Sunday, October 28, 2007

Some opening day photos

Our friends Ouida and Mark took some great shots of opening day with Mark's iPhone--

Thanks for bringing these in today! Y'all rock!

We are humbled

In our wildest dreams we could not have imagined a more perfect first day. Thank you, one and all!

I am sure that there are some that I missed, or some that I will remember as soon as I hit "submit" on this post, but here are some high points of the day: getting in and listening to a message on the machine from my friend Karen in Scotland... Karen calling again not ten minutes later and being able to hear her beautiful voice tell us that even though she is thousands of miles away she considers us to be her Local Yarn Store... Sophia calling from Canada (town wave, sweetie!)... flowers and chocolate from Beth and Joe who are traveling in Atlanta right now... flowers from Aunt Gay and Uncle Joe, and also a bottle of champagne from them walked over personally from Robbie at Dorn's across the street... flowers from Kelly and Robbie in North Carolina... my mother and Dave coming up, and bringing limes from their tree (with a caveat not to do this again, hah hah, no worries there!)... turning around and seeing that WV Beth had surprised us by driving up from Orlando... other out-of-towners Carla and Lynn coming up (separately, from the same city!)... my friend Amy dropping off flowers... other people who I missed bringing plants and flowers... the wonderful knitting group who crowded around at opening and watched our happy teary ribbon cutting and cheered us on... and the same knitting group looking so happy and at home as they sat in what we feel is our living room and chatted and knitted and had a great time (thank you Daniel for helping to make coffee!)... Katie coming down from Baltimore on Wednesday and staying through Saturday to help (and she's not even a knitter!)... Charlie and Chris juggling outside... a group of women (one of whom I had heard took the day off from work) who showed up and also sat in our "living room" for a few hours with all number of crafty endeavors including knitting, crochet, and embroidery... meeting people in person who I had only had email contact with... seeing that kids really did like the easel and the toys... hearing that people had been reading about us on our blog and were so excited that we're open... people who said they'd been driving by for weeks (and months) watching us prepare and that they're so glad we're here... I'm sure that I've forgotten something or someone, and my apologies if I have; my mind is like a steel sieve these days. A special wonderful amazing teary thank-you to our men, who did 100% of the renovations and we love them beyond distraction for that and many other things.

We could not have asked for a better, more amazing and happy, first day. It feels like the best dream, and I can't believe that I get to go do it again today. I am humbled, and full of joy.

Thank you, everyone.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

These are days you'll remember

Carpe yarn

These are Days

These are days you'll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.
These are days you'll remember.
When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour.
You'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.
These are days.
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break.
These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face.
And when you do you'll know how it was meant to be.
See the signs and know their meaning.
It's true, you'll know how it was meant to be.
Hear the signs and know they're speaking to you, to you.

by R. Buck/N. Merchant

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Yarn as art

Every shop should have some nice art on display...

In case of emergency, break glass!

My friend Sophia sent me this yarn a while ago, and even though Sharon and I hadn't said anything to anyone at that point about wanting to open a yarn store, my first thought upon seeing this yarn was "this needs to go on display when I open a yarn shop!"

And it will, now that I have found the proper display case.

Hee hee hee.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Like a barn raising, but with science fiction geeks. And yarn.

We are finally at the point where we can take our friends up on all their offers of help, and let me just tell you how kick-ass our friends are. Look what they helped us do today--

We open in two weeks! Eeep!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hanks Haldesoap

One thing that we'll be carrying at the shop - and that will be available only in the actual shop, and will not be offered on our internet store - is my handmade soap.

Hanks Haldesoap: Handmade for Hanks by Haldechick

Hanks Haldesoap (closeup)

These four-ounce bars of soap (one basic, and one decorated with yarn and knitting needles) come in a variety of bases, including Shea Butter, Hemp, Aloe Vera, Honey, and Goat's Milk, and come in a variety of scents. Our major scents at the moment include Lavender, Woodland Pear, and Buttercream & Snickerdoodle. More scents will also be added in the future.