Hair Brained and Hi-Tech

Despite a sinus infection and being short handed last week, I had an “AH HA!” moment and managed to enact a brilliant new plan.  Well, at least I think it is brilliant.  I hope you do too.
Keeping up with our samples has always been a struggle.  We make nice little tags for them, telling what yarn and pattern was used, etc.  But say you go on vacation and your #1 helper gets attacked by a mule, how is someone who doesn’t work very often find the pattern?
Back in the old days when all patterns were from books & magazines, it was a bit simpler.  Now with free online and downloads taking over the pattern world, it becomes much more complicated.
Before I left I bought an iPod so Lori could take pictures of customer’s projects.  Let’s just say I’ve gone a bit crazy finding other uses for the iPod.  So with all of this information swimming around in my head I decided QR codes were our answer.
You may be wondering what in the heck is a QR code.  It is this funny little symbol. There are apps for smart phones that read these codes.  It usually takes you to a website that gives you more information.
I have now generated and affixed QR Codes to all of our shop samples. When scanned it will tell you:

  • If the pattern is available for purchase in our shop it will pull up a page with the name of the pattern, a picture of the pattern’s cover and our item number so we can tell if it is in stock on our computer.
  • If the pattern is available as a purchased download, it will take you to the place (usually Ravelry) where the pattern can be purchased. With Ravelry’s nifty in-store pattern sales we can even make the purchase and print the pattern for you.
  • If it is a FREE pattern, the code will link to the pattern.  We can text or email you the link, or go more lo-tech and print it off for you.

The goal of this project was to make our customer service more efficient.  If you are handy with a smart phone and like to help yourself, you can scan these QR Codes too.

If you are planning a yarn buying excursion on Wednesday, don’t come late in the afternoon our you’ll be trampled by a zillion trick-or-treaters.  Downtown trick-or-treat starts at 4 and it will be crazy.
Check out Mason in his cute prince costume! He wore it to the fall carnival at school on Friday. He was really perturbed that people keep calling him a king and not a prince. He has a point, do you ever hear someone say “what a cute little queen” to a girl in a princess outfit?
I also made him a Saint Patrick costume for the All Saints’ Day Parade on Thursday.  We’re not talking a leprechaun with a pot of gold and a mug of green beer, so it’s not like you can go out and by a costume or pattern.  I had to make this one up myself.  I’ll get a picture of him in it soon!  It turned out really cute, well for a saint costume at least.
I’m off to see what other hair-brained ideas I can conjure up this week!

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