Snow Day

 

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What do you do with a snow day? Here you are with many, many inches, possibly feet of snow or perhaps sleet and freezing rain. The Weather Service has said to stay off the roads and you of course comply.

Now what do you do? Did you see this coming and bring work home with you? Is it a “free day”; an opportunity to try that new pattern you’ve been dying to start? Do you make another cup of coffee, turn on the movie channel and try to finish the project you are currently knitting? Or are you a good “Do Bee” and use this time to clean and do laundry? Is it a good time to reorganize your Tupperware or your dresser drawers?

If you have kids home, then what? I don’t have any so my experience is based on childhood.

Most winters the living room table was used for jigsaw puzzles and then we had the game closet. Growing up on a farm, chores have to be done regardless of the weather, but most Sunday afternoons my father, brother, sister and I would be at the kitchen table playing board games or cards. I knew how to play Canasta and Pinochle long before my feet could reach the floor. Who am I kidding, my feet barely reach the floor now! My point is that we did these things together, not in our own rooms, on our own devices.

Of course, if it’s just snowing, get out in it and have some fun. Just stay off the roads.

Smile, relax and knit,

Andrea

 

Get Back the Zeal

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I was assisting a fairly new knitter recently, helping her to bind off and sew in the ends. Then she put it on, saying it was the first piece she had ever finished.

Her excitement at her accomplishment reminded me of how we all once felt when we completed our projects, but have forgotten as the pile of the unfinished has grown in the corner.

Often I hear knitters say, “my sweater is finished, I just have to sew it together”, or a statement to that effect. And I think NO, finishing is part of knitting. Your piece is not done until it is wearable or useable.

My thought to regain that zeal, we address the pile, “Hello Pile”, then jump in with both feet or dip in a tepid toe and begin. If you need help with a project, here are some suggestions: come see us, give us a call or send an email, visit your local yarn shop, try the knitting group at the library or just “phone a friend”. But start working your way through that pile. Each successive achievement will make you feel better.

Of course, you will no longer have the age old excuse, “I can’t buy any more yarn. I have too many unfinished projects at home”. But I’m sure that can be easily rectified.

Smile, relax and knit,

Andrea

Savor the Moment

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It’s been a busy and fast summer here. Shelley and I both got in some family time and I had some minor surgery. I’m fine, everything is in working order.

Suddenly Fall has arrived, along with new yarns to be unpacked and put out. This process always involves rearranging part or all of the store; a brain teaser. For example: I unpacked one of our reordered yarns and it was in a pull skein, not the donut shape it had been before. Can’t go on a dowel, can’t go with all the other donut yarns of the same weight. Solution: move them all.

My way of going about this is to think it through, usually from the middle of the store. If this yarn goes to that wall, then that yarn can go there and so on, for as many moves as it takes. I am always reminded of the line from the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. “Don’t move until you see it”. Still of course, like moving furniture, you never know if it works until it’s done.

As you settle into Autumn, trying to get school, sports, job and other activities all working harmoniously, we will be finding ideas for your game day and evening knitting. Sometimes our busy schedules can feel like a hassle, but many of these events are centered around family and friends. Take time to savor the moment.

Smile, relax and knit,

Andrea

 

 

Need

” I don’t need any more yarn.” It’s the common reply to “is there anything I can help you with today?” I usually smile and say, “but it’s not about need.”

Sometimes I get curious about the meaning of words, as opposed to common usage, so I pull out Webster and take a look. There were many, however a few definitions seem to apply uniquely to knitters.

I. Lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful.

This could mean your stash is getting low or more likely the yarn you need for your next project is not in your stash. Possibly there is a yarn that will work, it’s just not what you want. For this piece you covet something more distinguished, perhaps a one of a kind, hand-dyed to make your creation really special.

II. Condition requiring supply or relief.

So you have finished one, maybe two of those projects that were hanging around. Now you get to replenish, resupply without feeling guilty. No need to sheepishly sneak your yarn into the house. Oops, baaad pun.

III. To be in want.

You see it, you touch it, you can’t put it down. Some yarns are like Sirens. They call out, you two were fated to be together. Very little arm twisting is necessary.

Finally my favorite: Physiological or psychological requirement for the well being of an organism.

To me this is interpreted as, buying yarn that makes you feel good is simply “food for the soul”.

There was a time when we knit to make less expensive clothing than we could buy. Now, with raw materials and production and shipping costs the scale is not always tipped toward the local yarn shop. We knit because we love it. Therefore we should use yarns that bring us contentment and joy.

When I think of how few yarns were available to me, as a child, compared to the myriad of fibers, textures and colors that are on the market today, I am indeed grateful. No matter how large or small your stash, as knitters there is one thing we all  know. Buying more yarn is rarely ever about “need”.

Smile, relax and knit,

Andrea

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