But venture I did. Earlier in the week I had offered my help to Susan, owner of the shop, in doing inventory and bagging the yarns at Windsor Button. Such gargantuan piles of work to do and she had limited staffing, so I showed up Thursday and worked from 9:30 to 5:30. Counting, tagging and logging inventory. Earlier on in the sale, I volunteered to help customers and replenish stock, out of respect and admiration to someone whose business was terminating unexpectedly. Susan offered yarn as pay at that time and I added quite a number of Madelinetosh skeins to my stash, who could say no to that? Obviously not me. Working during the start of the sale allowed me to meet and hear from the many crafters who have been shopping at Windsor for many, many years. I felt lucky to hear their stories and to help them add a skein or two to their stashes. Working at the end, well to tell the truth, I was hoping for closure of the attachment I have to this place.
Here is a view of what fiber-y goodness I earned on Thursday.
|Sheepfeet, Sheep Shop Yarn Company|
|Mountain Colors, Bearfoot|
|Cascade 220 Heathers|
|Mountain Colors, Merino Ribbon|
These two skeins are real prizes and need to become something I will remember the Windsor Button Shop whenever I wear it. Susan and her store brought me up from a knitter who was making fun fur scarves back in the 1999/2000 years, then I graduated to whatever I could score with my half-off coupon at A. C. Moore. Then, I happened into the shop and was slowly transformed. Now, I look first at the higher end yarns. I know, I know, crazy right? I have learned so much about matching yarn to pattern, about making a leap of faith with inspirations and attempts at ideas. Susan was a ready advisor and I always felt so encouraged by her attentions. I do believe that is the thing I will be missing the most.
|Noro, Silver Thaw|
So, I could go on and on about how the reality of life here in Boston shifted last week. I could tell you, implore you, to pray for the victims and the sad souls who played a role in this savagery, but that stuff may already be a part of your daily practice. I know it is for me.
I have so many things I want to share with you and promise to get back to posting regularly in the upcoming week. For now, peace, love and hope, I send those graces out to each of you. And go out and soak up some sun, I think Spring is finally here to stay.