My second non-lawn-mowing-related job was working at a movie theater concession stand and oh lordy did I think I had hit the big time with that access to all-I-could-eat popcorn (this was literally a benefit that was offered at the time of my hiring: all-I-could-eat popcorn. Where do I sign?).
Day one: work a little, eat popcorn a lot. Day two: same. Day three: same, minus ten percent. Day four: eh….where are we going for lunch? By the end of the first week, I never wanted to see popcorn again, even freshly armed with the what-seemed-like-insider-knowledge that Skittles + popcorn = tastes like Froot Loops (hey look, this Atlas Insider came with a recipe!).
I was thinking about this earlier this week when the MDK World Headquarters crew was unpacking boxes and boxes (there were a lot of boxes) of a new-to-MDK yarn for an upcoming Field Guide. It’s really beautiful and brought out some ooohs and ahhhs in me (but my lips are sealed!) and I thought for about ten minutes about how best to use it . . . and then by the end of unpacking the third box, all I could think was GET IT AWAY FROM ME! WHY ARE WE NOT DONE WITH THIS YET?! IF I HAVE TO TOUCH THIS FOR ONE MORE SECOND I WILL SURELY DIE.
Now. Some people think I am a little exaggerate-y, but no, I really was going to die if I had to touch it one second longer. D-I-E, die.
I guess it happens to everyone; you occasionally get a little jaded about the thing you’re involved with every day, the thing that allllll the other people are insane with jealousy over. We occasionally get inquiries about MDK World Headquarters warehouse visits, and while we aren’t set up for them, it’s fun to imagine guiding visitors around the space, with people geeking out over the shelves of ordinary, well, office supplies. “I just mean . . . look at all these post-its!” [Faints.]
But the minute knitters find out I work here, there’s no telling them it’s just an ordinary shipping space. They get very excited and want to know allll about it (that’s when I usually get accusatory: “Wait, you’re not reading me every week?”)—like do the water faucets pour out yarn and where do we keep the flock of sheep?
We’ve got a big warehouse-based workshop coming up this fall (Snippets subscribers are signing up for it already, so you really should subscribe!), and we’re already trying to figure out ways to make the warehouse look a little more warehouse-y; I think we’ve done too good of a job making it neat and organized. I suspect people want it to look like something out of a Hoarders episode.
So excuse me now; I have to go knock over a few aisles of shelves and strew some crowbars around like I’ve been opening crates. People will be here soon.
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