October 25, 2006
Well first of all, you guys are all so wonderful! Your comments on my Customer Service blog just couldn’t be nicer and they just made my day! I appreciate you all so much. We base our customer service on
how picky I am how much I appreciate good customer service from others (like that Starbucks story). If I were shopping somewhere, I’d like the kinds of things that we do at The Loopy Ewe. And as for the fast shipping? Don’t you feel like once you’ve made a decision to buy something and you’ve gone ahead and ordered it, you want it …. yesterday? Me, too. That’s why we do fast shipping. (Well, it’s either that, or the fact that I’m just afraid if I don’t get this yarn out of here it’s going to end up in my own stash. I like all of our yarns a bit too much.) So we’ll keep it up on our end, and please let us know if you ever have suggestions, comments or ideas on how to improve things around here. We want to keep you as customers forever! (For those of you who have written customer testimonials for our webpage, I have all the recent ones in a folder, waiting to be put up with our next update. They’re coming! You all are truly just the best. The BEST!)
The topic of today’s top ten list came from hearing people talk about how they really need to decorate with their yarns, as they have so many in their stash. (Specifically, L-B and Michelle – thank you for getting me thinking along these lines and for sharing some of these ideas.) Boy, can I relate. Something must be done about my yarn, and it’s all just so beautiful that displaying it somehow seems smart. Here are some ideas. Please share your ideas in the comments section, because I know this is just the tip of the iceberg…….
1. Big glass jars. Depending on how large the jars are, you can throw skeins, balls, or leftover snippets of yarn in there. Wouldn’t it be cool to change the colors with the season? Heaven knows, I’d have enough yarn colors to do that. Cool glass jars here and here.
3. Pegboards. If you have long, lovely hanks, then hanging them on their own pegs would make you feel like you were in a yarn store. (A yarn store in your own house. How inspiring would that be?) Here are directions to make your own.
4. Or hooks. My favorite hooks come from places like Restoration Hardware. Old-fashioned looking hooks with character. In fact, I’m liking this idea so much that I might need to go buy some long colorful hanks just for the hooks that I haven’t bought yet. (Oh, I really should not have just wandered over to Restoration Hardware’s website to look at hooks. Jeez.)
5. Tree stands/coat racks. This would make a nice combo – you could use some hooks for the long stands, and you could hang baskets of yarn balls off of some of the others. Nice in a corner somewhere. (Did you know that when you Google Tree Stands they think you’re talking about hunting? I guess you can call them Hall Stands or Coat Trees or Coat Racks, but not Tree stands. Ok. Coat racks.)
6. Cubbies. I love these wire cubbies because you can put them together in any way that works best for your space. And you can fit a lot in each cubbies. Again, it would make you feel like you were in a yarn store. Or a yarn corner. Here are cubbies that you can use those 20% off coupons for that we get every single week in the mail.
7. Magazine holders on your bookshelves. Don’t you need yarn mixed in with all of your yarn books? I like it. When you mix two different things like that, it goes from being books on a shelf to being a “display”. I like the clear magazine holders that show off all the yarn. (Apparently I have purchased all of the clear magazine files like this for the Loopy Room, because I can’t find them anywhere online. I got mine at Office Depot. If you find them, put it in the comments section so we all know where to find them because I need more!)
8. Baskets. I have more baskets than I know what to do with. Those “what were you thinking??” expensive ones. (They’re better quality. They really are. I keep telling my husband that.) A basket of yarn can tuck in anywhere. I also think World Market and Pier One have nice baskets.
9. Basket stands. I really like these basket stands from Lantern Moon. If they weren’t such a pain to ship, I’d be stocking them at The Loopy Ewe! Tucked into a corner with bright yarns overflowing? I’d want to knit all the time. (Wait – I already want to knit all the time.)
10. The freezer. If you have recently had a Freezer Intervention like I had, then you have lots of room in there for showing off your yarns. (And someone did tell me that it helps calm down mohair.) You just have to make sure you send dinner guests to get their own ice cubes so that they can appreciate your freezer decorating. My freezer? Full again. No room for yarn. I guess I will have to go shopping for all of this other stuff.
You know the best place to buy any of this is garage sales and flea markets. That leaves more money to spend on the yarn to fill them all up.