I’m a knitter. I love yarn. Therefore I should love shopping at yarn shops right ?
I don’t know if it’s something really specific to Paris, but we have some yarn shops here that really depress me.
I hesitate to open the door (if possible, heavy and opaque), inside the atmosphere is as cold as a Porcupine Tree show (basically, people staring at you like you’re sh°t anyway), messages everywhere remembering you to not touch the yarn (or they are probably going to take you somewhere scary and knit you to death), poor lightning, and of course, unfriendly salespersons. Who knit in the shop. So if you dare asking questions, they sight, put done the project (usually something posh and expensive), barely answer and just cash the money. No idea which colors could match, no idea what yarn to use for babies. And of course no pattern catalog to match the yarn, you have to enter the shop with your pattern, or at least already have in mind exactly what it is you want.
Just makes me want to run away. Away from yarn. Can’t believe it. Me, a girl who sometimes gets out of bed at night to pick up yarn in her stash and squiiiish it with a crazy smile. If you’re a knitter, a crocheter, any yarn addict, you probably know the feeling.
I love yarn, but I don’t like people who make me feel uncomfortable. I’m not shy (hey, remember I even sung a knitting song ?), I’m very polite (I used to sell make-up, so yes I know how customers can behave), I’m not messy nor loud. I’m the perfect customer, please be nice with me, do your job, make me want to buy all that epic yarn instead of feeling like this is a fuzzy, wooly, itchy version of hell.
Any terrible yarn shopping experience to cheer me up?