Daily Reflections From My Window

August 27, 2021 Friday Farmers Market, H.Wonder Coffee, and Alpaca Socks

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“Go where your customers take you! For example, did you know that Sony’s first product was a rice cooker? Since abandoning the rice cooker, it has merely managed to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics company.”

Naveen Jain

I was looking for a quote about something else and this came up. At first, I didn’t think it had anything relevant and then I remembered an email I had gotten late last night from the mill who has made socks for me, asking what types of socks I wanted them to make from the yarn they had just received that had been spun for me from another mill. “I thought we went over this already” was my reaction. She listed the coned yarns they’d gotten and my mind is blank. There is a lot of lead time for these projects and sometimes I forget what I’d planned for them. I do make notes-now to locate them. Ugh! This memory thing.

The quote by Naveen Jain about Sony made me think again about what I’m doing. What DO my customers want? What I want to make? Or socks? Socks seem to be what the overwhelming majority want. But what kind? Hiking? Lightweight or heavyweight? Dyed or natural? Boot length or crew? Short? So many choices and I have to get right back to her or I lose my place in the queue and won’t have them in time for the season. I’ll just guess for now, using her expertise about what sells. I’ve been pretty on target so far with socks. What kind do YOU like?I’m currently working on these crocheted bowls. Always the clown, Jay, was trying to make me laugh by wearing it around as a hat. I’m going to dye this one a deep maroon on the bottom and let it fade up to white. If I like it, I’ll dye some of the smaller bowls. They’re great for putting your charging equipment in, or fruit, or yarn, a plant. Anything really. I’ll share more photos when they’re finished. I’m also weaving this pillow. I love to do this different type of thing. I think I’ll do this in a few sizes. You can see them in person this Sunday at ArtWalkIn the Park in Stackhouse.

For now, I’ve really got nothing else to share. The world seems so different today. Something shifted and feels so wrong. But I guess my day will be routine. I think I’m getting the look!

The farmers market is today, I need to get to the store too and then a cup of the best coffee in this area is on my agenda at H.Wonder Coffee and Records. Take note of the new hours this week:

Glad we have options. Check out the new breakfast sandwich and flavor of the week at the link above . The grand dog has arrived!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!