Before Tempe Yarn, I didn't think much about how yarn looked on a shelf or how yarn was put-up. Which was a better seller, small 50 gram skeins, larger 100 gram skeins or hanks of yarn.? Does the yarn stack nicely or look better hanging up? Some yarn is happier in a cube than on a shelf. Other yarn gets over looked because it is in a cube or on a shelf and would show better hung-up.
Right after an order comes in and we restock our shelves at Tempe Yarn I enjoy just sitting and looking at the shelves.
With in a few minutes of sitting there the yarn begins whispering. It usually starts with "choose me, no me, wait I was here first, choose me...." (Yes it goes downhill from there and can't be explained to a non-yarn person.) As I look at how pretty the colors sit on the shelf and all my choices, I mentally begin re-arranging the colors, over and over. Does the pink go better with the brown or the purple. Should I choose rainbow colors or more muted, softer colors, natural palette or over the top vibrant?
Some times guests at Tempe Yarn apologize for taking a while to choose the perfect color or yarn for their project. I quickly confess that even after all the projects I have done, all the choices I have and all the potential choices from all my suppliers, I too spend a good amount of time choosing my next project. Maybe if the yarns would be a little quieter, I could concentrate more and speed up the process. However, they are pretty vocal when they see me coming.