Sunday, March 20, 2016

INTRODUCING...........KNIT2 YARNS !

After months of planning, painting, and purchasing, I am ready to open Monday morning.  To say I won't sleep tonight may be an understatement.  I'm excited for tomorrow : )

This post could have been named 'Ode to Mrs. McArthur'.  When I was in grade three, my teacher Mrs. McArthur said, that when we were done our work for the day, we could come sit by her desk and she would teach us how to knit. Well I didn't need to be asked twice!  Myself and a handful of others took her up on her offer.  Little did she know the gift she was giving me.  I wonder if she ever thought of the children and grand children that I would be knitting for some 45 years later.  I get all weepy thinking of her. I wonder how many more children she shared this gift with after I moved on to the next grades. How many before me had she taught?   I knit all through elementary school until I hit my teen years and decided it wasn't cool anymore.  Not until the doctor looked at me and said 'your pregnant' did I pick up the needles again.  I had such fun knitting for all my babies and now my grand babes.  So my dear Mrs. McArthur, thank you.  Thank you for the gift of knitting, for endless hours of relaxation, and for the gift of this little shop I get to spend my future years at.  You will never know how much I appreciate you taking the time to share with me your talent.  You were my favourite teacher : )

and now a few photos of inside






I've got a table for you to sit at and knit : )




lots of different sock yarns



and a look in


First off, thank you God who was always one step ahead of me preparing the way.  Thank you also to my wonderful hubby, who without him, this couldn't happen.  My family who came without being asked, to paint and organize and price yarn by the box load!  I love you.

Enjoy your week.  I think it's going to be a busy one!!

Carla

57 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Some teachers teach how to do math, or science, and some teacher teach us 'life' lessons, beyond the classroom. Your Mrs. McArthur sounds like the latter. The space looks GREAT!!!! If I were closer, I'd come take a class.

Dolores said...

It looks wonderful. I hope you have many happy years there. Me? I'd rather sit on a couch than at a table. In comfort is where I knit oh so slowly. My mom taught me. I love the idea of a teacher being more than just a teacher of 'readin, writin' and arithmetic.' Mrs. McArthur certainly was a special lady.

Wendy said...

It's beautiful, Carla. I can't wait to come and see it in person!

Green Quilter said...

You should be so proud Carla. Looks so inviting. Hazel

suemac said...

Good luck on your grand opening. How exciting.

Betty Spence said...

Here I sit once again...thinking of you Carla! You are truly a person that I admire. Your dedication to your family and your work speaks volumes. My hope is that you will be blessed beyond measure. I'll be there with my needles clicking... (Or is that my teeth clicking.). Have a good sleep tonight i' thinking you might need it. Xox

Sarah said...

I do hope you'll hang the story of your teacher in the store - it's important to share and be reminded of our inspirations. I'm sure she would love to see what you've done with the store as it's fabulous! Love the wall bins and the suitcases and the samples! If only i were a knitter and didn't live on the other side of the continent!! The best of luck to you!!

quiltmania said...

I can hardly wait!!! See you tomorrow.

ES said...

Where are the giant knitting needles?!!

Debbie said...

How exciting! Have a fun week, Carla!

Julie Cefalu said...

It looks amazing, Carla! You've created a paradise for knitters and a dream come true for you. I wish I could see it in person. Congratulations! Julie@TheCraftyQuilter.com

Karyn said...

It's looking lovely. Nice and light. Best of luck for the opening! PS I might make my learners the same offer, even though I am a complete amateur knitter!

Kim said...

Mrs McArthur would be very proud of you, Carla! Oh how amazing "your dream come true" looks. I have goosebumps looking at everything. Everything is so beautiful, from the table and chairs on which to sit and knit and natter, to the wall of woolly deliciousness......to that gorgeous, white armoire. You and your family have performed the most amazing feats of brilliance. I always said your li'l yarn shop would be the most beautiful in all Kamloops....the world!! Oh I do love where your shop is situated; is that some water and a mountain I espy through that window?? Have the most wonderful opening day tomorrow, lovely Carla....wish oh wish I was there. Xx

Wonky Patchwork said...

What a lovely story, and your shop looks amazing, good luck with it.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Carla, your shop is so beautiful and inviting! I wish you lots of happy customers, joyful time with yarn passioned people and all the best! I'm so happy for you! You have made and found adorable decorations and everything looks just perfect to welcome knitters to spend there lovely time! x Teje
www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com

Jenny - the lilac cat said...

What a beautiful and stylish shop. I'm not a knitter but for someone wanting to venture into this craft as well as established knitters then this will surely entice you in. The best of luck with your new shop.

dutchcomfort said...

Thanks for the tour around your shop! It looks fabulous! Wishing you a wonderful Opening Day! Don’t forget to enjoy and to look around you! Such an achievement!

Great teachers can determine your life, that’s for sure. I had a wonderful teacher in English in Highschool and it has become kind of my second language. I had a teacher in Music who made me develop my own music taste.

Megan said...

What a beautiful shop - I'm sure you will have many happy visitors/shoppers over the years. All the very best for your opening day and beyond x

Ann said...

What a lovely story! Carla the place looks amazing! Good luck!

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations and good luck! It all looks so lovely! Here's to many happy hours spent in this beautiful space as you share your love of knitting in Kamloops!

JoZart Quilts said...

Good Luck for your new super duper store. It is beautiful and I am sure it will entice knitters and stitchers new and seasoned to venture inside to be inspired. I wish I could!
Jo in Liverpool, England.

Dasha said...

What a wonderful teacher you had. Have you ever thought of trying to find out where she is?
Oh how I wish I could come and visit, but you are literally half way around the world from me.
Best of luck in your new venture.

Annika said...

That looks amazing! Wishing you all the best with your shop!

Donna quilts said...

How exciting!! I wish you the very best with this new adventure in life. I can't wait to visit Kamloops again and drop into your shop.

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

Oh my goodness... I don't even know where to start!! It's truly perfection! Each photo had me "oohing" more than the last... I don't think I could imagine a more perfect place to shop, or knit, or visit. I can't wait to "watch" it evolve. And that story about your teacher?! Oh my goodness, my heart. There are very few like her in this world. What an amazing start to this story. We'll be thinking of you today!

PS - I showed the boys since they are home today and S said "that looks like it would be dangerous to your wallet!" He's 100% right. :)

Marie said...

Congratulations, CArla, I couldn't be happier for you. As soon as I get back home, I will be coming to visit and who knows, I might just change my hobby! Very best of luck, I know Knit 2 will be successful moving forward.

Ellyn said...

what a wonderful story and a beautiful shop! I wish you well!

Sharon - IN said...

Congratulations! My you and your gorgeous shop be a great success!

Needled Mom said...

What an awesome looking shop! It is so fresh and clean looking. I wish I could be there today. Where are the giant needles???? I wish you all the best with your adventure.

Nicole said...

Congratulations Carla! Have a wonderful opening today and every day after that. Your shop looks lovely.

Ioleen said...

WOW!!! Your shop is very inviting. Beautiful, colourful yarns and a comfy place to fit and knit. Wonderful just wonderful.

felicity said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy and excited for you, Carla!

Ladyquiltsalot said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to come and visit, both you and Katja in one stop!!

Celtic Thistle said...

Congratulations Carla, your shop looks so inviting. I am not a knitter but your wonderful display would certainly tempt me to try :)

I wish you many happy years passing on your love of knitting to the residents of Kamloops.

grammie said...

All the best on your new adventure. How exciting for all
Mary

Tiffany said...

This is so exciting! And what a sweet story about your third grade teacher. I was a third grade teacher for a few years and now I totally wish I had thought to do something like that. :)

Lynne said...

It looks awesome Carla! Congratulations and have a great first week!

Jodi Godfrey said...

Congratulations Carla! It's all so beautiful and inviting! Wishing you a long success!

Lesley Gilbert said...

Well done on creating such a wonderful and calming wool shop. I remember seeing your earlier photos of the painting sessions and wondered how it would all turn out. I love all the coloured wool, especially the variegated - something I have knitted with many times in the past and great for baby cardigans. I hope your first day of trading went well.

canuckquilter said...

Your shop looks so inviting! I hope you had a fabulous first day.

Elizabeth van der Heide said...

Very, very classy

EmileeHope said...

Congrats-the shop looks amazing!

Sewing Mom said...

Congratulations and many blessings on your adventure! The shop looks lovely...so clean and inviting. Love the window display too!

Nat at Made in Home said...

Carla, this looks amazing! I cannot believe how beautiful your shop looks - I would be knitting every day with you if I was closer! Good luck!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

WOW!!!! Your store looks amazing. The yarns look so striking in the block cubbies. I'd love to stop by. Wish I was closer.

Karen S said...

Congratulations! It is so exciting to see all your hard work coming together.
I do hope you have had a wonderful opening and a great week.
It all looks wonderful and I do wish I lived close by!

tusen said...

It's beautiful. The colourful yarns look so great against the dark walls and shelves and I love all the different baskets and suitcases on the tables.
How was the opening day?

Cathy said...

congratulations, Carla! It looks fantastic!!!!

2 Good Claymates said...

Your shop looks really awesome Carla! I knew it would but nice to see it all put together so well. That was also such a special story you shared! That must have been a very special teacher and to give you such a special gift like that is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

How exciting! I wish I were not so far away so I could pop in. :(
I like the sound of Mrs McArthur.

Simply, Sarah said...

It's all beautiful! Congratulations!

the momma said...

Oh my goodness, Carla!! SO exciting!!! As I am late in reading this, you have already been open 5 days now, and I imagine you are feeling both exhilarated and exhausted right about now.

How wonderful that you had a Mrs McArthur!! What a gift (that you have used ever so joyfully and wisely)

I thought of you last week: My just turned 7 year old had been asking about learning to knit, and on Monday and Tuesday, the *asking* turned into *HOUNDING* me to please let her watch a youtube video. It turned out that she had trouble learning from a video (as I suspected...) so *I* learned to knit from the video, and then taught her. And then we taught her brother and sister. And then, this week at a family camp with some folks from our church, I taught what little I know to 2 more ladies ~ so - 6 new (very new!) knitters in the world :-)
I thought you would enjoy the story :-) Huge Congratulations on your store opening!!!
Tracy

Leanne Parsons said...

The store is gorgeous! I hope you had a successful first week. I'm sure Mrs. MacArthur would be thrilled by your use of those knitting lessons!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It looks magnificent! I hope your first week has gone swimmingly and that you've have lots of lovely customers!

Audrey said...

What a beautiful shop.... I will come by when I'm in Kamloops next!

FVITH said...

Congratulations. It looks great. I hope you enjoy every moment of your future years here :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I was just SURE I had commented on this! Your store looks amazing. I'm not at all surprised at that because you have such a good eye for everything--color, design. I'm sure this is going to be a huge success. I wish it was just around the corner. I dream of having a little group that I can sit and knit with. That would be simply lovely. Best of luck.