Dec 29, 2006

Knitting's Dark Side

Y'all. I'm in Texas visiting my brother and SIL. It's strange to be back in Tejas after a 10-year absence, but that is not what this post is about. I started writing this post in my head a couple of weeks ago and a short visit to Twisted Yarns just reminded me to post it.

I write instead to the crazylove given to the LYS. I understand, of course, that there are many very nice and lovely and welcoming shops but I've gotta say that those are rare. Two of my favorites have been Kraemer Yarn Shop in Nazareth, PA and Woolcott & Co in Cambridge, MA.

They all may be local and unique, but my complaint for each is the same. In Bethlehem, it was Tangled Yarns. You practically had to twist Barbara's arm to order something for you and then you'd be lucky to get a call when it was in. More recently, it's Montoya and even CloseKnit in Evanston. I was psyched to have two(!) LYS so close to my new house when we closed last year but that ship has sailed.

I have gone to these stores straight out of bed with a skull sweater and bedhead as well as after work looking like a well-dressed commuter but I'm usually treated like a crackhead (at worst) or a girl from a rival sorority (at best) when I need assistance.

The most recent example: I rushed into CloseKnit right before closing to buy some Lamb's Pride for a last-minute gift. I asked how long until they closed as soon as I walked in and was shortly informed '5 minutes.' I put my World Market bag down inside the door so as not to crash around the shop with it and I swear to God the woman there looked at it as if it contained a bomb. In less than 2 minutes, I had my yarn and needles at the register and a new knitter came in to ask about the Lamb's Pride Bulky she'd recently purchased from them to make a gift 'for a man.' She wanted to know if it would shed. The woman ringing me up said of course not - which is absolutely untrue (it is 15% mohair). I couldn't believe it.

Even though I don't have a ton of extra money, I don't mind spending a little more to support local shops. However, I think I'm over the LYS. I've had a much better time ordering yarn from the manymany online retailers and have received more communication and support from THE UK than from most of them.

I'm wondering how many of you really love your LYS - like, loved it from the first moment you stepped in and not months later, after you'd spent enough money to get street cred or major orthodontics.

Now. To offset my surliness, I leave you with a cute photo of Barley trying to boil his brains as I go...

Dec 16, 2006

Random MIssives

Dear night crew at the Evanston PetsHotel:

Thank you for staying open 15 minutes late in what I know is a busy holiday season and what is probably an underpaid and underappreciated position to give me my two sweet beasts last night when my flight was late from San Francisco.

You rock.


Dear Metra conductor on today's 9:26 train:

Thank you for holding the train when you heard my stomping feet and pathetic voice begging you to hold the doors for me when I was already late to work. I apologize, but, my sad little pets were all crowded on me this morning after I was away for a few days at a conference. I'm so happy you understand and gave me a break today.

You are not only nice, but you're also kinda cute.


Dear Santa,

I have been so very good this year.

My dissertation is nearly finished, plans are underway to finally make Rock Star an honest man, this is my 200th post, and I got a new job (which I quite like but am not going to talk about here all in public 'n stuff...)!

Sometimes, though, I feel a little too grown-up, so here's what I want for Christmas (in no particular order):
* Fireworks
* Some flavored vodka to make these
* Solar panels for our house
* Clove cigarettes to remind me of my misspent youth
* A chance to go back to Tibet before the Chinese government completely and forever really fucks it up by building roads all over it
* Kenner and Tomy to make big comebacks and make updated &/retro Glamour Gals and Fashion Plates
* All my loved ones to live within an hour's travel of my house
* World peace
* A case each of Numi Smokey Tarry and Monkey King teas
* A Futuro
* Alpacas and chickens (live, please)
* This class at the Evanston Art Center.

Thanks, Santa! Keep on rockin' the North Pole...

Love, amandamonkey