also submitted my references to Mountain Colors, so once they verify I am for real I will be able to order from them. There are so many colors to e from, I cannot possibly car them all. I am thinking that if I get a couple skeins of several colorways so customers can see what they look like, that would be better than having a lot of just a few colorways. Also, Mountain Colors has a Special Order program that would allow me to place an order for a specific customer and they l drop ship to that customer. I don't know how fast the turn-around time is for this, but I think it's a good way of getting beautiful yarns to my customers.
The question of the Great American Afghan knit-along came up. So far the consensus is in favor of doing the afghan, rather than the other one. Comments, please? This is YOUR knit-along, so I want to do the project that the most people favor.
The Knitting at pattern order arrived at my h yesterday. Lots of really sweet kids' patterns, and a few very nice adult patterns, including one kimono that is a great beginner project when a knitter is ready to progress from scarves to a garment.
Remember Saturday is the River Park Sidewalk sale. The Yarn Gourmet will have drawings for door prizes at 10, 11, noon, 1, 2, and 3 PM; you do not have to be there to win. In fact, if you come in today and fill out a customer information slip, you are automatically entered in Saturday's drawings. I have some really nice door prizes, including whole bags of yarn.
Beginning June 01 I will have Yarn-of-the-Month - each month a different yarn will be 10% off for the entire month. If anyone is interested in teaching classes after Labor Day, I am going to get a sign-up sheet together, listing the classes I would like to offer. So far customers have specifically asked for , knitting socks on two needles, making knitted garments that fit, and intro knitting. Classes will likely be held Thursday evenings and Saturdays.
Also - someone suggested I get a box of toys for kids to amuse themselves with while mom shops for yarn. All I have is cat toys (kids aren't too interested in those) so if anyone has some gently used kid toys they would like to donate, I would appreciate it.
Off to the showers with me - knit happy!