Advice for the Yarn Industry

Filed in Industry Insight by on May 24, 2016 9 Comments

(Back again with another giveaway post is our assistant, Jess!)

As you know, here at this blog we’ve always believed that there’s never just one way to do something. As part of that philosophy, we value the opinions of our readers and have really enjoyed it when you chime in to give voice to the issues we’ve discussed here on the blog.

advice for the knitting industry

Though we’re all moving on to other journeys, Gwen, Kellie, and Jess will still continue to be involved in various aspects of the yarn industry. Over the years our experts have had a lot to say about TNNA, the yarn industry trade show, and the industry in general:

For any industry, the ability to keep up with changes in the world around us and the receptivity to the opinions of the people are clear indicators of success. So help us make the knitting-related industry successful, and share your advice with us!

For today’s giveaway entry, please answer the following question in the comments:

What advice would you give to the knitting industry, including but not limited to:

  • yarn companies
  • designers
  • local yarn stores
  • teachers
  • event planners and coordinators

Make sure you include a way for us to contact you if you win! One entry per person per question, please! We’ll draw for winners at the end of the month.

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  1. Linda Hobbs says:

    To the yarn companies: find a way to standardize variegated yarns and put the information on the label. Some have a short repeat, some are very long, some have 3 colors randomly used, others have the same colors in the same order with the same lengths. It is very hard to plan a new garment with a variegated yarn and not know what comes when and for how long. Revelry has been a godsend for this problem, since I can look for that colorway and see what others have done with it. However, not all colorways are available. And, did I mention, I love variegated yarns!

  2. Lynne says:

    To the event planners: When describing a crotchet class please be sure to mention if the teacher is comfortable with a left handed person or not.

    To the stores: please don’t treat me like I am not there. At least acknowledge my presence when I walk in or come and check on me after a few minutes. Especially if everyone is in a huddle and I probably don’t know who is a worker or visitor. I will just walk out.

  3. Pat DeLeeuw says:

    I would like to see yarn companies publish more patterns for explicit yarns- especially free patterns. Knitters that are interested in a new yarn can see new ideas that the yarn could be used to knit up and give the yarn a try! Berroco seems to do a good job of this but other companies seem to be lost in the sauce when it comes to patterns- or stuck on only one type of pattern. This year shawls- last year cowls. A full range from infant to adult would be wonderful.
    Other than that, I am in lust with each new yarn and pattern I see- I will have to live to be 200 to make up half the patterns! I feel extremely lucky to live during the current revival of of the knitting art.

    Now If I Could Just a Learn To Crochet- and fulfill my husband’s request to fill the freezer with food- not yarn!

  4. Barbara Gambrell says:

    To designers – especially “free” pattern designers. Please have at least 2 people or more make your item before putting your pattern out there. One of my friends recently designed her first shawl and had at least 3 people make it (with 3 different weights & types of yarn) and received several suggestions on making the pattern better understood.

  5. Ellen says:

    I find it helpful to have an example of what a yarn can do when I am looking in a store. Showing how the yarn looks in a garment or scarf then helps me decide if I like it enough to purchase.

  6. Teri says:

    For stores: you don’t have to work together or even like each other but let customers figure out where they want to shop. Recently I did a yarn crawl in another state. Two things I noticed: employees and owners talk bad about other stores in their area. The second thing is greetings are lazy or non existent. Out of seven stores only one was welcoming. A bit crazy since we need customers. How hard is it to stop visiting and engage a customer for a few moments before returning to your familiar friend or known person at the table?

  7. Carol says:

    I love and agree with many of the previous comments. Yarn stores should be welcoming to any level of knitter/crocheter. I also think yarn stores should emphasize the education and teaching area…not just sell stuff. It should be the community resource for all things yarn first.

  8. Colleen Snow says:

    For instructors/teachers: I expect those who teach classes to be knowledgeable about what they are teaching and willing to put some time and effort into the class. They can do this by teaching a new technique and by sharing tips and tricks. There are many things to teach new knitters, like how to read a yarn label, examining the knit and purl stitch and what a yarn over looks like, what tools are a “must have” when building your knit kit and what are nice to have, how to count rows, etc. I like to teach about the different types of needles and how they are used. I also go over the benefits of the interchangeable kits, which I wish someone had done for me before I bought so many individuals! Of course some of this is for the beginners who advance into a second or even third class, but at some point this information is helpful and appreciated!

  9. Barbara Wright says:

    To the yarn companies: Please include on your labels U. S. standard as well as metric units of measurements. I seldom have a metric conversion chart with me when I’m shopping for yarn.

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