The organizers at our next show expressed an interest in handspun yarn. We have plenty of that floating around, but none of it was inventoried. This weekend, in addition to spinning another 220 yards of Holiday Extravaganza, Momma and I (Kirstin) spent hours getting the yarn priced and standardized. This is my least favorite part of the operation.
First we entered each skein in Mom’s detailed inventory spreadsheet. That was tedious, but it’s not nearly so bad as tagging. Every skein has four or five tags: a price tag (on a separate string to be cut off at the time of purchase), a care instructions/alpaca history tag, a description of the yarn, and the alpaca’s business card. Each of the alpacas has a personalized business card with their picture and biography on it, which we attach to yarn made from their fiber. These tags are much loved by our customers.
That’s a ton of tags. But at least we won’t be up until 2 AM the night before the show getting them all done. The worst part is probably deciding on a price. Every 90 yard skein of Holiday Extravaganza represents easily 8 hours of work. At $13 per skein, that’s…$1.60 per hour. Good thing we’re in this because we love our animals, crafting and each other. Although, after a morning listening to me whine about pricing, Momma might have been having second thoughts on spending “special” time with me 🙂