Between the run-up to (and subsequent wake of) Knitpocalypse on Atlas Drive a couple of weeks ago and now the lead-in to
Holiday Hell on Earth whoops, I mean The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, we’re elbow deep in building yarn kits here in the warehouse.
Building kits elicits mixed feelings among the lowly yarn polloi around here. From a shipping standpoint, we love them—it’s a single item that gets plucked from a neatly stocked shelf and placed in a box instead of twenty-five different-every-time items. From a prepping perspective, it’s more complicated: we spend a lot of time chasing down the individual components of each kit and then neatly packaging them (you try and stack a two dozen loose balls of static-electrically charged Felted Tweed in a cello bag without them falling over; it should be an Olympic sport) and stickering them and barcoding (BARCODING YOU ARE STILL MY SWORN ENEMY!) them.
I think we all feel that it’s worth it to do in advance, though we probably admit it through gritted teeth because it’s impossible to multi-task during Kit Time. We just have to sit in front of the massive mounds of yarn and
shove place them in the bag until several decades have passed and Ann and Kay unchain the doors.
I used to work at a different knitting-related enterprise and we once posed the question to our shoppers, “Do you prefer a pre-made kit with all the colors selected or do you prefer to build your own?” The response was really revealing: close to 90% of the responses were along the lines of, “Oh, I love to do it myself”—but we sold out of every single kit we had in about ten minutes. So there’s a 75% guarantee that either the other 10% were sitting on a pile of ready-to-spend money, or the 90% was 80% made up of 100% fibbers.
As I have previously noted, I am pretty dang color blind, so of course, I always go for the kit. You could sell me a dozen balls of brown yarn and call it “Rainbows and Leprechauns Eating Skittles” and I would say, “Oh yes, mmm hmmm, quite the colorful combination!” and just cast on. You should keep that in mind when you think about me making up your kit. You just might get “Rhapsody in Beige” and I will only shrug my shoulders and say “See, I told you!” But I will say it politely and send you a return label. PRINTED IN BLACK AND WHITE.
Conversely, I’ve been fascinated by the rise of meal kits over the past few years. It’s something I would never consider because I practically use a jeweler’s loupe to inspect all the produce I buy; I could never trust someone else to choose it for me. So maybe there are just different kinds of Kit People.
Anyway. It’s About to be Kit Time, y’all. Get your caboodles ready.
Well … Do you prefer a pre-made kit with all the colors selected or do you prefer to build your own? The prize? Our Baggu Also Full of Yarn Bag in black denim—capacious enough for a kit!
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Deadline for entries: Sunday, October 24, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.