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Conference: The National Needlearts Association Tradeshow

When I was leaving my internship last summer at The Grove, Susan informed me that she would be more than happy to bring me along to the National Needlearts Association Tradeshow the following February!


I was so excited about this opportunity because the tradeshow is really only open to designers and retailers! So last February, I drove myself over to San Diego to tag along with Susan and Judy to Long Beach.


We received our badges (I was pretty ecstatic that it read that I was a retailer for The Grove! Obviously it had to, but still!) and show materials to navigate the different booths.  We sat down and made a game plan of the booths Susan absolutely needed to visit.  So many names I recognized!  This truly was a fiber high if I ever felt one.


Apparently, this show was a lot smaller and didn’t have as many people attending as in previous years.  That was a little sad to see, but that didn’t stop us from gawking at all the beautiful colors and touching all the amazing yarn and fiber!  I also found it very exciting that I knew some of the reps from some of the yarn companies from when they came into the shop last summer.


US Size 100

We made it through the show in a couple of hours and by the end of it, we were all pretty tired.  Who knew looking at yarn was so exhausting!

I want to thank Susan ever so much for bringing me along to the show.  I hope that the show continues successfully so that I might be able to return…maybe if I have my own shop in the future?  Who knows!


Living My Dream Goal: Internship in San Diego

This is my summer.  As of Saturday, May 19, I have moved to San Diego for three months!  I am interning at a shop called The Grove where I am working with one of the co-owners, S,  in the yarn and fiber department, assisting customers and overall learning how a yarn store (with other vendors) runs.

I apologize ahead of time for the nature of this post.  I just want to catch you up a bit on what I’ve been doing so far!

Tuesday, May 22, I worked my first day.  Though I was very tired at the end of it, it was a blast.  I got to know the yarns, made an alphabetical list of all of them, did an inventory of the needles on hand, and even ordered new needles over the phone! I am certainly learning a lot in a short period of time.  I started a sample for a future class being held in June called the Baby Chalice Blanket.

The next day, Wednesday, I learned how to do receiving for products and print labels.  I also made labels for the yarn shelves, making them more uniform looking.

I didn’t have to go back in until Saturday when the other co-owner, A, was working.  I basically just straightened up the yarn shelves, did some receiving, and sat and knit all day long.  I got to help out a couple of customers and one even sat and knitted with me for the last hour I was working!

Wednesday, May 30, there was a class in the evening which I was going to sit in on.  It was for a lace scarf or shawl pattern called Claire.  I helped to wind yarn from skeins to balls and got to start the project myself.  It’s a super easy repeat to remember.  I asked if I could pay for the yarn I was using and S said that she wanted me to have it because I’m doing so much for her.  I guess I’m being paid in yarn!

Thursday, May 31, I got to learn how to use the register!  That made things a lot easier on both S and I because then if I was working on the computer, I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing to find her so she could check out customers.  I’m still a little awkward with it, considering I’ve never had any previous retail experience.

Friday, June 1, I was sick.  Honestly, it sounded worse than it felt, so I went ahead and went to work.  I did some receiving and made some signs for the store.  I got to meet the vendor who takes care of the fabrics and helped her with little things she needed done.  By the end of the day, I was not feeling good, but I made it through the workday.

Saturday, June 2, I manned the desk while S worked with a customer who wanted to learn more knitting techniques.  It was funny because my voice was messed up from being sick, but at least I felt a LOT better.  Business was pretty busy in the morning due to the Burlingame Home Tour.  Burlingame is a historic neighborhood in South Park.

Sunday, June 3, was  a shorter and more quiet day.  I think due to that, I don’t remember much of anything interesting or exciting that happened.

The Grove is closed on Mondays.

Tuesday, June 5, I worked at the desk and helped a customer find her next knitting project.  S also left me alone with the store for about 40 minutes so that she could go home to eat lunch.  She was so excited to get to do that.

Wednesday, June 6, was pretty slow, but S and I started working on a physical inventory.  She is so happy to have me around helping out.  And of course, I’m more than happy to be there because I get to work with the yarns and knit at the end of each day.

This summer, I plan to keep my blog updated on happenings at the Grove, things I learn, and projects I accomplish while in San Diego.