What is going on here exactly?
Hi! I am not really sure what’s going on in this picture, but I AM sure that I love it! But I am here to say “hello” and tell you what IS going on here at Happyknits. Our new schedule is working nicely, rotating days, and getting settled in. We are learning things…about each other, a partnership, the business, organization, and YARN. We are happy.
We have started meeting with Yarn Reps and have made some orders. Our needles and notions are stocked up well now, and we have started carrying metal needles along with the bamboo and hardwood. We have been to Bartlett Yarns in Harmony and stocked up on their Worsted, and their new 50/50 alpaca/wool blend, worsted in beautiful natural colors. It’s fantastic, by the way. We have some Malabrigo Rios and Worsted on it’s way, and some Noro Sock yarn. We have unanimously agreed on our first new yarn, and have composed a wish list of colors and weights to be introducing to the store and all of you in late August. We are looking ahead at the calendar and the going’s on of downtown Skowhegan.
We are hoping you are all having a very happy and relaxing summer….taking time each day to be creative. I admit that I fall into the seasonal knitter category, but my fingers are starting to twitch again as we anticipate lethargy settling in after the busy excitement of the summer sun. I love the warm days, followed by cool nights. Be good to yourselves….knit or crochet with something that makes you say “ahhhhhhh”
Stop in for a visit…peace.
happy about Happyknits, LLC
I’m HAPPY to introduce you to the new Happyknits, LLC gang. These fun ladies have decided to join me in the operation of your local yarn store, making it possible to keep Happyknits going, with the potential to be a MUCH better place to satisfy your fiber crafting needs. I am excited, relieved, inspired, and hopeful about the future.
Without sounding as though I am filling you up with promises, I will give you a little bit of info about some of these positive changes.
Starting Tuesday, July 1, 2014 we will be OPEN 5 DAYS/WEEK year round!!! Each one of us has decided to work a weekday, and we will rotate Saturdays where we will each cover a Saturday every 4 weeks. It works well for us so that we can each maintain our “other lives”. Best of both worlds…
Also…we have just gathered to do a thorough restocking of the needles and notions inventory. This was one of our first priorities and we have a nice plan to keep things in stock as best as possible. A little organization…who knew??
Knit Night will continue to be on Wednesdays from 5-8pm. Meanwhile, talk about more classes and events are enthusiastic and encouraging. And….two of the four of us are also crocheters
Discussions are underway for the planning of a grand GRAND OPENING later this summer. The month of July will be a nice time to do some transitioning and executive and creative planning. We will look ahead to the busy knitting/crocheting season and work on getting our calendar up to date and consistent.
We will try to stock up our knitted goods section of the store….items that are pre-knit and tagged for sale, and we plan on updating samples in the store more regularly, inspiring you all creatively with new ideas and to showcase the store’s yarn inventory.
We are revamping some policies…special ordering, returns, sample knitting, teaching and consignment contracts, even layaway potentially.
We are hoping to incorporate a small area that will be accessible to you all to browse Ravelry for patterns on your own if you wish.
And lastly….for now….we are hoping to be able to get a small order of something new (yarn) on a more regular basis. Just a small sample to wet your whistle, see if it’s worth keeping around.
Please come to us with any of those great ideas you have…we will jot it down in our ‘Big Book of Good Ideas” and give them careful and serious consideration, and of course any feedback you have on how you feel we are handling things is always appreciated, positive or constructive.
Please pop in and say “hi” when you get the chance…meet the new women, introduce yourself, sit and knit…
Thanks for reading and thanks to all of your patience, and kindness, and support. You’re the best!
If you do not follow Happyknits on Facebook, you may have missed the announcement that THE STORE IS STAYING OPEN!! Not only is it staying OPEN, but it will be so much better than before, with more consistent Store Hours, and better stocked inventory, more classes and events, and fresh inspiration for your creative needs.
The store will be run as a partnership, in which I will stay involved, along with some other fantastic ladies (to be revealed at a later date). I am super excited about where things are going with the business and I am sure you all will be as well.
Meanwhile, and hopefully for not too much longer, please be patient with things until we get all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. We are aiming to be operating together by July, but paperwork and legal stuff seems to have it’s own mind. Stay tuned for more information on a Grand Re-opening in the late Summer/early Fall.
I have to tell you that I couldn’t have imagined a situation that would have seemed more ideal. I am grateful, and inspired, excited, and relieved. This has been a roller coaster of emotions for some time and I have to believe that it was faith and trust and support by all of you that has made this happen. The positivity that you all have smothered me with has been overwhelming and moving. Thank you again and again for being the best kind of people on the planet.
Thank you for reading my last blog titled “as my world turns”. I meant every word…and more
And now…with that being said…I would like to let you know that I have decided to move on. I have loved and am grateful for the time I have spent in this space, in this chapter of life. I am fortunate to have had the chance to give it a go, and as I mentioned, I have received more from the experience than money could ever measure. I can’t say one thing that wasn’t positive, in hindsight, about having a little local yarn business in this commu(k)nity. My reason for moving on is not because I don’t love it, or that I don’t believe it could be financially beneficial given the time and proper management. My reason is that since the beginning, my struggles have been in balancing this life and the other life that I love, my kids and husband and home. I was a stay home Mom for 10 years and am fortunate to have a very supportive husband. I, gratefully, have a choice. When I weigh my options, ultimately it comes down to time. I can not give this business the time I feel I need to make it as great as I imagine it can be, and also feel like I am spending the amount of time with my family to feel good about that. In the end, raising my kids the way I want to is time sensitive. The way I figure it, I am not willing to give up any more time than I have to while they are young, and since I have a choice…
So here I am…offering you all an opportunity. It’s called a “turn key business opportunity”. I am hoping ultimately what will happen is one of you will want to come in and take over. I want to live in a commu(k)nity where a yarn store also lives. For the next few weeks I am opening communication to anyone who would like to come in here, buy the contents of the store, slap up a new sign with a new name, and continue where I leave off in a new refreshed, more successful, way. I would like to work together with you, voluntarily, for a while, to help get things going in your way with whatever help or suggestions I can give.
I have decided to keep the Happyknits name….take it with me….and maybe keep a little business going. I am looking forward to blogging more, so if you don’t mind listening to me gab every once in a while, please stay subscribed. I intend on taking Happyknits in a little bit of a different direction….Happyknits Retreats. I am dreaming of organizing more social get togethers surrounding knitting, crocheting, and potentially spinning and other fiber arts. I am hoping that if someone does take over the retail piece, they might be interested in working together somehow on that, helping each other out…
Since I have talked to my landlord about it, and I have dragged my feet a little, (for lack of finding the right words and out of fear of change) I need to move things along. I am putting the word out here, to you first, and then I will start advertising in places like Craigslist, Yarn Market News, and other websites. I have given myself a short time span of about 4 weeks to make the turn key business thing happen before I decide to just start shutting down and moving inventory out. Please, if this is something you are interested in running with, e-mail me, or stop in on one of my business days: Wednesdays 11:30-7:30, Fridays 9:30-5:30, or Saturdays 9:30-3:30. I am happy to make arrangements to meet you with you on any other days/times by appointment.
This is something I have spent the last year thinking about….over thinking it really. It’s sad, and I have shed plenty of tears, but am excited and hopeful that good things will come….that things will work out the way they are meant to. Please message me with any questions, I will give you all and any information you would like. Thank you so much for reading…
Have I mentioned how grateful I am for all of you? I don’t think I could ever fully express the warm fuzzies I feel when I think about the last 3 years, having been surrounded by the best community of people that I can imagine. In a few weeks I will acknowledge and (silently) celebrate 3 years of Happyknits. The amount of growth I have experienced is indescribable….but I will try anyway. I am a newer, updated version of myself. I am confident in ways that I am not sure I would have ever realized I lacked. I am knowledgeable about things I can’t believe I never knew. I have friendships that exist that break my heart to think they might never have developed. I have a faith that is stronger everyday, because it has gotten me through the day before….beautifully. I am creative, and free, and have a new perspective on life. I feel like every interaction I have had with you has been a lesson. I hear you, I see you, I feel you. You have touched me and helped me grow.
Today, I am just saying “Thank you”…
How are you all? I am well but really trying hard not to be a total grump about the winter weather. I know complaining doesn’t do any good, but man….it’s wearing me down! I’m okay….don’t worry but I will be dancing a jig all over town when this snow and cold is gone…just sayin
I considered not cutting my hours back this year to 3 days a week like I did last year….but I gotta be honest…it makes me happy!! I need to get outside as soon as the weather allows me to and move my body more with my husband and kids. If I don’t….the truth is….things might start spontaneously combusting around me. Ha!
image from http://yarnexplosion.com/
That being said….my last Tuesday will be April 1st. Beginning the following week, April 6 (sunday), my hours will change to WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY. PLEASE, make a note of it. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays have always been constant….the hours won’t change and Wednesday evening’s Knit Night, as well as Friday morning’s Sit and Knit will continue as usual, and Saturdays are always great. But that’s it!:)
WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY…SAY IT WITH ME
I hope Spring hits us as hard as Winter did, and Summer is as persistent and hangs around as long as it likes. I look forward to cool breezes on warm sunny afternoons, bike riding, hiking, and swimming, music festivals, grilling and frosty mugs full of cold beer I wish all the peace and love and happyknits to all of you as well. Thanks for being the best community of people a yarn store lady could ever wish for!!!!!!
Oh I am so happy to start a new year!! I hope you all had a great year and are looking forward to 2014 as well. I love a New Year….it’s so fresh and new and mysterious and exciting….like anything can happen….the possibilities are endless hahaha!
My brain works in overtime as usual but I am learning to accept that it is what it is. I am an overthinker and can tend to worry, so the one resolution I made is not to worry about being an overthinker I am who I am and I am so I’ll just be the best me I know how to be and be HAPPY with it. We are all a little weird, and a little crazy, and by weird and crazy, I mean amazing and fantastic!! We all have our unique styles and the best part is nobody understands it!! It’s what keeps us interested, right?? Haha…..this is what a crazy person says so that they can justify being crazy! hahaha! I am embracing my craziness
I’m going on Vacation…! I am going someplace warm, with sand, and sun, and music, and rainforests, and monkeys! I have filled out my Calendar on this website for you since I will be closed a little bit next week. Sherri is going to open the store Wednesday and Saturday while I’m gone. Love that Sherri I am also contemplating more changes to the schedule…you know….overthinking it
Meanwhile, if you click on the Calendar tab at the top of this homepage you will find the store hours for the next couple weeks. Thanks.
ALSO, when I return and get back to reality, I will be having a BIG SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The month of February, or FABruary as I like to call (and maybe even March);) will be loaded with fabulous money saving offers. I will blog further in a couple weeks, but I promise you, you will want to pay attention to my Facebook page and any e-mails from email@example.com
Have a great January Everyone! Keep warm….knit a lot. Knit some socks and some mitts, a blanket, a shawlette, and a nice hat. Come to KNIT NIGHT when you can or just come hang out with me during store hours and knit or crochet with me. I’m not only an overthinker….I over talk too!! (Oops did I just scare you away?) hahaha! I just like to visit with you all and embrace your craziness too
Hi Everybody!! The Holiday Stroll is happening in Skowhegan this weekend and as usual I am a slacker and did not get on the schedule with any events happening here at Happyknits :/ …it’s how I roll.
Anyway….better late than never I say, (I have to say that because I am always late:)). So I am thinking about having FN (Friday Night, that is) Knit Night with warm drinks….coffee, hot cocoa, or whatever else you can think of that might warm the belly and ummmmmm….Candy Canes! haha! oh, come on, you know you’re coming now! And FREE Christmas Patterns! I have lots of Free printed patterns that you can shuffle through and snag for your Christmas pattern collection. You DO have a Christmas pattern collection don’t you??
The Parade is Friday night also and it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away….but you can just walk down if you want I am thinking I might “stroll” down
Saturday, the store is open from 9:30-3:30pm and I am thinking of shutting down all the wild and crazy yarnbombers for one Saturday and having a non-knitting activity for a change.
I was given this idea by a customer this morning and I loved it so I’m going with it. I was thinking about doing this cute little project:
Stop in around or after 1pm if you are interested…totally FREE and only while supplies last, or until 3:30pm. While you are here, and anytime on Saturday, enjoy 20% off any Luxury Yarns: any yarn that consists mostly of Alpaca, Angora, Mohair, Llama. I will have labels beside what qualifies, in my mind, as a Luxury Fiber. I will also have a display of Stocking Stuffer ideas to help if you’re not a knitter but would like to give a knitter a gift.
I will be closed on Sunday so that I can do some Holiday Strolling of my own with my family. Enjoy your weekend Everybody!!
Look at this BIG deal for Black/Plaid Friday AND Small Business Saturday in this tiny new sized Gift Certificate from your Local Yarn Store!!! O.M.G.!
Yup, that’s right….the Gift Certificate Special is on again this weekend for both days! If you haven’t heard about this special or need a reminder of how it plays out, here goes: Purchase $125 worth of Gift Certificates for only $100! You can put all the value on one GC or divide it up and gift it to several people if you want. You can divide it in anyway you wish. You can use it any time and for anything in the store (Just a reminder though….it can not be used to double up on other already reduced items….like clearance or in combination with other sales or specials…it just doesn’t work out on my end very well :/)
Also, if you would like a deal but maybe aren’t in the position to spend quite that much this weekend, I have a special idea for you as well. If you spend $30, you may pick one FREE skein from the clearance bins on the table just outside the door. I will be adding a few things to it this week so you may be lucky and find something you love that you can keep for yourself! Skeins of yarn are also great stocking stuffers. Maybe couple it with a set of needles for a beginner knitter or with a gift certificate for a free private lesson!!
There’s more! On Small Business Saturday, if you come in and show a receipt from another small locally owned and run business in Skowhegan, I will give you 10% of your entire purchase (again, remember I can’t double up on specials ) OR if you have a smart phone and have FACEBOOK, and you “Check-in” at Happyknits and show me that you have done so, I will give you 5% off your entire purchase. If you do both of those things (the receipt and the check-in), I WILL double that offer so you can receive 15% off your entire purchase.
There will be a new YOTM, yarn of the month, which of course is always 25% off it’s original price. That’s a surprise, you’ll have to come in to see what I have chosen! (and, I don’t know yet what it will be )
As always, I hope most of all you just enjoy your holiday and be safe and happy and healthy and eat lots of yummy home made food and get real jolly and stuff Peace…
- making the world more colorful
Beginning this Saturday afternoon…from about NOON-3pm….participate in a free knitting/crochet group called “The Incogknitos”. Bring scraps of yarn, old acrylic that you wouldn’t be caught dead knitting with now that you’re a “yarn snob”, maybe stuff you’re old Aunt Ezmeralda left you in the will, yard sale finds that you couldn’t turn down because it was only a quarter, or maybe just stuff you don’t know what else to do with. Don’t show up with a sweater project, or a Christmas gift you need to finish, or a charity project! Be spontaneous, and creative, and mindful in the moment. Try out new stitches or color combinations or even try crochet or knit if you do the other. Just come play. We can meet and be wacky, and then figure out where to go from there. I need a posse…..come be my part of something random and silly, and see how it becomes real, and meaningful. If I want anything to become something….it’s this!!! Just show up and don’t worry about commitment….don’t plan on it, just let it happen…sometimes the best things in life just fall in place. And….we can get bombed if you want!! Bring wine!! Bring your best friend….or someone you want to be better friends with….or someone you don’t like at all but feel bad because they need something cool in their life See you then! (Don’t make me beg :/)