Babs has sent me a new shipment of her Yummy 2-ply sock and 3-ply sport including a few new colors, which I'm very apreciative of since it's her busy show season. Many hand dyers, like Babs, not only sell their yarn through select yarn stores, but also at various knitting conventions and shows. And as summer is prime show season, you might find that dyers are unable to dye store orders because of their busy schedule. Thank goodness my dyers work with me on this, because I'd hate to be completely out of something I know you all like so much.
Monday, the floor guys (I'm sure they have a more technical name, but my specialty is sock yarn, not flooring) started laying the tile. It's a 2'x2' diamond black/ivory pattern and it's perfectly centered in the middle of the store. Believe me, I know- if I had to look at an imperfectly laid out floor for the next umpteen years of my life, I'd go nutty. These two men (one of them with 22 years experience) expect to be finished at day's end. I've long loved the simplicity of black and white tile, and I think it reflects the period of the building perfectly.
The space could be complete by the end of the month, giving me plenty of time this summer to put in fixtures and get the place just so before moving the yarn in. Which brings me to the next stage, which I'd like your help with. I'm in the process of collecting sample socks/garments to display in the store. I'm pairing yarn with particular patterns, and I'd like to choose a few of you to help out in knitting the pieces. I only need a handful of knitters, and I know I'll get well over 100 interested people like I did a few years ago, so when you submit the following info to me, please don't hate me if I don't get back to you or even confirm receiving your submission. I'm treading water, timewise, as it is. And since I only need a few knitters right now, I'll keep your info on file for possible future sample knitting.... believe me, there will be plenty.
So here's what you should e-mail me, at firstname.lastname@example.org , if you're interested and if you have the next three weeks free to knit up a storm.
1. your full name and address
2. your personal guarentee that you can get the finished garment/socks to me two weeks after you receive the yarn. I'll reimburse you for shipping it back to me, and I'll pay for the yarn and pattern (but you'll need your own needles) and mail those to you.
3. a direct link to your Ravelry projects page, or three images of recent finished projects attached to the e-mail. I won't click more than once to see the images; I just don't have the time to search around for pictures, so please make sure you direct me to the right place.
4. if you are in Fort Wayne, New Haven or Woodburn, please title your e-mail LOCAL SAMPLE KNITTER, and if you aren't in my area, simply title it SAMPLE KNITTER. I need a couple of each.
I really appreciate your interest in knitting up samples and having them on display in the store. I'll tag the samples with the name and state of the person who knit them so that you can even come and visit them in their habitat, if you like!