little secrets

I'm not quite sure how to start this post, do I come out with it short and sweet and go back into hiding? or write a long story on how things worked themselves out?

funny enough, today is my blogiversary. I can't believe it's been one year since I decided to start blogging. what a weird thing to just decide and do, let me knit stuff, write about it, and maybe discuss it with other knitters. do we realize how random that sounds? but I'm glad I did! I've learned so much about knitting and have made some amazing friends. who else would understand my yarn addiction or my need to constantly be knitting 20 dollar socks? it's gone beyond that though, to where I know more about my knitting friends' lives, the ones I've yet to meet, than the friends I've made in high school or college. I'll stop myself before I get really sappy here.

anyway, what do I have planned? what's my little secret? no, it's not any sort of contest, I'm not quick enough to think of that (though I was tempted to do one about my name, for Sandra's sake). instead I'll come out with the biggest knitting project I've undertaken....and there were no needles involved. for the last i-don't-know-how-long months, I've been designing a yarn store. let me rephrase that, I've been designing my own yarn store. I started to get the idea last fall when I was tired of not finding what I wanted at other people's yarn stores. why not start my own and carry what I want, harder to find yarns created my smaller companies? simple enough idea, though I had no clue how long it would take. it was pure kismet when purly and I came clean to each other, I finally had someone to be in cahoots with (one of the best people to be scheming with) and the impetus to get going on it.

after months of coding, designing, and waiting for yarn orders to arrive the day is finally here! pureknits is my little baby. I hope you like it. the selection is a little small now, but there's a ton more coming. (if you want to keep updated on this, subscribe to the store blog's feed)

I really couldn't have done it without purly, knowing that one of my good friends was going through the exact same thing as me was comforting. thanks for being there for me when I would send you all those crazy emails! Amy kicked my ass through all of this too, in the totally encouraging, sisterly sort of way of course. she handled my, 'woe is me' emails like a champ.! she'll always be known as customer #1. now Amy, finish that sweater! Stef's been another little partner in crime, who's been there to figure out all this 'business' stuff with me. I can't wait to finally meet up with her at TNNA! and let's not forget the boyfriend, the poor guy has lost a ton of closet real estate for this little venture and was totally ok when I woke up one morning and said "I'm going to open a yarn store".

ok, so.... let me know what you guys think. and if you have yarn/products suggestions, let me know


Blogger Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary! What a funny coincidence.

I'm very proud to be customer #1. You know how happy and thrilled I am for you!

11/4/06 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Aaaaw, you are so sweet! I'm so glad we found each other and were in cahoots!

Congratulations on all your hard work. I hope you are enormously successful and have no knitting time because you are so busy. Then we can really commiserate. Heh.

So can I be supplier #1??

11/4/06 5:48 PM  
Anonymous caitlyn said...

How exciting!!!! I'm so happy for you, and I wish you all the best in this new venture. It's also wonderful that you had so much support from Purly! You know I'll be one of your customers in the near future!

11/4/06 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Joelene said...

Yee ha, very exciting! and sneaky...

11/4/06 5:56 PM  
Blogger marirob said...

I saw the post on Purly's blog and I immediately went and bought some yarn (and a pattern)!

Congratulations on your venture - I'm so excited for you! Between you and Purly, I'm so off my yarn diet!

11/4/06 5:56 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

The design is just beautiful, you have been true to the name of the shop in every sense of the word. I love everything, its all pure and simple. Good luck, as far as I can see your on the right track..Now if only it didn't cost so much to ship to Australia!!

11/4/06 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

you sneaky minx!! I am soooooo excited for you!!!!!!! I'm going to go have a look see now.

Oh CONGRATULATIONS! And happy blogiversary as well. YAY!!!! :D

It's Ya-HAIR-a, right? ;)

11/4/06 6:09 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

Ha! You ARE a sneaky minx (sorry to copy sandra).

Congratulations!!! You've been laying low now we know why!

Well, off to see the Yarn Harlot! Bye!

11/4/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger Flying Pizza said...

Amazing! Congrats congrats congrats!

11/4/06 6:27 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Holy moly, how do you keep these things secret?

11/4/06 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

You two are sneaky cahooters!

11/4/06 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Congrats on your blogiversary and your new shop. I can't wait to shop there. I love those Noni patterns too!

11/4/06 6:33 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

a-HA! there's that secret! it looks great. can't wait to see all that's coming, and will certainly be making purchases after graduation!

11/4/06 6:39 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Yay & congrats! I will tell you again that it's beautiful!! I love every element of the design & I'm really excited for you!!

I can't wait to get my yarn!

11/4/06 6:40 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Ah! It's fantastic! I'm so happy for you!

11/4/06 6:51 PM  
Anonymous grumperina said...

Congratulations! The store looks great, very easy to navigate!

11/4/06 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! The shop looks great =) Gorgeous yarn!

- Tiffany

11/4/06 6:56 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

congratulations! it's gorgeous!

11/4/06 7:17 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

i shoulda known you were up to something! so excited! the website looks wonderful, and the quality is top notch. you should be really proud. can't wait to make a purchase.

11/4/06 7:32 PM  
Anonymous nichola said...

It looks fabulous! Well done. I'll be back to spend money next month after 'use what you have' month is over. Happy blogiversary too.

11/4/06 7:38 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Wow! Yay! Congratulations, on your blogiversary and on your new venture. I hope you are enormously successful with it. I absolutely love the site design.

11/4/06 7:45 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

congratulations! the store looks lovely. very clean and easy to use. it would be great if you could put bigger pictures of each color (make the thumbnails clickable to larger sizes). i have a couple more ideas for you (my work [also web design] is often tested in front of a two-way mirror) if you want to shoot me an email.

happy blogiversary as well ;) i see tons of fabulous yarn in your future!

11/4/06 7:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy Blogiversary and congrats to you for opening the store! How exciting!

11/4/06 7:54 PM  
Blogger winnie said...

so that's what you've been m.i.a.... well this is a pleasant surprise. i am off to check out the new site! and congratulations!

11/4/06 8:06 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Woohoo! Get packing Miss, because I can't wait to get my yarn! Congratulations, I'm so excited you have a store. Now I know where I can find those particular colors I'm always looking for and never seem to find :-)

11/4/06 8:10 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Oooh, I hope we can meet up at TNNA! Congratulations!!!

11/4/06 8:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Happy Blogiversary and Congrats!! Heh, and I went and made a purchase before I even finished reading your post...

11/4/06 9:00 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Yahoo!! What good news. I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to be one of your new customers. :)

11/4/06 9:01 PM  
Anonymous brooke said...

Wow! You must be so excited-congratulations and best success with your online store.

11/4/06 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Congratulations!! And Happy Blogiversary!

11/4/06 9:30 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

Congratulations!!! This is a wonderful idea. Hopefully lots of small yarn producers will flock here, and we'll know where to look to find the unusual stuff.

11/4/06 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Allegra said...

Congrats! I love the new site... the yarns look great. I look forward to visiting it often!

11/4/06 10:05 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

i saw the news first on amy's site... let's just say that on bloglines when you both have new entries, "and knitting" comes before "knit fix."

congrats on the new store! i like the way it looks! might want to inclue that if you click on the thumbnails you can get larger view above. i discovered that by accident. and if it's already there, then i am just blind and totally missed it! i hope you start to carry more and more yarns! you can be the next kpixie. hehehe...

11/4/06 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Congratulations! on all things, anniversary and new store! It's so funny cuz you eluded to some secret thing that you were working on a few weeks ago, and I thought at the time huh, wonder if she's starting a yarn biz.... and here you are.

Site looks great, I already signed in and created an account, great stuff already on the site for a launch... Huge good luck to you - you are now an entrepreneur!

11/4/06 10:57 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

The site looks great - good luck!

11/4/06 11:04 PM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

Vesper Sock yarn

11/4/06 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Keridiana said...

Holy crap! Congratulations! Good luck with everything!

11/4/06 11:24 PM  
Blogger Saun said...

Sneaky,sneaky! Starting a store without even mentioning it. Congrats. I'm going to bookmark it right now. I'm on a little yarn-restriction right now but when I'm free to be right there. I like that you are going to feature hard to find yarns. I'm itching to get some of that Fable yarn. I've seen it only once and that one is definitely hard to find.

12/4/06 12:16 AM  
Blogger Cutie said...

Happy anniversary dearest~ as soon as the UWYH month is over, I will be heading over! I love the layout, its very lovely!

Good work! I will gladly give you my custom!


12/4/06 2:01 AM  
Blogger PutYourFlareOn said...

Happy bloggie anni! And yayayayayya for your shop! What a secret you've been keeping from us! I'm so excited to hear about this because I totally adore your yarn tastes and you're a knitting inspiration pour moi! This is so going to work! Good for you!

12/4/06 2:27 AM  
Anonymous jillian said...

Congrats and happy blog-day!! The store site is great - I really like the color combo. The yarns are yummy and the pattern selection great! Unusual and luxury items, all in one place. Love it!

12/4/06 2:48 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

woo hoo! what a great way to celebrate your blogiversary! i'm so happy for you!

12/4/06 4:57 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

wondeful! congratulations and congratulations and warmest best wishes - i have so much respect for this kind of small-scale entrepreneurship because i know it requires nerves of steel and meticulous attention to detail. i wish you every success. well done.

12/4/06 8:16 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

It's fabulous! So happy for you:) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sundara sock yarn!

12/4/06 8:52 AM  
Anonymous aja said...

Oh yay! Congratulations on both your anniversary and your business - that is really amazing. I wish you so much success and will definitely be a customer!!

12/4/06 11:41 AM  
Blogger yuvee said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you ;) That's a great step to take, wish you all the best!

12/4/06 11:51 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I think your store and the concept is fabulous. I can't wait to find a project I need to buy yarn for. I hope you are fabulously successful.

12/4/06 12:03 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Congrats! The site looks fantastic! That's a heck of an anniversary. Best wishes to you.

12/4/06 12:38 PM  
Anonymous cheryl said...

it's beautiful, and i just bought some yarn and a pattern! i think you've done a lovely job, and i'll definitely be back.

12/4/06 2:51 PM  
Blogger Bryony said...

Wow. I can't really add anything new to what has been said, but wow. Congratulations, good luck, and YAY! It is just plain fab.

12/4/06 3:02 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

That's so awesome! Congratulations on getting your dream shop off the ground. It's such a rush isn't it?

12/4/06 3:19 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Happy Blogiversary!! And a huge congratulations to you on opening your own shop! Such an amazing accomplishment and it looks awesome! Great selection- I can't wait to place an order. ;-) Take care! :-)

12/4/06 4:13 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your new shop! It's beautifully designed and very user-friendly. I'll be sure to add a link - and I just ordered some yummy Sundara sock yarn. Woo-hoo! And happy blog birthday, too.

12/4/06 6:07 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

what a special way to celebrate your blog anniversary. I am so happy for you. Congratulations! I found out about pure knits while reading andrea tung's blog. Her fable alpaca looks so gorgeous.

13/4/06 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

congratulations! That is so awesome. I have been dying to start a knitting store too. I am going to start small and sell at summer festivals first to kind of get my feet wet. Good luck with everything. I wish you much success.

13/4/06 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Annarella said...

Oh my, Well done darling!!!!! Sorry I couldn't comment till now, I did stop by the other day, then had to abruptly turn my machine off.

You've done such a fab job with the shop, I'm so proud of how it's come out, a thousand CONGRATS!!!

I'm sure it'll be a big hit.

Have a great Easter! xx

14/4/06 4:32 AM  
Blogger castoncastoff said...

Congrats! Hope it does really well for you. x Kirsty x

19/4/06 2:15 AM  

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