Posted in Family & Friends, ImagiKnit

MY CASH REGISTER SYSTEM

What brilliant soul thought high technology would make our lives easier, more manageable, and less stressful? What foul forward thinker said computers are the way of the future? And what right-brained techno-geek believed we needed computerized “CASH REGISTER SYSTEMS” instead of the tried-and-true push-button, handle-grabbing, bell-ringing registers of old? I want to find him and string him up by his ‘mouse.’ (And believe you me, it’s a HIM!)

Things are going swimmingly at ye ol’ yarn shop. I’m having a great time. I’m there before 9:00 every morning (well, mostly) until the early-evening hours. We’re in full swing by 10:00 a.m. I get excited when I see Santa the UPS guy bringing boxes of goodies. I love seeing my mailman put envelopes in my box like I’m a real store. I happily and cheerfully greet all who come in. This part of it is all good.

The thing I’m waiting to conquer — the thing I’m hoping to get past — is the sinking feeling every time someone walks up to my CASH REGISTER SYSTEM to make a purchase. I know; I know. This should be a great feeling; right? I should be thinking, “Yippee! Someone liked what I picked out enough to give me money for it!” That’s what I should be thinking.

Instead I’m inwardly groaning and praying, “Oh, God, please let the “CASH REGISTER SYSTEM” work this time! Please let the scanner read the bar code! Please let it be a bar code I did right!” (Another story for another day.) “Please, no ERROR message! Don’t let me appear the incompetent fool I feel right now!” — all the while smiling and making small talk like I’ve been doing this all my life and of course I know how to check them out. (Do they have an Oscar category for Inept Shop Owners Pretending To Be Knowledgeable Shop Owners? They should.)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Knitters are the best. In two weeks’ time I’ve managed to give incorrect change, give no change at all, give the wrong receipt for credit cards (they have the signed copy), give no receipt at all, even sworn at the “CASH REGISTER SYSTEM” in what I thought was under my breath. Through it all my knitters have been patient, understanding, even kind in their responses to my ongoing frustration with that which would make my life easier.

Posted in ImagiKnit, Knitting

NOTE TO SELF…

I did it. WE did it. WE OPENED OUR DOORS AT IMAGIKNIT! Oh, I can chuckle now. Now it’s 5:00 o’clock and my shoes are off and my feet are tingling from standing on them all day. But at 5:30 this morning, chuckling was the last sound you would have heard from me.

Two nights ago, my dad was taken to the ER and admitted to ICU for what turned out to be a heart attack. Since he’d had a stroke a year and a half ago, this was serious. The doc didn’t hold out much hope for him. While my 10 siblings gathered with mom at the hospital, I had to make the decision whether to open as scheduled or post a notice on the door and join the others.

At 6:45 Saturday morning, I headed up to see how dad was doing. I was surprised and relieved to see him sitting up in bed watching the news waiting for his breakfast. The nurse called him their miracle patient! Dad and I chatted about the shop, and he encouraged me to go for it. And so I did.

I quickly ran through WalMart for some last-minute items, then I headed for opening day. (Not the grand opening day, mind you. That’s next Saturday, the 17th.) My wonderful and priceless knitting friends came early to help me get ready.  10:00 o’clock came, and the first customer arrived.

[Note to self: Whenever opening a new shop, make sure the cash register works, receipts print, and cash drawer opens.]

How fun! How exciting! How stressful!

[Note to self: Whenever opening a new shop, make sure to have cash for change in the till.]

Thank goodness knitters are what they are. It’s what makes them knitters. They’re generous. They’re understanding. They’re helpful. They seem to have a good sense of humor.

The really beautiful thing about starting out the way I did this morning is, honestly, things could only improve. And they did. While I did have a few other glitches (credit cards wouldn’t work, checks would prove a bit of a challenge), mostly it was just fun. It was fun to listen to the “oooh’s” and “ahhh’s” when people saw what we carried. It was fun to see women in the social area sitting and knitting and spinning. It was fun to help people pick yarns and find what they wanted. And yes, it was even fun realizing my mistakes, big and small, and having everyone laughing at with me!

So tomorrow being Sunday, we’re closed. Thank goodness! I have to go see my dad, I have to visit with my wonderful sibs (thanks, guys, for stopping by the shop so I didn’t feel so left out!), and I have to go get ready for the week ahead, including — egad! — a GRAND opening!

[Note to self:  I think we’re in for a wonderful ride!]

Posted in ImagiKnit, Just for fun

HEY! I THINK I’M GETTING CLOSE!

Looky!  Looky!  Here’s some before and after photos of the same day — TODAY!

3-7-07 a.m.

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‘Course, it’s a little confusing, but that’s the same room.  The second photo is looking from that front door you see in the first picture.    See that white post on the left, here, with that little bit of slatwall?  That’s the one you see in the first picture, too. 

I can’t get over how much yarn I still have to put up, plus all my notions and patterns and fun stuff, galore!  It’s just a start, but at least I’m moving forward!

Posted in ImagiKnit, Just for fun, Knitting

ANY IDEAS FOR AN 11-foot WINDOW DISPLAY?

I’d love some ideas for my 11-foot front window display at my new store, ImagiKnit. Any and all suggestions would be most welcome! I’m a little brain-fried trying to get this up and running, but it looks like it could happen THIS WEEK!!! I can hardly believe it. With so many delays and set-backs in dealing with our local building department and state codes (at least their interpretation of them), I didn’t think it would ever happen. And I hate counting my skeins before they’re spun — I mean, do I actually have a permanent occupancy permit? *shudder* I won’t even go there.

So waddya think about this idea (for starters) for a window display?

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Ya like those needles? Aren’t they a HOOT?!? Would you love to see your ideas come to life? Send me your thoughts. If I use any part of them, I’ll take a pic of the window display and post it!

C’mon! Help!

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IMAGIKNIT of GAYLORD!

left1b.jpgWell, I’m very close to opening my shop now. After some major, major delays with the remodeling of my first location, I’m moving before I ever open the doors. Too much frustration and time lost for me to wait any longer for our county building department to use the common sense God gave them and quit searching for reasons to find code violation after code violation. One would think I was opening a hospital wing for all the attention to unnecessary detail this place was getting. I mean, really, does an 800-square foot retail space really require TWO bathrooms and a drinking fountain?? I mean… c’mon!

So I’m signing a lease on another location half a mile from the original spot, and I will hope and pray that I can get in there before March 1. Thankfully we have long winters here in northern Michigan, so while I’ve lost half the season, I haven’t lost it all.

I’ll be sure to post pictures when we finally get in there. But in the meantime, I’ve built my website and would love you to stop by and VISIT ME HERE AND SAY HI!