A different perspective.

A few weeks ago, Chris from Kingston Links, an on-line business directory for the city (http://www.kingstonlinks.com/.kingstonlinks.com/.kingstonlinks.com/) came in with a digital camera and started taking pictures all around the store. The idea was that they are trying to build an on-line catalogue of products available from their advertisers, and of course a catalogue needs pictures.

Now Chris has a media eye, he sees colour, composition, he doesn't necessarily know what's important in a yarn store so we got a lot of pictures of individual types of knitting needles, a gorgeous shot of our "yarn on sale" table, a really interesting view of our overstock of fancy yarns and many others that were not really of any great value from a catalogue perspective. It would be somewhat like having someone who was not at all familiar with your lifestyle coming into your home and taking great closeup shots of your spice rack, or your box of Kleenex on the back of the toilet.

It was a very interesting experience going through these pictures (all 109 of them) and seeing the store through the lense of his camera. I saw things that I had forgotten that we carried in the store (like these gift cards).

I got to see how beautiful beads are when done up as stitch markers, and understand why we sell so many to people who want to add a really special touch to a gift that they are buying for a knitting friend.

I got to see the beauty of a small basket of hand dyed curly "locks" of specialty fleece that people use for all kinds of things, from felting to doll's hair.

I had to laugh at these 2 "friends", a couple of sample sweaters that just look they've been old buddies for a long time.

I was touched when I saw this shot of part of the collection of sheep that friends, family, staff and customers have so kindly brought to live at the store.

And I was reminded of just how beautiful a tray of glorious yarn can be to a colour-starved knitter who hasn't been in to see us for a while.
It's fun to have a chance to see one's own world through the eyes of a stranger. It makes us a bit more appreciative of the richness to be found in the familiar.