Well, that didn’t last long

My focus is, to put it mildly, not so good. I believe it was Wednesday when I said I’d do my best to keep to just the shawl and the sock. Remember? Well.

Last night between work and Knit Night (when I really should have been hunting down something yummy to contribute), I went instead to a new to me yarn store. I really wasn’t looking for anything. I’d just never been to this one, and felt I should try it out. What a frustrating store! None of the yarn had price tags…I eventually stumbled across a price list, organized by the name of the yarn (Malabrigo Lace was under “Lace”) rather than brand, and some weren’t listed at all. Of course, this small inconvenience didn’t stop me from making a purchase. Observe…

malabrigo Lace in Butter

I bought two hanks, and then asked the clerk if she could wind them for me or, if she was too busy, if she’d let me use her winder to do it myself. That’s when it happened…I’ll not be returning to this store. 

Her response to my request was: “I have a swift you can use, but I don’t have a winder. You’ll have to wind it by hand.”

Huh? What kind of yarn store doesn’t have a winder? I’d just bought 940 yards of yarn, and was going to have to wind it by HAND? 

I know, this is kind of a wimpy response. Surely this is how people of yore wound their yarn. But 940 yards? I don’t mind winding some DK or worsted weight yarn by hand. Heck, I’ve even done my RSC yarn by hand. But that’s because I either forgot to have it done at the store or (in the case of the RSC yarn) it was mailed to me and I didn’t feel comfortable asking to use a winder at a store where I hadn’t purchase the yarn. 

After I’d wound one hank and was getting ready to leave, I asked her the question I’d been pondering for the half hour it took me to wind up all that yarn into a non-center pull ball (I lost control of my center pretty early in the process). “Why do you not have a winder? Did yours break?”

Her response:

“I am usually here alone, and can’t help customers if I’m always winding yarn.” OK, this is understandable, if not well thought out. Couldn’t she just have the winder available so if a customer needed some yarn wound they could do it themselves? I’ve used winders at other stores, where there was a single person working who was too busy to do it for me, and it wasn’t rocket science. You put the yarn on the swift, thread the end through the little loops, attach it to the slit of the winder, then turn the handle until there’s no yarn left on the swift. (At some point during our conversation, I even offered, if she had any in stock, to purchase a winder from her and donate it to all of her future customers) Then she gave me a withering look (maybe it wasn’t exactly “withering”…this misinterpretation could very well have been caused by my aching arms and the fact that her store was getting a trifle warm. I wasn’t exactly in my normal wool induced good mood), and said, “There’s nothing wrong with winding a ball of yarn by hand.”

I’m guessing she doesn’t use a lot of lace weight.


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