Monthly Archives: September 2018

Hands up everyone, it is Friday!

This morning I arrived at the office with this typical Friday-weekend-mood. The weekend is close and I am already excited to start my Friday night plans with Katie, as we want to visit the mall and go to the cinema afterwards.

I was able to finish the button project today. So every Botton is sorted out, only one of each kind is kept into a box, sorted by their material. Afterwards, the project was supposed to pause as there were some steps that had to be done before continuing. But I will keep you updated how it goes on until the point when we are able to send them to shops that are interested

Just to remind you how many different kinds of buttons we have…Caution: You might get dizzy!

I won’t call this a freaky Friday because it has rather been a calm Friday and the tasks for today were pretty smooth and easy to go on. This day was mostly filled with some learning stuff I did online. I wanted to refresh my knowledge about google analytics, which is a software that allows to analyze the costumers behavior on a website and it provides general statistics and analytic tools that can be used for search engine optimization.

Afterwards I continued writing some new texts for the buttons, which again are supposed to be a description on the makers website. After finishing this, I continued working on the button project. This time, after everything was sorted out, I got to prick out a hole in each of the bags, so that afterwards we will be able to put them on a rings to send them.

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Piercing each of the bags will not be my favorite thing to do, but it has to be done. So I put on my headphones, turned on some good music and made my way through this hundreds of buttons while jamming to my favorite songs.

So now, close your eyes and imagine me standing in the conference room with a puncher in the hand, piercing each of the bags. I am lucky none of my coworkers filmed that scene…

I was not able to finish this task today, because there are just so many buttons…I will continue it on Monday and hopefully finish this step by then.

Alrighty, lets start into the weekend then!

Thursday everybody!

Today is my fourth day at Skacel, and what should I say? The button project needs to be finished. I was not able to finish the separation of all buttons, so I had to do this today. It is a very tiring task but it needs to be done and I am happy if I get to help my coworkers, so they have less stuff to work on.

But first things first:

Dear reader, please do not underestimate the amount of buttons!

I mean, there are hundreds of buttons with a huge diversity of designs and materials.

There are acrylic buttons, antler buttons, coconut buttons, corozo buttons and enamel buttons. There are also buttons made out of glass, horn, metal, plastic, shell or wood. They come in all different shapes and sizes.

I have do admit that not every designed seemed appealing to me, but I there is such a huge diversity of buttons, so everyone can find his favorite and pick the perfect button for his craft.

Even I, as a not-knitting-knitters-intern found some very cute buttons, that I can perfectly imagine on colorful patterns. Thus, you do need to know about be that I do not knit, but I used to do some sewing some time ago. So I am not that unused to the needlework industry.

Oh and I got this pretty cool thermo mug by Skacel. As I do not drink coffee, it is my closest friend in the mornings, serving me with some hot earl grey black tee to to get at least a little bit caffein in the morning. I am not a morning person, so this helps a lot to trundle in the morning. I will definitely take this super cute mug with me, back to Germany!img_0036.jpg
So the Thursday went by and I needed a short break of sorting out all these buttons, so I went to Candice and asked if she needs any help. This lead my to my next task: Writing search engine optimized descriptions for buttons, that are supposed to be published on the Makers’ Mercantile website below each button. That way, each button is supposed to get an individual description, always in the context of search engine optimization (short: SEO)

I have worked withe SEO before, so I know the importance of search engine optimized texts on a website.

For all of you, that do not know about SEO, here are some short facts:

  • SEO describes the process of improving the online visibility of a website
  • If you type something in your search engine, it will trawl through the web to suggest the results that most likely fit to your 
  • Search engine optimized texts can be found easier and faster by the search engine, so that you are able to find the makers mercantile website on the first page, in the first rankings of your search results

The next time when the Makers’ website pops up in your search results, think of us putting a lot of effort in our texts, so you are able to find us quickly.

Third day, not Thursday but Wednesday already!

Feet up, this one is coming flat….

It is poster time! Did not expect this super cool task when I went into office this morning. Katie asked me if a would be interested in designing a poster, together with our graphic-genius Candice. The poster is supposed to support the #10000NewKnitters project. And what should I say? I had so much fun working creatively on this poster. And if you ask me, I think it turned out great! What do you think about it?

I enjoy it so much being able to work in a creative flow with creative people. Really recognized missing that working in Germany.

I also, again, worked on social media by replying questions or reaction on posts that were published by fans and all of those faithful knitters out there. So do not resist to contact @Skacelknitting instagram or on any other platform and make, lucky me, I get to answer your comment or your question 🙂

BUT THEN IT HAPPENED. I did not see It coming but suddenly I found myself in a conference room, filled with buckets full of buttons. At this point, the button project became a thing. It is supposed to be a traveling trunk show: I sorted out one button of each kind, which then is supposed to be send to clients, together with all the other buttons and our catalog, so they are able to actually see the product they maybe want to buy afterwards. This project is supposed to increase the sales and it will take me several days do sort out each button.

Because…                             Wow, there are SO MANY BUTTONSIMG_0195

I can barely remember the most already by now but I think I have already figured out some of my favorite buttons: I really like the wood buttons, because thy feel really tender holding them in the hand. But my highlight have definitely been the dog buttons. They made me laugh harder than they probably should, but they are just to cute!

It is just so much work to go trough all these boxes and pick out only one button of each kind, because there are just so many different buttons.

Hopefully I do not dream about buttons tonight and if I do, little Hankie might comfort me. Hank is the dog of my boss, Karin Skacel, who is my host at the same time. Thankfully Hank, who sometimes functions as an office dog, appreciates our little cuddles in the morning as much as I do.

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 T U E S D A Y

Yes, you read correctly. No, I am not trying to improve my English spelling. It is just that I was not able to find any title catchier than this. So, catch it!

I also found out that my name is a part of the famous chocolate bar called Larabar. I might have trolled my friends telling them that I own my own chocolate company now, as they know how obsessed I am with chocolate.

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Tuesday, my second day at Skacel. And I have got to say: I like these guys. Sitting in an office with Katie and Rob is just one of the funniest things to experience in a office.

I if anyone from the company reads that, are you guys used hearing these strange noises out of the office?

I think I will get used to them doing strange noises. I already got used to their awesome kind of humor! So, keep on doing these things guys!

1000newknitterslogoOn my second day of shift I started with writing some text for several social media platforms. This task was supported by the #10000newKnitters project, so I wrote some texts for this project to be published on Facebook and Instagram. Therefor, maybe some of the next posts that will be published have written be me.

No autographs, though!

I also worked on designing a template for the 10.000 New Knitters Newsletter. That was a lot of fun, especially because normally I am not able to work on the creative parts of a marketing project, except organization and writing texts, so this was really something I did enjoy. Moreover, I got to try out a little bit on photoshop and adobe illustrator what I enjoyed a lot as well, because I was the first time I got to work with it at all. So trying around and doing stuff with these programs really expanded my skills. This internship is such an awesome possibility to try out new things in general, because I always get asked if there is something new that I want to learn or if I want to deepen my knowledge on any of my tasks, which is just great. I also have the possibility to do some online courses and video classes to collect some theoretical knowledge, what I usually write down and print out afterwards, so that I have something consisting for my knowledge when I go back to Germany. I really think that this internships and all the possibilities, as well as the patience everybody has to give me the time I want to, if I feel like depending something I want to learn, brings me forward in my career but also in my personal skills.

So, this was my second day at this company. I am really curious to see, how it goes on. Are you curious as well? Then continue following this blog!

Day 1 everybody, DAY ONE!

Wow, what an exiting thing. Working for a company in Germany for over one year now, I’m am not used to be the new one anymore.

But well, what should I say? Except the jet-leg, I had a pretty good start in the office. At least I think so, actually never asked my coworkers about what they thought.

My first day started off very smoothly. Karin Skacel, this awesome and strong woman that owns the company, introduced me to everybody and lead me through the whole office to show me everything. Then I met Katie, who actually is the person with the goofiest jokes in the whole office, and she is supposed to be my kickback.

So:

Dear Katie,

If I do something wrong, please don’t stop bringing me cookies and other sweet tidbits!

And if you do something wrong, don’t pin it on the intern! 😉

Katie was (and still she is) very kind and gave me the possibility to simply sniff around in their social media campaigns and their web just to get an impression of their corporate image and their corporate identity. To cut a long story short: I got a first impression of the whole company and its digital appearance.

Afterwards I started working on their Ravelry and their Pinterest account by myself as I was supposed to compliment their inboards with things and patterns, that I think would look good. They really appreciate the “international view” on things and are curious to get to see the European impression on all this patterns and craftwork. All in all a smooth start into the week, an awesome start into the business of Skacel.

It was a good day to start, or rather to continue this adventure of a lifetime.

AND I had my first American burrito for lunch. What a day!IMG_0031

The not-knitting-knitter-intern

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Skacel and Makers Mercantile® recently welcomed a German intern by the name of Lara Ross to their team. An enthusiastic, happy go lucky gal with excellent English and a fabulous sense of humor, Lara is an excellent fit for our company.  But,  Lara is not a knitter.  Nor does she crochet, weave or spin. She actually isn’t that crafty at all.  We found that very interesting, as her perspective on our world is so much different than our own.  What Lara IS, is a  is a media science student, and so we came to the conclusion that she should be writing a daily blog of her experiences here at skacel and Makers’ Mercantile®. Sort of an outside perspective of the all the interesting and sometimes whacky and weird things we do in our industry to make things happen – both on the wholesale and the retail level.

And so it begins….


Ready for takeoff? 3…2…1…- wait! I forgot to take my pretzels with me!

This is me, Lara – the German intern at Skacel. And I do not want to disappoint anyone, but I usually do not bring pretzels for lunch. I am 21 years old, native in a small town close to Frankfurt. What brought me here? Well, actually it was a very distinctive curiosity to go out and see the world, connected to an ambition of working internationally. And so, I arrived in the US, for the first time of my life.

Therefor, working in the US is a totally new experience for me, as well as for my coworkers, that are not quite used to having an intern. But there we go! Quickly ran into some awesome people in the office that welcomed me in such a heartwarming way. They have a great sense of humor and are always up for a good joke…Or something good to eat, that could be an important aspect as well. So, we will all see how it goes and how long they can bear this “awesome” German accent.

Right now I am just surrounded by this awesome people, that are always friendly and helpful, just enjoying this whole experience as an intern at Skacel and Makers Mercantile®

I will keep you updated!

Fridays with Franklin: Gone Sailin’

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My friends, I’ve been at sea leading a knitting cruise; and we have landed in Bermuda after across seas as smooth as glass and blue beyond blue.

But as you can see below, I’ve brought Maker’s Mercantile with me.

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Hamilton, Bermuda. #placesyoucanknit

The color of Zitron Trekking XXL Sport Sock that I’m using, Number 1406, has proven to be an uncannily perfect match to the blue of the water and more than a few of the beautiful buildings here in Hamilton.

I’m working these as plain socks in a solid color on addi FlexiFlips, and I’m going to embroider them with duplicate stitch motifs as a sort of companion/sequel to the Bee Socks–which were also knit in Trekking XXL Sport. Yeah…I love this yarn. It’s the not just the clear colors that get me, it’s the quality. The strength. It lasts. I know I can trust it not to wear out in a month.

 

I’ll be back home soon, and see you next Friday with the latest on the knitted crazy quilt project.

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