Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas, knitting, and transitions

Christmas is coming soon. L's exams are finished. She met up with some friends for lunch, and I went to sit in my soon-to-be-departed knitting shop to wait and knit for an hour or so.

When the shop closes, I'll be looking for a place to knit, but I don't think I'll find any spot quite so congenial, or one that will open up quite such an interesting network of friends and aquaintances. Without the bonhomie, I don't think I would have finished so many projects (started, yes, but finished? I don't think so!) It's hard to keep a small business going on your own, as B has tried to do, especially in the present economy (no, we're not booming; quite the contrary). I'm a rather shy person, so coming every week, not really knowing who will be there, has been an interpersonal challenge!

However, I think B is landing on her feet, and this experience has been a positive one for her. There are plans to keep meeting somewhere else, maybe on Saturday or in the evening. So who knows what's in store for 2007? I know I have 3 projects on my needles (a sweater, a scarf, and a lace shawl), so I'll keep going, one stitch, then one row, at a time . . .


angela said...

I think it's a pity when these small businesses are forced to close. We have lots of supermarkets but very few malls, thank goodness. We do still have specialist shops where people recognise you and I too try to help by supporting them like buying bread from the boulangerie instead of the supermarket.
Actually that's a no brainer because there's no competition as regards taste.(as you'd know)
Hope you find a nice place to hold your knitting circle.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your knitting.
I am busy knitting a couple of Christmas stocking right now - post about it will be up in my blog tomorrow.

Would love to see photos of your projects.