November 22, 2019
Around the beginning of November, a particular species of customer emerges from hibernation and makes its way into yarn stores. In the interest of science, let us take some time to learn about this specimen.
Consumerus Non Artis, or "the Non-Crafting Consumer", is primarily motivated by a strong desire to find well thought out gifts to solicit joy and appreciation from the closely related species, Consumerus Pro Artis. They may be easily spotted in the wild by the slightly intimidated look with which they regard the many types of yarn, needles, and notions.
This confusion may often be fixed slightly by the intervention of trained handlers (also called staff members), who will intervene as needed to help direct the Non Artis towards likely items.
Occasionally, members of the crafting species will believe themselves to be Non Artis, until sufficient exposure to soft, luxurious yarn in a pleasing array of colours causes them to reveal themselves. This transformation is not unlike observing the transition from caterpillar to butterfly: the individual will seek out a large variety of supplies and lessons, disappear into a cocoon, and then appear weeks or even months later garbed in a stunning array of colour as they find their wings.
For those of you who have friends or relatives who may belong to this species, it is useful and often necessary to provide them with hints and keywords that they can exclaim to the staff member, in order to best find items that would be pleasing to you. Some examples:
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