On the shop's Facebook page this week, I post the above picture. It's a vision that made me happy in the early morning- we have so much natural light in the store that we rarely turn on lights, unless it's a shop-open day, and I think that's simply b/c people intuitively expect lights to be turned on when a shop is open. The eight light fixtures in the shop don't really do a whole lot- it's the natural light flooding through the 17 windows of the storefront (there are even more in the back dye shop) that illuminate the shop so well.
This week marks two years since our 1940's post office restoration started. When the restoration commenced, the exterior of these windows were covered in a dark tint, and the inside windows were covered with office walls. We had no idea what our finished product would look like, as these windows hadn't been uncovered in decades.
But, oh, when it was complete five weeks later (I know, crazy fast), it was everything you could want in a yarn store. Huge windows, high up so that no direct light hits the yarn, but loads of indirect light to show every little bit of love that a dyer has put into a skein.
I didn't realize what a big difference it makes to create a project in the yarn store that is illuminated with natural light versus one that uses fluroscent light. Every yarn store I'd shopped in, until opening this new space, wouldn't have had enough lighting to see the yarn with out using electircity and either incandescent or fluorescent light. Most shops have one ore two windows at the front or back, but since my shop is a stand-alone building, there is light on every side.
If you take a look below, you can see the difference light can make when choosing for a projects. The skein you see is Madelinetosh Merino Light in Spectrum. A fitting choice for this example not only because of the name, but because there are so many colors in just a few inches of fiber. This first image is taken in a room that is lighted only with fluorescent light, no flash.
This second image is the exact same skein with the same camera also with no flash, taken in the shop, with only natural light. A truer representation of the skein, with the exception that the image looks a bit brighter than if you were looking at the skein and not an image on a monitor.
You can see what a difference natural light can make when choosing colors for a project. When I photo the yarn for the website, I also use only natural light and no flash. That way, you get the best idea of what the yarn will look like in your hands.