So, I had an internship this summer! I was blessed by the opportunity to be able to do it at my LYS (local yarn store), Yarntopia! My major (international studies) requires an internship (and a study abroad, whoop!) at some point. So, by working at Yarntopia, I was able to fufill that requirement *and* get 3 hours of credit for it. (Which brings my summer total up to a whopping 9 credit hours. #summerschool)
You might know that I’ve worked at Yarntopia before, but it was a bit more casual. I was teaching a bit, and would work a day here or there whenever I was needed. But I didn’t come in on a regular basis, I wasn’t around all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes in a yarn store. But this summer… I got to experience everything. Or, close to everything, haha.
My boss, and the owner of Yarntopia, Sheryl, is one of the sweetest and kindest women I know. She enabled me to gain a larger understanding as to what really goes on in a yarn store – the ups and the downs. To me, this was the experience of a lifetime. This is what I ultimately want to do (but who knows what God will bring my way in the future) and to be able to kind of experience everything before finding things out on my own, was amazing.
Throughout the weeks that I was there, I was able to meet so many amazing people and get to know the ones I already knew even better. It was so much fun to see some of the ladies walk in through out the summer and have a growing friendship with them! Whether I was helping to fix a knitting mistake, teach a class, find the perfect yarn for a project, or just knitting and laughing with them, I was always having a blast. Which makes the whole experience even cooler – in addition to earning college credit, learning about the business, being surrounded by yarn, I was having a blast. I had so much fun just listening to everyone laugh and enjoy themselves while I piddled around or sitting and knitting. I had so much fun with everyone! But especially Sheryl, we got to spend a lot of time together just being in the store.
I had so much fun and I learned so much. Yarntopia definitely made my summer amazing and I’m going to miss it and the wonderful Yarntopia community.