Sunday, November 15, 2009
life must be good
It's the only conclusion I can come to when the worst news I've heard in a long time is that my LYS is going to close at the end of the year.
For me, it's not so much the loss of an awesome, close to home resource for all things knitting (a knitter/crocheter can get those things delivered to their mailbox any day of the week)...it's more the loss of a community I've come to regard as family. You just can't find this group of folks hanging out together anywhere else in town. The cultural and educational diversity that I've found in the gathering space at City Knitting is beyond imagination. I've made many friends in the past 3 yrs that I never would have encountered in my daily life if not for that particular gathering space.
Looking back now, I realize that I took several classes for their social value rather than the knowledge of technique they imparted. It's always been about the community for me. You can buy yarn anywhere, it's much more difficult to find new friends while living a busy life.
I imagine I'll might have a cleaner house and maybe spend more time actually knitting but those things pale in comparison to hanging out with the gang at City Knitting. There will be a big empty place in my heart.
I wish Lorilee well in her future endeavors and I know her family will appreciate having her around home more. The rigors of owning your own business are many.
My mind will be set to the task of finding a suitable place to gather after the doors close for the last time. There are those of us that need the community to maintain good mental health (especially me) and with a bit of effort we may be able to keep it together.
For now though I'll be sad at the loss - cause I'm selfish that way!