Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Sense of Community

       This past Friday night, I was enjoying my usual nighttime routine of computer checking before I went to bed. I had run across a used knitting book I picked up and really felt like knitting. So I linked on to Ravelry to check out if our local yarn store had anything fun going on.  When I read the header under the group forum, it read City Knitting is closing. Thought maybe Lorilee was taking the weekend off. But as I read on, I ended up reading the most beautiful, heartfelt letter about her store, City Knitting, closing within the month. The first thing I thought of was -another store closing secondary to the economy.  But no...

     I had taken a few classes at City Knitting over the past two years(-yes, I never have enough to do). Each time I walked in the store, whether it be to buy some luscious new fiber or take a class, I was always greeted with a warm genuine smile and a hello. Each time, I brought in a tangled mess, there was an employee willing to sit down in one of their comfy chairs or the big trendy looking orange couch to help me out and spur me on. Each time, I came to class, I had the best teacher there was willing to make sure that everyone understood. Each time I was there, the chairs were overflowing with people sitting and knitting  and taking the time to ask you what you were working on. It was a place to sit, knit and relax. A special treat.If you were stuck at home with that Baby Surprise Jacket , you could go on you tube, click on Knitting Nuggets-along with 340,000 other clicks and Lorilee would show you again via You tube.  She brought us wonderful teachers-Jared Flood, Cookie A, Cat Bordi, etc. to little Grand Rapids. To her store-which became our store. We became spoiled. And I am only a sometimes knitter.  It was a welcoming happy place and Lorilee had built this wonderful sense of community that is really irreplaceable. I didn't wonder why she hadn't sold it to someone else-it just wouldn't be the same without her.

     But Lorilee just got tired. And she just doesn't want to work 60+ hours per week anymore. So, she is closing the store. She will open up her home once a week for classes or knitting help-that's how much she cares about her little community. I will really miss walking into a store-her store-our store- and feeling so welcome.

    So, to honor her sense of community, I will have a giveaway. It's simple.

1. Send me a comment on this blog. I will enter your name.
2. Send a friend to my blog. I will enter your name again. For as many friends as you send and they enter comments, I will enter your name for each friend. Your friend will get their name entered too.
3. If you don't have a blog, you should still be able to leave me a comment.
4. In one week, I will draw have one of my kids draw randomly for the prizes.

I am not doing this just to build a reader base. I don't really have much spectacular to show you or tell you yet. Half the time, I don't know what I am doing as a blogger. But, I know I am just beginning  this wonderful journey of becoming a fiber artist.  I want to meet your friends and be inspired by them. Look at their work. I am having fun connecting with friends I have met all over the country.

      You will get  -free stuff  guys - good stuff-three prizes. But,  most importantly, you get a chance during this next week to connect with a friend. Make a memory. And that's what's a sense of community is.

Prizes:

1.430 yds of A Piece of Vermont  fingering weight yarn



2. 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces hand-dyed sock yarn





3. A grab bag of silk, bead soup, Angelina and a little Artgirlz Christmas tree.




DEADLINE:  Noon Wed Dec 9th . I will announce the winners that night. I will mail prizes  ASAP -in case you aren't a knitter and want to give it as a gift.

     Have fun.  Happy sewing my friends.
  

8 comments:

  1. What fun! I need some of your energy, enthusiasm, and positive outlook on a regular basis, and am SO happy you are doing this blog! Reading it has become part of my morning 'wake-up' routine!
    :) Sharon

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  2. That is too bad about your yarn shop: the one near me is so helpful too! I am going to tell my sister about your blog, she is a creative person and has a lot of interests!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your yarn shop I have a shop near me that is very helpful and friendly too! I see that you also quilt I do to. Look forward to more posts :-)

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  4. I hope the locals who frequent our shop feel the same way you do about yours. We do have a very nice little community of folks who enjoy eachother. How nice of Lorilee to keep the relationship alive while giving up the daily grind that isn't all that pleasant sometimes.

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  5. okay i dont need yarn but if i were to win i would have you send it to kim and i will tell he about this post and your blog :)

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  6. Wow, your wonderfully geometric quilts are just stunning. Love your colors. I can sympathize with the store closing - it's so hard to find a place like that to feel totally comfortable and accepted in. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Gail M

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  7. I know what you mean about City Knitting. It has been a great place to go for help, yarn, and meeting the best people! I am so sad..........
    I had just started going to knit with my friends and meet other people. It will be missed!
    Thank goodness for our art quilt group! That is also one of my favorite things. :-) There are always great people in quilting and knitting!!

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  8. Colleen, I have only known you a short time now, and really admire your work and enthusiasm. How sad about the yarn shop...

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