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I just spent a week at the Knit Picks warehouse in Ohio. Heaven. Really nice folks, and a huge building bursting with yarn (and fabric and paint!). What a fun job I have! I got to see the staff making the Carmen Bananas Kits, and the holiday ornaments kits. I had packed light, since the warehouse is definitely dress casual, so I had room to buy a Carmen Bananas kit, and some of the hand-painted stroll yarns. And I got some duller green yarn to make my DH some socks (he has some trousers that color). I had to restrain myself, though! I'm a terrible string addict. I really wanted the Holiday Ornaments kit - I think those knitted strings of colored lights are about the cleverest things I've ever seen. But I've committed to making snowmen this year, so I just couldn't justify getting the ornaments kit. Sigh. Don't they say "It's not what you did do that you regret, it's what you didn't do"?

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Comment by AmyL on September 1, 2009 at 11:34am
Hi Sock Girl,
Here's the info from our "About Us" page about visiting the warehouse. We don't do retail sales there, since it's not set up for it, but you can definitely take a tour!

"We also have a distribution center in Columbus, OH at 1250 Boltonfield St, Columbus, OH 43228. We built it there to help keep our shipping costs low. It’s just a big warehouse, but if you want to visit it, be our guest. Just call or e-mail us first to set up an appointment."
Comment by AmyL on September 1, 2009 at 11:30am
Hi FuntoCreate,
I just checked. You can tour our facilities by calling or emailing and making an appointment, but orders have to go through the regular order process. ;( The warehouse definitely isn't set up to do retail. It is crazy-busy, and everybody moves fast to get orders filled and out the door. It's neat to see how a warehouse works, though. I hadn't really thought about what happens after I place an order. (And I place a *lot* of online orders.)

If you are ever out in the Pacific NW, I would highly recommend coming by our headquarters. You might even get to cuddle the original Mr. Foster. (I have a photo of him hanging out in my cube. I need to frame it and put it next to my signed William Shatner Star Trek photos!)
Comment by Sock Girl on September 1, 2009 at 11:21am
What is the address of the warehouse? We are in Campbellsville, KY and would love to have a few girlfriends go for a road trip!! Can you buy yarn while there?
Comment by funtocreate on September 1, 2009 at 10:19am
I didn't know that anyone could tour the warehouse in Columbus. I live in West Virginia, just an hour or so from Columbus and would love to tour the facility. Can anyone purchase items at the warehouse or was that just a perk of a GRAND and GLORIOUS job?
Comment by AmyL on September 1, 2009 at 7:07am
I work for Knit Picks as a software engineer, so I was there to review the warehouse software applications and processes. I just also happen to be a *girl* and an avid knitter. (I'm the only female IT employee.) It's a really fun combo. I've always worked in natural resource management and medicine before this, so it is different and fun to work with a topic that really interests me.

Though I believe anyone is welcome to take a tour of our headquarters (Vancouver, WA), or our warehouse (Columbus, OH). We had a group of New Zealand quilters come through HQ a few weeks ago.
Comment by Sock Girl on September 1, 2009 at 5:25am
I did not know you could go to the KP warehouse. Did you have to set it up ahead of time?
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 31, 2009 at 7:51pm
Wow! That is a visit I would love to make. I only live about 2-3 hours from the warehouse... so I always get my orders very fast! And I can just imagine working with all of those wonder yarns, kits, etc. I envy you!

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