Saturday, July 30, 2005

A Day in the Life of a Yarn Store Manager

Today, I helped walk-ins find yarn, and everybody bought something. One lady bought $300 worth or Prism WildStuff, that I wound into balls for her, which made me a little nervous, but I did it perfectly. Maria complimented that I'm really good with customers. That's my favorite part of the job, since I can relate easily to yarnaholics, and it always makes me feel good to see happy knitters.

I could probably be a little lazy at work, and knit store samples, but I just can't sit still when all that beautiful yarn is out of order. I love to untangle and rewind the balls, then stack them so the matching colors are together and the labels are facing the same way. My goal is to prepare a true inventory count, because compared to the computer, many of the numbers are off. My goal is for everyone to know what's available when customers call, with just a few clicks of the mouse, rather than taking several precious minutes to dig through the shelves, only to learn the yarn isn't there. My coworkers point out that I'm a big organizer. Is that a nice way of saying I'm obsessive-compulsive? In this business, I think it's an asset.

I haven't been knitting as much since I started at the yarn shop, except for a few socks rounds, and some swatches for future projects. Working exhausts me, since I'm on my feet all day, so when I come home, all I want to do is fix dinner, turn on the tube, and prop up my feet. After bedtime rituals, I knit for a bit, read knitting books, mags, or blogs, and fall asleep fantasizing about designing a project. I'm leaning toward another ragland short-sleeve top, with some lace detailing, completely knitted in the round....


  1. I'd love to be a Yarn Store Manager! I work in a quilting store which is really excellent. I don't know about knitting (well, I do knit) but I am addicted to crochet! And what I wouldn't do if I could get my hands on your wonderful yarns. Love your drop spindling pics as well. Cheers

  2. That seals it, that's my ideal job too. I'm such an organizer (obsessive-compulsive hits the nail on the head), and a people person for sure. Now if I can just convince a yarn store that they need me... Glad you're enjoying everything :)

  3. i wanted to work at the yarn store, but my sister said it was her place.
    (i'm there all the time anyhow.)

  4. Gah, I'm so jealous! LOL...good luck, can't wait to here how it develops!

  5. When 'ya coming back? I miss your blog!


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