Atlas Insider: Miles of Aisles
It’s almost August! Merry Christmas! That’s what it’s starting to feel like around here, anyway. Boxes arriving almost daily, full of goodies for this year’s Holiday Shop (in addition to yarns and sundries associated with the upcoming final Field Guide of 2021; it’s not too late to subscribe!).
My lips are sealed regarding what’s actually in the boxes, though as you might recall from my relentless nattering two weeks ago, my price for doing just about anything is shockingly low: three tacos. So if you really wanna know anything, get those al carbons over here and I’ll tell you everything.
With boxes comes counting and with counting comes shelving and with shelving comes … ordering more shelving. So. Much. Shelving. It’s funny to think that MDK once operated out of a space the size of an AMC Gremlin because now that same amount of space is turned over to just one kind of yarn!
We’ve been banging and hammering away on aisles and aisles (well, two) of new metro shelving, the kind that Williams Sonoma or Whichever Lifestyle Snake Oil Peddler is always showing you in catalogs with Barbie-dream-pantry photos of industrial metal shelves filled with nothing but three hundred bottles of fancy San Pellegrino water.
Those photos never look quite like real pantries, though—they’re more like light-filled, Instagram-influencer bomb shelters, which I guess is the exact kind of disaster prepping I’d do, come to think of it. “No, I don’t have a thing to offer you to eat during the apocalypse, but if you’d like an artisan spritzer of some sort, I’m happy to oblige…”
To accommodate the new aisles of shelving, we had to move the admin people; Allison and Ashley are now jammed onto the very, very edge of the room; the next step is to just put their desks outside as winter approaches but ssssshhhhh, we’re keeping a lid on that plan. Don’t say anything; we’re trying to figure out how to sell the parking lot as a “spacious corner office” with “abundant ventilation.”
So now the yarn canyons are filling up with each new visit from the big brown truck (as I type, a UPS guy walked in with a tower of boxes and said “What is going ON?”). I’m not sure what we’re going to do next year other than go up, so we’ll soon be hosting an architectural design competition for the forthcoming MDK Tower* though of course we’re just going to make it look like however Kay wants it to look. She’s like that. Bossy.
Anyway! Happy holidays! And if you haven’t started writing your holiday cards and churning out bricks of fruitcake yet … you’re late!
*There is no such thing happening. Do not send us sketches. Tacos, yes. Sketches, no.
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