Now that we’ve lived in our space for just over a year (yes, we can’t quite believe it, either), we thought it was time to take a step back and take stock of how the physical plant of the shop was working. Because this is us (and yes, we did hold knitting and sewing focus groups before we even signed a lease) and because this is a second–and for some third, if not fourth–career for all of us, we brought a little bit of our previous work experience to the process of thinking about how we might improve the organization and flow of the shop. For those of you that know us, we’ve always aspired to occupy a clean, well-lighted place in the world of yarn + fabric shops. We want our shop to be well-organized, well-signed, and well-laid out. So with that in mind, we called our JP Knit & Stitchers together for an evening of brainstorming and refreshments. Yes, this means white boards and giant stickies and group leaders. Like I said (not naming any names) but there are those among us that bring a world of best practices in running productive groups to the table.
Which is all to say: Reader, we’ve reorganized! Now, when you walk in the shop, the yarns are ALL organized by weight and all live on the right hand wall as you walk in. This has freed up the fabrics to expand into the formerly baby yarn section and for us to have a dedicated notions wall (which we are planning on filling up with lots of lovely, fun notions…a sort of crafting apothocarthy–thanks to Jeanne for the inspiration). This section now holds our apparel fabrics such as linen, jersey cotton, and voile. Sewing patterns have been moved to a shelf on the fabric area the better to provide more direct inspiration. The supplies wall is now less cluttered and has room for us to expand that inventory. We are working on developing our library, the former “green” wall, and where we are hoping to also house all of our knitting patterns so that all the paper/book materials live in one place (i.e. next to the living room so you can sit in a comfy chair while you browse books and patterns). The re-org is ongoing and will eventually include more signage throughout the shop, a more permanent cutting table in the sewing area, and various other improvements to the look and feel of the shop over the course of the summer.
For now, though, come on in and browse our beautifully re-ordered shelves (we got to fluff up and align every single skein of yarn–so pretty and, as Eloise says, so satisfying!). There is color therapy to be had in each of the mini color spectrums we’ve laid out.
Oh, and last but not least, please let us know what you think. As always either in person, shoot us an email, or you can comment right here on this post (just click on the post title and the comment functionality will load).
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