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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hoo-ray for Albert!

(quick note - thanks to anyone who has clicked on the skull-candy banner. If you haven't yet, it's over on the top of my sidebar! I've answered Q's about my headphones at the bottom of the post.

Also - thanks for the links to Vic knitting groups. I will check them out after I finish this post)

Eager to extend my knit-picks-bits, and use my $50 tapestry craft voucher, I have been calling Tapestry Craft regularly to find out if they had gotten in their extra shipment of knit-picks-bits.

Yesterday I called at about 4pm, spoke to the owner, Albert, and he told me that he was just opening the box with all the extra bits in it as he was talking to him, and if I went in-store today, I would be able to pick-up the bits I wanted.

Tapestry craft today was a bit hectic. There was a beginners crochet tutorial happening, and 3 sales attendants on the floor inundated with customers all asking difficult questions, looking for certain patterns and dye-lots.

To begin with I was a bit concerned as I didn't see any knit-picks paraphernalia anywhere - however, once I asked Albert rushed downstairs and ushered me into the back room where he then started to pull stock out of a cardboard box...

due to the busy morning the knit-picks stock hadn't yet been checked off against the invoice or put into their sales system....

but - SQUEE! - Albert let me pick what I wanted to take, and then found his price list and calculated whether it would be worth buying separate tips and cords, or the "chunky" set with some items I already had (and didn't need more of). Of course, this took some time - and was very nice of him to do it, as I was only going to buy the option that was cheaper for me.

I also grabbed the 15cm DPNs as well as some extra pockets. I came home with the following loot...
Of course, Albert was fantastic. He had to work out the retail price for each item (not in the system yet!) And then he had to figure out how to put the purchase through the til (again, not in the system) - and while this was going on he managed to answer the phone to get details of a dyelot someone was trying to match, and get the ball rolling on a special order for another instore customer without neglecting me.

Of course, what I was really happy with is that the prices for the knit-picks-bits were exactly the same as I have seen elsewhere - and I now have all of the interchangeable tip sizes, extra cords in the two smaller sizes, and DPNs in 2.0 - 3.25mm - and they all fit in the folder with the extra pockets I bought today. Nice and neat - I need all the help I can get to be tidy, so hopefully this system works!

I bought all the DPNs as I have a feeling I may be needing them to make my rockin' sock club socks. Now that I have the right sizes I will be starting on the Monsoon sock - and once I have used the DPNs I will be sharing my long-awaited review of the knit-picks.

The smaller circulars (that aren't available as interchangeable) and larger DPNs (in the 20cm size) I will probably purchase as I require them.

Oh - and because the knit-picks-bits aren't in the system yet, they won't show up on the website. If you're keen and unable to get to the store, I'd suggest giving them a call - I'm sure they would be keen to help you out, just as I was today.

A very weird moment...

I caught the bus home today and got quite a shock... this add was up in the bus 4 times...


What's so shocking about this add? well, see that tall figure on the right? She has my head...

And my name... She used to have my date of birth (but different year) but they seemed to have changed that a bit - they tend to keep me about 21! I'm not sure I really needed a body double though, I am rather proud of my figure...

So there was really 5 of me (or my head, really) catching the same bus home...

And what really cracked me up is this bit....

Have you got what it takes???? Well, I was medically discharged from the Navy, so I guess I didn't really have what it takes after all. Oh well... at least I can say I'm a model for a national advertising campaign....

And more free advertising for skullcandy

To answer Jejune's question's about how comfortable teh skull-candy earbuds are - I hate laying awake at night when I can't sleep, and Tuffer's hated it when I put the light on to read. I found these earbuds so comfortable that I could listen to audiobooks, lie on my side, and even fall asleep and when I woke up I didn't have any discomfort (except I missed quite a few chapters of my book) - I could never do that with my other ipod headphones.

Also to cater to different sized ears -


The include different sized rubber comfort plugs to go over the tip of buds. Like goldilocks, I find the small ones too small, the large ones too large, but the mediums ones just right. They stay in my ears while I'm running to catch a bus, but remain very comfy.

A couple of other features I like - you get a cute travel case for the earbuds, and there is a volume control on the cord, so you don't have to go fumbling in your bag for your ipod if you want to adjust the volume.

4 comments:

Jejune said...

Thanks for the earphone info - sounds like I'd better give them a try!

How totally bizarre about appearing in the Navy ad... I suppose that once you join up you sign over permission for them to use your photo in advertising campaigns?

Very keen to hear what you think of the Knit Picks needles - they're on my birthday wish list! And wonderful to have received such excellent service from Albert :D

Katie said...

Yes, weird about being in the ad. Did you give them permission? Are they paying you?

Ginny said...

I clicked on the banner...

I haven't found earbuds I cans leep in, need them for the same reason - the ones I have so far wake me with ear pain after a while. I'll see if I can find these in the UK - or maybe wait till I'm in Sydney next year!

Weird +++ re the ads - not sure I'd be happy with that. Do you sign away all your rights regarding this sort of thing when you're in the armed forces?

No Knitpicks still here, so looking forward to hearing the reviews.

Emily (Ginny on blog)

Jejune said...

Just letting you know I got a pair of the pink Skullcandy Smokin' Buds today (took a while to find them, Dick Smith Electronics had a good range).

They are SERIOUSLY EXCELLENT - the first time I've EVER found comfortable earphones. The smallest size covers work well for me, and my ears don't hurt at all. So thanks! I wouldn't have found these for ages (if at all) otherwise.