As I crunched through the snow this morning I did wonder how busy the shop will be and tried to: A avoid sliding and B think of a topic to write about here. Its been a while (I have been under the influence of antibiotics as well as …this is well…. supposed to be retails biggest time of year you know!!) since my last rant and well …… less said quickest mended. I am not out to fleece any of my customers and I sell products I think are best quality rather than just a ‘brand’.
To the blog….. I went off to look through my photo images for inspiration and photos of WYS The Croft (above) and Gems (more on that later) when I came across these…..
We have a bit of a week last week. Health was an issue for various people. I hope Pauline is now on the right road to recovery. Both Jacob and Ceri had a few hours in hospital. The later resulted in a few days at ‘work’ in the shop for Peter. We made pompom and coloured, tried and failed to crochet (patience is not his thing), at one point I gave him my camera – there were a number of customers in the shop at the time (their images not included to protect the innocent) and I hadn’t realised he was taking shots. This is a Peter’s eye view of RedAppleYarn!
By Peter aged 4 and 1/4 —- There are some strange views of the fittings and fixtures and the stock, but another perspective…
Onto WYS, as a stockist I get previews and promotional emails from them. It is good to know new products are coming out in advance (look out for new colours in the Signature in the spring). The last one I got made me start. Not because they are up for Awards with the British Craft Council ( vote here). They get nominated because they are good British products, produced with the maker in mind. Modern colours and yarn that is really good to work with. Have to say we have stocked them since we opened because we like the Britishness and they are based in my home town, quite a lot of things to like really……
Nominations for Knitting Brand and Knitting product – The Croft a yarn produced in collaboration with Jamiesons and Smith Shetland, lovely to work with and soft to wear, it is a tweed effect yarn. For Crochet product and best brand. I was a bit taken by the idea of Gems (the new Wensleydale wool yarn) being best crochet product and had to go try it. It crochets well and gives fluffy look to ‘granny squares’ especially after washing (knits nice too)…… there are some lovely bright colours in the range ‘very crochet’!
It was more the promotion encouragement to vote —— does anyone else think it is odd (weird, counter intuitive, cynical, just a sign of the times ……..) that an organisation all about promoting and maintaining individual hand-making skills and crafting should be sponsored by the biggest on-line retailing, commercially motivated, money interested, mega company, juggernaut on the planet? Must be the William Morris in me!!