I had fun at the ranch on Sunday. It was good to reconnect with the alpaca owners for a few hours. The baby alpacas are so adorable and I did pick out a fleece for next spring amongst them. He is white with hints of fawn within his fleece. Last year's crias are so big now - these animals grow so fast but still remain docile. It is always good to meet the folks that come to the open house. Some have never seen an alpaca before and many are not aware of all of the items one can create with their fibers. The little kids adored the alpacas especially the toddlers. We had really good weather for the event considering the day before was snowing and rainy.
Although I didn't sell any yarn I did receive some good feedback from customers. Yardage matters to them and knowing what projects they can make with a skein is very helpful. I'm going to rework/add to the skeins I have fiber for this week prior to trying to sell them locally or in the shop. Product descriptions will be tweaked to give good project information to shoppers for our yarns and let them know how to combine skeins for that special project.
Given yardage requirements I am going to revisit my pricing of the yarn too. If it will take more than a skein to complete a project I need to make sure the material cost doesn't exceed a customers budget for the finished project.
ATAR will be opening up the shop more often especially doing the holiday season. I have agreed to man the shop on Saturdays which will give me a dedicate time to create items along with some potential sales. It is good to have a variety of outlets for merchandising and will be fun to help in promoting the venue.