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Behind the Scenes

Last week we had a bi-annual meeting to preview the next season.

While you are just starting to get into the swing of your fall and winter knitting and crocheting, we were looking at yarns and patterns for Spring 2014!

The room starts out in good shape.

The room starts out in good shape…

For these meetings we bring all our representatives from across the country in from the field, then lock them in a room and make them learn about the new products.

Ok, I’m exaggerating. We let them out for bathroom breaks. But otherwise it’s a pretty intense week. Fortunately, there is a basket of chocolates on the table to give us all energy.

I can’t really show you many pictures, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but I’ll try to give you a little taste of what the week was like.

And quickly degenerates into a mess.

And quickly degenerates into a mess.

These meetings are important because they allow our field reps to become familiar with the new colors of existing yarns, brand new yarns, and new patterns. They refresh their color cards to reflect changes to the various yarn lines and get new sample balls that they can show yarn store owners.

Did you ever wonder how the owner of your local yarn store finds all those great yarns gracing the shelves?

The reps have to update their color cards and pattern packets.

The reps have to update their color cards and pattern packets.

There are two main ways. First, there is an industry trade show twice a year where store owners can meet with many yarn companies, like Knitting Fever, all at once. It can be a bit overwhelming (but fun) because it’s hard to see everything in just a few days. However, many owners don’t get to attend because they would have to close their store while they are away. The travel costs can add up, too.

The second, and easier, way for store owners to review yarns is by meeting with traveling representatives. If you ever see your store owner huddled in a corner with someone with a lot of suitcases, it’s probably a yarn company rep.

Meeting with a traveling rep gives the store owner a chance to flip through the color cards, squeeze a few sample yarn balls, and even check out some sample garments. All in the comfort of their own store.

These tassels are hand-tied

These tassels are hand-tied

See all the Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply colors here.

Have you ever needed the perfect color for a project, but your store doesn’t have it in stock? You might have gone through the color card for the yarn you wanted before the store wrote a special order for you.

Those color cards are hard to come by because they are rare beasts. Those little yarn tassels are all hand-tied! In some cases the manufacturer sends us color cards that are already made up. In other cases, members of our office staff have to take time to cut strands from yarn balls and tie the tassels.

Yarn confetti!

Yarn confetti!

As the reps review the new yarns they trim the color cards so all the tassels are the same length and none of the information on the card is blocked.

There were a lot of yarn bits all over the floor at the end of the day! The cleaning crew didn’t bother trying to straighten up the conference room until the first wave of reps left on Wednesday afternoon. Obviously, the cleaning crew has worked around these meetings before!

A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno, Peru, to educate the children of the shepherds.

Mirasol Hasa. A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno, Peru, to educate the children of the shepherds.

See all the Mirasol Hasa colors here.

But it wasn’t hard work the whole week. There were team dinners in the evening and breakfast in the hotel restaurant in the mornings. There might have even been a few rubber band fights when the boss wasn’t looking, but you didn’t hear that from me!

And it was a chance to see what people had been knitting (or crocheting).

Cherry's Inspira Cowl using Louisa Harding Amitola yarn.

Cherry’s Inspira Cowl using Louisa Harding Amitola yarn.

Cherry knit this great version of the Inpira Cowl using Louisa Harding Amitola yarn in colors #101 and #105. As soon as we had a break I ran to a computer and added it to my Ravelry queue.

Karen's cowl using Ella Rae Lace Merino and KFI Luxury Merino Flounce.

Karen’s cowl using Ella Rae Lace Merino and KFI Luxury Merino Flounce.

Karen knit this great Col0r-Play Capelet using Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky for the main yarn and KFI Luxury Collection Merino Flounce for the contrasting yarn.

Paul's Sharp & Stranded hat using Hayfield DK With Wool.

Paul’s Sharp & Stranded hat using Hayfield DK With Wool.

Paul knit this wonderful version of the Sharp & Stranded hat using two colors of Hayfield Double Knitting With Wool yarn. It looks great on, but he was feeling camera shy last week. Hayfield DK with Wool is machine washable, making it a great choice for easy-care garments.

It was exciting to see the remote team members and have a peek at the new spring yarns. I had trouble falling to sleep some nights because my brain was whirling with all the possible projects!

But I’ve shared all I can for now. Until it’s time to tell you more, let’s get back to enjoying autumn!


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One thought on “Behind the Scenes

  1. Cindy Vogel says:

    The new spring yarns are fresh and delightful. Full of wearable fabric and design. I’m very excited to get out and start showing them to all my wonderful and artistically talented boutique owners.

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