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

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  • Amy April 11, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! What a funny coincidence.
    I’m very proud to be customer #1. You know how happy and thrilled I am for you!

  • Purly Whites April 11, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    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??

  • caitlyn April 11, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    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!

  • Joelene April 11, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Yee ha, very exciting! and sneaky…

  • marirob April 11, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    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!

  • Belinda April 11, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    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!!

  • Sandra April 11, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    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!!!! 😀
    It’s Ya-HAIR-a, right? 😉

  • Julsey April 11, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    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!

  • Flying Pizza April 11, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    Amazing! Congrats congrats congrats!

  • Alexandra April 11, 2006 at 6:30 pm

    Holy moly, how do you keep these things secret?

  • Angela April 11, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    You two are sneaky cahooters!

  • Skylar April 11, 2006 at 6:33 pm

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

  • jess April 11, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    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!

  • Leah April 11, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    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!

  • tara April 11, 2006 at 6:51 pm

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

  • grumperina April 11, 2006 at 6:53 pm

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

  • Anonymous April 11, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Congrats! The shop looks great =) Gorgeous yarn!
    – Tiffany

  • jennifer April 11, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    congratulations! it’s gorgeous!

  • carrie April 11, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    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.

  • nichola April 11, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    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.

  • Cara April 11, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    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.

  • gleek April 11, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    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!

  • Jennifer April 11, 2006 at 7:54 pm

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

  • winnie April 11, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    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!

  • Steph April 11, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    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 🙂

  • Lauren April 11, 2006 at 8:42 pm

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

  • Chris April 11, 2006 at 9:00 pm

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

  • goodkarma April 11, 2006 at 9:01 pm

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

  • brooke April 11, 2006 at 9:08 pm

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

  • Kathy April 11, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    Congratulations!! And Happy Blogiversary!

  • colleen April 11, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    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.

  • Allegra April 11, 2006 at 10:05 pm

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

  • Reese April 11, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    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…

  • Liz April 11, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    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!

  • Melissa April 11, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    The site looks great – good luck!

  • Oiyi April 11, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    Vesper Sock yarn

  • Keridiana April 11, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    Holy crap! Congratulations! Good luck with everything!

  • Saun April 12, 2006 at 12:16 am

    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.

  • Emmie April 12, 2006 at 2:01 am

    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!

  • PutYourFlareOn April 12, 2006 at 2:27 am

    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!

  • jillian April 12, 2006 at 2:48 am

    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!

  • kris April 12, 2006 at 4:57 am

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

  • anna April 12, 2006 at 8:16 am

    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.

  • Erin April 12, 2006 at 8:52 am

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

  • aja April 12, 2006 at 11:41 am

    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!!

  • yuvee April 12, 2006 at 11:51 am

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

  • Stephanie April 12, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    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.

  • Jen April 12, 2006 at 12:38 pm

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

  • cheryl April 12, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    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.

  • Bryony April 12, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    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.

  • NoNoKitty April 12, 2006 at 3:19 pm

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

  • candsmom April 12, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    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! 🙂

  • Elizabeth April 12, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    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.

  • erin April 13, 2006 at 2:56 am

    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.

  • Amanda April 13, 2006 at 9:11 am

    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.

  • Annarella April 14, 2006 at 4:32 am

    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

  • castoncastoff April 19, 2006 at 2:15 am

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