It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at the yarn shop, and not just because it’s spring. Yes, indeed, it is Yarn Rep Season at Over The Rainbow Yarn, and we’re having a great time.
Twice a year, representatives from our favorite yarn companies come to visit us. They bring enormous rolling suitcases and duffle bags, large enough that I could comfortably fit inside — except that the cases and bags are full to the brim with yarns, patterns, and color cards. Sometimes, they’re even full of buttons. These patient reps sit down with us for hours. They show us yarn after yarn, encouraging us to pet all of the delicious fiber, tempting us with beautiful patterns. Sometimes these meetings last all day. Sometimes we stumble out at the end of a meeting with glazed eyes, victims of “yarn overload”. (Luckily, this is a very temporary condition.)
Our reps really know what they’re doing, and they always bring wonderful things to show us. The big challenge is to be selective, and not get carried away. We start out with a big pile of things we want, and then have to whittle it down. Once we decide on a yarn, we still have to select the colors. So many colors!
If we had unlimited shelf space and a Scrooge McDuck style swimming pool of money, we wouldn’t have to choose. We could buy everything that caught our fancy, and then a few more things just for good measure.
But for better or worse, our space is finite and we aren’t doing the backstroke in piles of gold (and Ryan Gosling has yet to hand me his credit card), so we only buy the things we’re really, really excited about. No spoilers, but… I think you’re going to like the things we’ve chosen so far! Stay tuned for new product announcements in the newsletter over the next few months.