If you live in the Philadephia, or close to, you may already know Hidden River Yarns. If so, we’re happy to say that HYR is a recent addition to the Quince-in-your-LYS line up. And we thank them greatly for providing us with such a lovely welcome, one that included cupcakes and sidewalk announcements. Not sure I have the order correct, but read the announcements below in order.
More: HYR is owned by Lisa Johnson. We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to run an LYS.
Pam: What’s the best part of your job?
Lisa: My favorite part of running a yarn store is being able to bolster the confidence of my customers. I like to help them stretch and learn new techniques that they thought were beyond their capabilities. I also like to help them shake up their ideas about color. My idea of a good time is all the color combinations possible on the table and embracing the unexpected pairings.
Pam: What are you doing that you’re especially proud of?
Lisa: A good friend told me when I was opening my store that I don’t have to be everything to everyone and to stay true to my vision. HRY is just as I envisioned it, a riot of color, quality natural fibers, and a warm welcoming environment that does not intimidate newer knitters and crocheters.
Pam: What do you wish people would understand about owning a business, particularly a yarn business?
Lisa: It takes an inordinate amount of self-control to keep up on the bookkeeping, answering emails, maintaining a website and an active social media presence, when all I want to do is cast on a project in Tern. (Note: On the needles already are Finch, Chickadee and Sparrow.) Frankly, I deserve a medal.
I have been knitting since childhood. Occasionally, I have put it aside for a few years while I’ve obsessed over other crafts, but I always seem to come back to it. I make mistakes, everyone does. I always use my grandmother’s rule of thumb, if you’re not going to see it all the time and worry about it, keep on going, no one else is likely to notice. Learning to be accepting of imperfection is healthy and helps loosen your tension. I have created my share of ugly, specifically a cotton tunic/vest with intarsia tropical fruit…well, it was from Vogue Knitting and it was the 80s.