Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What's Important?

As Heather and I are building our business plan and budgeting out the store, we would really like to know what you want to see in a yarn store? Is it more important to have the absolutely best and widest selection of yarn and bare bones on everything else (ie very little seating) or the overall ambiance of the store an important shopping experience? As knitters, would you rather see only a handful of yarn lines in every conceivable color with plenty of on hand stock or would you like many types of yarn with more limited color selections and less on hand of each yarn?

These are really important questions that could help us shape our business to best meet the needs of the customer. I know Heather and I have answered these questions for ourselves, but we would like to hear what the rest of the world thinks. Please leave a comment or email us at TheTwoBlackSheep@gmail.com .

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Some of my favorite Yarns

I think I will start things off by listing some of my favorite yarns. Then I am hoping that visitors will feel free to list some of their own favorites. It will be good to get a general idea of what people in the area are looking for in terms of yarn products.

Socks that Rock are top of my list. I simply fawn over this yarn. The lightweight is perfect for socks. Not too thick, not to thin, and it has a good spring to it. The colors speak for themselves, as they are nothing short of breathtaking. Unfortunately I do not think we will be able to carry this yarn in the store. At the moment there is a waiting list of over 400 stores wishing to stock, but the ladies that make it can't produce enough!

Currently I am working with Cascade 220 and LOVE it. I think it is a good practical wool for many projects. It is great for felting and soft enough for sweater making. Also, the color choice is huge! I definitely see myself turning to this yarn again and again.

I have recently become a fan of Debbie Bliss yarns. I have used both the wool/cotton and the cotton/cashmere varieties, and both are wonderful. I always like the color choices, and I think the variety of materials and the interesting combinations are what really makes it special. The price is a little high, but sometimes it is nice to indulge yourself.

So what are YOUR favorite yarns and why? We would love to hear from you!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Meet Becky

Hello, I am the other half of The Two Black Sheep.

I am originally from the Berks county area, attended Elizabethtown College, and now live in Lancaster county and work as a CPA in the area.

I started knitting a about 2 years ago, because I wanted to make my little dogs sweaters to wear! My interest in knitting has really grown since then. I love working on a lot of different types of projects but I almost always knit with wool. Until recently, the only thing I said I wouldn't knit was socks; but this weekend (after some cajoling from Heather and seeing some Socks that Rock sock yarn in person) I cast on for my first pair of socks using the now famous Jaywalker pattern by Grumperina.

The reason I decided to join Heather to open a local yarn store in the Lancaster area is to fulfill my dream of one day working for myself and running a successful business and also to fill a need for a open, friendly yarn store where knitters can shop, talk, and knit in a comfortable environment. I am excited to offer a variety of reasonably priced yarn and notions. I am also looking forward to offering classes and demonstrations.

It is an exciting time right now while we start to gather our business plans and information about what knitters want. Please leave comments with suggestions or questions! Thanks for your support!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Meet Heather

Hi, I thought I would start things off by telling you a bit about myself.

I am currently working as a software engineer for a DoD contractor. It's pretty boring work, allot of sitting, allot of staring at the computer, and not allot of time to knit. That being said, I am always wanting to knit.

I started knitting about 5 years ago during college. At first all I completed were scarves which were all gifted. Slowly I explored some lace and bigger projects. I learned from a book, so I don't have any warm stories about the learning experience. One advantage of book learning is I think it has become easier for me to interpret diagrams, charts etc. because that is what I started with.

Currently I am working on several projects at a time. The big winter project is a huge cabled blanket for my husband, this I expect to take forever to complete...maybe it will be finished in time for next winter! I am also working on a pair of Jaywalker socks...doing them toe up on two circular needles. It's going OK, but I did have to rip parts of it out again and again. For Christmas I have decided to knit lots of dishcloths for everyone in the family along with mobius baskets or bowls to put them in. My husband thinks I am insane, and I believe he may be right!

Starting this store has been my dream for the last 2 years or so. As a knitter I am greatly obsessed with yarn and all things having to do with knitting. I realized that Lancaster has a real need for a friendly local yarn store -- one where people feel comfortable to come in, sit, knit, shop, and learn. Many local knitters travel to other towns in order to receive good service and helpful classes, and so I would like to be able to provide these things closer to home.

I met Becky at the local Stitch and Bitch, and realized that she too shared the dream of owning a yarn store. Together we are embarking on this incredible journey to bring you a fun and friendly shopping experience.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Welcome to the new Blog!

Welcome! Please join us as we embark on the journey of starting our very own yarn store! We welcome your feedback, ideas, questions and comments. Feel free to express your interest and take part in the birth of a new yarn store for the Lancaster area.