Is this not a serene picture of a lady just knitting and being so peaceful and calm and happy with her life? This is what I want — okay, we can skip her outfit, but I want the serenity and satisfaction that knitting brings. At least that’s what my knitting friends say — knitting helps them collect their thoughts, it calms them down, it makes them happy, it gives them cool sweaters to wear and Christmas gifts to give away plus my doctor thinks it will help strengthen my hand which is still weak from the dislocated shoulder incident way back in January. Yeah, this is what I want!
Today I made a new friend, Arlene Graham.
Arlene is the owner of the local knitting store here in Beavercreek – a lovely little shop called Fiberworks.
I have watched this shop from afar for months, always too afraid to go in and admit that I have a terminal case of Knitting Envy and want to learn to knit. And then one day, I drove by the shop and Horrors! It was gone! I was in a hurry and drove by fast and went home to tell Devoted Spouse I had missed my chance. He drove back and noticed a sign on the door explaining that the shop had moved a few miles away to a better location. Hallelujah – my knitting fantasy was back on track!
Today on the way to the bank, I took the plunge, stopped in Arlene’s shop, introduced myself and told her my pitiful story of years of trying to learn to knit only to fail miserably. She gave me hope and I am now on the list for the next beginner’s knitting class. I’m so happy – but I feel sorry for Arlene. She’s a very nice lady and she has no clue what she’s in for with me. If there is such a thing as being a dyslexic knitter – that would be me. I’m just afraid she’ll throw me out of her shop and never let me return.
Here are some shots of her shop – it’s darling, well-stocked, and even has a little knitting nook where the ladies gather to knit and chat (I’ll probably join but with a paper bag over my head so they can never identify the horrible knitter among them.) She has a website: http://www.fiberworksdayton.com but I understand it needs a little updating and she is putting her husband to work making a new and improved website for ya’ll to visit. But if you ever find yourself in Beavercreek, OH stop in and see her at 1350A N. Fairfield Rd. Her number is 937-429 YARN. And tell her Linda sent you (although let’s see how I do with this first – she may get to the point that the thought of my name may drive her over the edge.)
No matter how much I want this I see nothing good coming of it — only disaster. Knitting disaster follows me like a flea tracking EmmaLou, my Golden Destroyer. It is inevitable I will stab something or someone with a knitting needle, have a project full of holes that shouldn’t be there, or trip over the yarn and break a leg. I just know it. I’m going forward with this project anyway. Watch out Arlene, here I come!
Go to my other blog to watch me knit – I’m just a flippin’ knittin’ wonder woman that’s for sure! To give you an example, below is a pic of some practice knitting I did using a book that assured me anyone could learn to knit.
Oh Puhleeze I’m just kidding – that’s not a picture of anything I did – below is the REAL picture of my knitting:
Even EmmaLou wants in on the act as you can see from the below pic — oh this is going to be fun I can see…
I don’t know when my first class will be – seems as if Arlene’s teacher is also having back surgery (seems to be going around) so it could be awhile, but I’ll keep you updated…or should I say I’ll keep you in stitches…