Kidoodles Biography

In business since 1978

Sandy the creator of Kidoodles started her knitting career in the late 1970's.  Prior to that she had learned to crochet from Aunt Jane and her Grandmother, but the source of patterns for crochet wearable garments was very limited and due to the length of time it took to finish anything hand knitted, soon discovered a machine knitting shop and our first machine was a  Studio 360.  

We began knitting for our family and friends.  Gifts for weddings and birthdays produced lots of afghans and sweaters.   A beauty salon that opened had an area at the front of the shop to let crafters display and sell their items.   We set up with baby sets and afghans and also displayed two sweaters with the 2 nearest high school colors and logos.  That began the custom knitting business.   The work was enjoyable but we found it was sometimes hard to know what people wanted or would buy.  With custom knitting you learn a lot about people.  99% of my customers were very happy with their order, but once in awhile you'd get the customer who, no matter what you did, wasn't pleased, would not pickup the order or pay.   Although this rarely happened we decided to open shop.

In August of 1983 we moved to a larger home and turned a large room and two adjacent rooms into our knit studio.  At this time, the singer representative contacted us to sell the Singer brand and we opened Kidoodles.

One fall, the Singer rep was to demo machines at the Grand Opening of the new Aunt Mary's Yarn Store, but was unable to get a hotel room because of the Notre Dame home football games.  He then asked Sandy to take his place.  We had the shop, but did demos at the store also.  Soon Sandy  was asked to work full time at the store, selling machines and yarns. At the Aunt Mary's store we started a great knit club and had lots of people attend.  Each month we had show and tell, someone did a demo, and we all shared.  Since running a home based knit shop is hard work with not a lot of money coming in, we did this for a time.  When the store moved, Sandy went back to working at the studio full time.

Later when Brother came out with the G-Carriage and so many people wanted it, we became a Brother dealer.  But having 2 distributors very close, competing for sales wasn't easy.  When a good friend mentioned that she was doing production knitting for a company,  Sandy contacted the company and began doing production work.  At about the same time Alles, from News and Views contacted Sandy and asked her to become a regular contributing author for the monthly magazine.  Sandy had previously sent in some patterns that were published.   Seeing your work in print sure is an ego boost and having people from all over contact you is fabulous.  Shop sales were slow but the production and writing sure kept us busy.  Sandy also began to write and publish her own patterns and books.  

Soon, Sandy  was asked to write patterns for the production company.   This keeps us very active learning new techniques, improving  on old ones, devising ways to make the time more productive and best of all getting to play and work with new yarns.  One of the best things we have learned with the production knitting is experimenting and combining yarns and coming up with something truly unique.  A one of a kind blend that isn't marketed, or using up last years yarns and combining them with a yarn that isn't so great and making it actually work up into something fantastic. 

Several years ago Sandy developed disabling RSD and Fibromyalgia and the rest of the family continues to maintain the business.

Affectionately,

Kim and Sandy
 

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   Updated Thursday June 08, 2006