Friday, May 25, 2007

Did I do that?



A little bit of yarn may have climbed aboard the good ship Becher as we sailed through Chicago. The people at 'Lorna's Laces' were extremely fun and very welcoming and helpful as I successfully navigated my first purchase in the yarn biz. It was overwhelming, stepping into a gigantic (yes, the Pixies song was playing in my brain) concrete warehouse, with scary, open stairs and noisy industrial fans and tools... there is a lot going on in those warehouse districts... and suddenly a terribly cute girl shows up to lead me into what is basically a humongous dye kitchen, full of people in spotty clothes, busily painting wool. I nearly passed out from the coolness they were exuding, all these funky, artsy people getting paid to play with yarn. How did I not know about these career choices as a kid? I mean, my mom was a potter, for crying out loud.


I finally lept over the edge and can say with absolute certainty that my last shy bone has broken. Our first evening in Milwaukee, my husband took me to a bookstore, as I've been hunting a certain Kaffe Fassett book, and we'd passed a Borders en route to dinner. I popped in whilst everyone else digested in the car. Instead of Kaffe, I found Vicki. (Hey girl... how's the sock coming along?) I just plopped myself down and started chatting yarn and stuff. She had this way cool knitting tote, and as I didn't think I'd be able to sneak it past her with the toe of my shoe, I had to finally ask where she'd found it. It came with a magazine which I've never seen before... a tall number titled "Simply Knitting" from across the pond. And, apparently every issue comes with some sort of goodie for knitters. Thanks for the head's up, Miss V, and for not freaking out and running for security when a strange, knitterly woman approached you. It was a bit out of character for me... Rhonda, quit snorting derisively, I was really nervous... what if I'd scared her? It was just so wonderful to be out and about and to spot one of my own kind.


Now, I will close with what happens when there is a new skein of Koigu and grandparents to watch over the children...

Tomorrow I will share the 'stash enhancement' from the Milwaukee trip, plus what's hot and what's NOT about yarn shops. Also, I have a story about a long-horn cow and a camel... but you'll have to come back tomorrow, reader. For now, go knit. Cami

5 comments:

LotusKnits said...

That is a shit ton of LL! (can i say shit here?) Wow. That's a serious purchase madame! Congrats on getting your shop under way. I can't wait to see all the yummies!

Annalea said...

In another life, I'd love to be a LYS lady. Playing with all of that gorgeous wool . . . and getting to BUY all of it! lol Plus the added bonus of not needing to feel guilty for not knitting all of it before buying more, because someone else then gets to buy it. Absolute stashing knitter's heaven.

Maybe someday . . . if I don't discover another purpose for my life after the kids are grown.

Where's your store going to be? I'm curious to see it, so fess up on the url, girl. ;o)

v_kolman said...

Miss V here (I like that nickname!). Just emailed you back but I finished that first "cheat" sock (tube sock to everyone else, no heel) and I've started the second. No way did you scare me off, although I'm normally shy around people I don't know, but I loved your enthusiasm.

RedRhonda said...

Welcome home, friend. I'm glad to read your trip was successful in many ways and I can't wait to get my hands on some of that yarn! You're getting awfully popular - since when am I your fourth commenter?

Crystal said...

OOOOH what is the one in the back middle there. Is that the bittersweet or the sassy stripe sock? Or something else maybe. I love it!