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About Jill Horwich

After being a paralegal for 472 years (or it just felt like that), I started my own legal billing business in the hope that it would enable me to earn a living while spending more time pursuing my real love - needlework. I am an experienced crocheter (and crochet teacher) and a novice knitter. I also needlepoint, bead and embroider.

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about Knit1 on Thu Jan 06 14:18:55 -0600 2011

This is a great little shop. The owner, Lynn Coe, couldn't be nicer or more helpful. There's an open knit night, when you can just go, hang out and knit or crochet, with no obligation to purchase anything. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful and for such a small space, the selection of yarns is amazing. Plus - if you don't find what you need, Lynn will order it for you. The atmosphere is so welcoming that people just go to hang out there even when there isn't an open knit night. I highly recommend this shop.

about ImagiKnit on Thu Jan 06 14:34:23 -0600 2011

I'm with Wendy. The shop is huge and lovely. The yarn selection is amazing. The staff is enough to stop me from entering that shop ever again. I, too, am a crocheter. When a staff member asked what I was looking for, I showed her the pattern I planned to use. She described how the store was organized to me as though I had never heard of yarn before that day. Then she walked away and stood around chatting with the other employees (which I appreciated, since I don't always want people hanging over my shoulder when I'm selecting a yarn). When I made my selection, the employee explained to me how to use the swift and ball-winder. I said that I'd never been in a yarn shop where they didn't wind the yarn for you (and considering I was new to the shop and was purchasing 8 skeins of pretty expensive yarn, I'd have thought having it wound wasn't too much to ask). She explained that they simply didn't have the manpower to provide such a service, and then went back to standing around gossiping with the other employees. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?! Had I not been waiting to meet a friend, I'd have walked out right then. After that, the self-consciously hip employee asked me if I knew how to wind yarn at home - and explained to me (again, as though I'd never actually seen yarn before) that I should drape the skein around the back of a chair or have someone hold it while I wind it. Gee, ya think? I was very clear that I teach crochet and that I'd made many yarn purchases in my life. Yet, this employee continued to treat me as though I had wandered in never having knitted or crocheted a thing in my life. I have neither the time nor the patience for kids half my age doing the "hipper than thou" routine. On my next visit to San Francisco, I will not be visiting Imagiknit. There is nothing in that store that I couldn't get in Chicago, where I'd be treated as a valued customer instead of as a hopelessly un-hip nuisance.

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