How to Jump Start a Perfect Day

I’m about to tell you about my Yesterday Morning.

But before I do, go click on this for background music, because it sums up the feel of the morning pretty perfectly. (Incidentally, this is one of two pieces of music that I practiced and practiced (and practiced!) but never seemed to get quite right. The other is this one. By the way, I’m starting to get the itch to pick up the piano again. Here’s hoping I don’t give myself a hernia! HA HA HA!!! Those things are heavy! Oh. GET IT?! Anyway.)

Do we have our accompaniment going? Okay then. Onward.

Yesterday morning my mom came over and the two of us (plus Harper, of course) went to one of my favorite yarn stores. (My mom is itching to start a Hemlock Ring Blanket, and she needed the right yarn for the job. You know how it is.)

Anyway, we grabbed some coffee, drove about ten miles, parked the car, and entered the store. When we walked in, the owner told me that she and another employee had just been talking about me. Long story short? She offered me a job. Working in a yarn store. And I know it’s totally hokey to be all “Pinch me! Am I dreaming?!”, but there you go. Also, I would scream out that thing about “Do what you love and the money will follow!”, but that’s sort of wilted, too. Rattlesnakes! Beat them with a baseball bat!

So, yeah. Tomorrow I’m going in to talk details, and then fairly soon I’ll be working in a yarn store for a few nights each week. And, I’m excited. AND, I’m choosing to spend the next few weeks immersed in information. Because if someone comes in and says something like “Which right leaning decrease do you prefer?”, I don’t want to have to run and find a book.

Next up? Figuring out The Perfect Wardrobe for a less than ten hours per week job. (I tend to freelance in my pajama pants. The frog ones. Just in case you wondered.)

One more thing. You are now talking to the Head Room Mother for Meredith’s class. What does this mean? It means that I am The Boss of All Parents. (Not really. But it DOES mean that I get to plan parties. And we all know how great I am at planning parties! The Puddings are constantly welcoming guests into their home for crazy-time parties! Right?!) (I can’t remember the last time someone not blood-related walked into our house. Unless you count last week’s plumber who fixed our little Feces in the Basement problem. Wait. Feces in the Basement. Now THAT’S a smart party theme!) ‘ ‘ ‘text/javascript’>

17 thoughts on “How to Jump Start a Perfect Day”

  1. Just swathe yourself in everything you’ve ever knitted and still have on hand. That way the customers will know who to go to — the pretty lady who is drowning under things fashioned from yarn.

    Unless of course you’re one of those people who gives away everything they knit and all you have is, like, one and a half socks. (Then the customers would know to go to the nude lady, I guess.)

  2. i now have “feces in the basement” going through my head to the tune of Morrissey’s “girlfriend in a coma”

    congrats on the cool new gig!

  3. Can I be the first to ask you a knitting related question?

    Where does one go about learning to knit? I kinda sorta know how. I knit and purl and even make stuff by knitting and purling. But the fancy stuff like lace and circular needles and such, where do you learn?

    I did take a little “class” at a big fabric store and it was not good. Too many people, took place IN THE AISLE so the view wasn’t optimal. So do you find someone who knows (and, um, where), do you read a book (the pictures confuse me), try another class? What do you recommend, yarn lady? Please rain down your yarnly knowledge upon me.

  4. Em–When I started out, I bought Knitting for Dummies. Although I find the title slightly offensive (but that’s just me, I’m sure), it has really detailed descriptions of any weird stitch you might come across. With that said, if you can knit and purl, you can do lace. Try something like this first: It’s totally pretty, and fairly simple if you already know how to knit and purl!
    (As far as circular stuff goes, Knitting for Dummies was helpful, as is Stitch ‘n Bitch. Also, check out YouTube videos if you’re more of a visual learner!)
    And then there are classes, like you said. BUT, if you can figure it out for free, well, you just saved yourself money that you can now spend on yarn!

  5. Good for you – will your paycheck actually cover the amount of yarn you’ll be purchasing? It will be great for you to get out a couple of nights a week. Enjoy.

  6. I am so jealous (and, of course, happy for *you*)! Yesterday I was in my closest LYS and wishing they were hiring part time… sigh…

  7. Oh, I would have the same “pinch me” reaction if someone offered me a job in an independent bookstore. (Do those still exist?)


  8. Two words:

    Employee. Discount.

    (This from the woman that worked at a fabric store for a while and still haven’t used up the stash I accumulated!)

  9. Wow, now I’ll have to make the rounds to the three stores I sometimes visit just to see if you work there! I vote for frog pajamas as work attire. I love frogs and we knitters aren’t a judgy group. BTW: I hold you personally responsible for all the yarn purchases that I accumulate in visiting said stores. :P

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