5.14.2007

bereft

i am officially in mourning over the loss of the best little yarn shop in the whole wide world.

it was the best because it was here.

because it was full of color and texture and wegman's ultimate chocolate cake.

because where else could you discuss the finer points of suspending a 20-foot knit christmas stocking from a 40-foot coal tower at 4 o'clock in the morning.

because chris and joan said so.

because of train knitting and knit graffiti and 40 scarves hung from telephone poles in a blizzard.

because it was as wild as it was wooly.

because the only thing standing between you and a giant wall of blue sky alpaca was a giant white dog named bailey.

because there wasn't a speck of red heart or lion brand in the place.

it was the best because of lucinda.

and she made us feel like it was all ours.

this emptiness feels like a giant mothhole in my heart.









10 comments:

pamela wynne said...

oh, this *is* sad -- such a lovely post.

binet said...

awww. amen. here's to giant stockings, giant dogs, and giant yarny love.

jenna said...

Damn it Kate, you got me a little choked up.

cristabel said...

ok, kate, i'm finally crying. haven't till now, but this put me over the edge. and if i may add to binet's list - here's to "giant" women - women who all get it. who get that knitting is about way more than sticks and yarn.

clairity123 said...

oh how i shall miss the wonderful wild wooley. And i will really miss visiting with lucinda,spending way too much on BEE-U-TI-FUL yarn ,and the great buzzing knit vibe that was always present there.

Gina said...

Ew. Sad. Ick. Now you need to open one.

Dharma said...

Oh how sad. We have been losing neighborhood shops here. Skein Lane, Yarn, Creative Hands, possibly Tuscany. I must stop before I weep.

Tiger Feet said...

Sad! I worry about my local knit emporium. A very warm welcoming space, impecably curated, knowledgable staff... but I sit there for hours on a Saturday and wonder how on earth can survive. There just doesn't seem to be enough shoppers to keep my local going... are other people noticing this?

writersblock said...

Yes, we're losing one here, too. I think the expansion in the number of people learning knitting is slowing down. I think it picked up as this generation wanted to learn the home crafts, and then even more, after we all "cocooned" after 9/11. Knitting will probably level out now. Maybe another fiber art will take its place as the current "it" thing, or maybe it will be something else, entirely. I suppose it's like any business cycle - expansion, now contraction. Still, no doubt many good yarn stores will be left after the dust settles. We'll need to do our part to patronize local stores, so they won't go the way of quirky coffee shops and bookstores, and get taken over by corporate behemoths. Knitting's not likely to go Starbuckian any time soon, still I just hope it's not left to the Jo-Ann's and the Ben Franklin stores.

Ellen of Purl Diva Yarn Shop said...

Just 5 minutes ago I had a customer visiting from Rochester and I said "You have a great yarn shop in your town." "Really? Where?" she asked. So I looked up the address of Wild Wools and saw Lucinda's message about closing the shop. I was so shocked. I'm so sorry...

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