Well, the first-ever MDK Pop-up Shop came and went so fast that the day passed in a cloud of hellos, catching-ups, and the scent of organic cotton candy that wafted in from a nearby vendor.
At one point, my dad got drafted to dispense peppermints. He’s more of a Tootsie Roll guy, but he did great.
Baling wire and asphalt shingles. Those are the materials my dad says can get you through anything. We could have used a bit of both in our nook. Our total lack of fixtures was noticeable when your co-host happened to be Fringe Supply Co., run by Karen Templer. Karen is a high priest of fixtures. She has a righteous inventory of giant metal tables and things onto which you hang handknits. The best neighbor ever, she could not have been more gracious about loaning us a cup of . . . fixtures.
Most days, we spend a lot of time looking at our yarns and books on a computer screen. It was fun to lay them out for the pop-up, the way I used to put my Barbies on the floor with their clothes. Go-go dancer dresses here. Tiny shoes there.
What that note says: “The Knitter’s Tote by Julia Hilbrandt. $230. Currently running a waitlist. Please give us your email and we’ll alert you when it’s available to order.” It remains true today! Email us via the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page if you’re in the market.
The Most Swished Sample Award went to the Corrugated Shawl by Cecelia Campochiaro, from MDK Field Guide No. 5: Sequences. Of all our yarns, this is the one I wish I could teleport to you so you could swish it around. Caravan by Crave Yarn is merino/cashmere/camel/mulberry silk. Really something. (We’re expecting more of this shade, Authenticity, soon.)
One knitter said it was fun to see our yarns and books in person, after seeing them online. I had the exact same feeling, in reverse—it was so great to see people in person that I know so well online. It’s like an O. Henry story, I tell you.
Mood: left out.
Kay, everybody was asking about you. Liz, ecommerce manager of the gods, thank you again for keeping such a calm demeanor even as the ominous words were uttered: “Is your wifi working?”
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who is taking a minute to shop with us during this holiday season. We have surprises yet to come in the days ahead, along with plenty of knitting and the usual carrying on. Watch Thursday for the announcement of a knitalong with stakes so low that you may have already arrived at the finish line!