You Can Knit With Us

You Can Knit With Us

The simple motion of making loops with needles, one after another, until I’ve made thousands of them and created fabric, calms me. Knitting soothes the mind. Pick any emotion you have a little bit too much of and knitting will counter it. I write this blog because I want to share this power with you. I work at a local yarn shop because I want to engage with other fiberistas.

Encouraging new knitters to do what they love makes me better. Same for helping people step back into knitting after years away. Or brainstorming with someone about a technique they’ve never tried. I tell customers all the time to join us. Come and knit any time we’re open. We’ll pull up a chair and knit with you for as long as time allows.

My hours spent at Maine Yarn and Fiber are good for me and good for my community. So when Tracy Monaghan, owner of Good Soul, posted a picture of a t-shirt she designed, it reached right into my heart. It said everything I feel about working in a yarn shop.

You can sit with us.

She got the idea after seeing a hat that read, “You can’t sit with us,” a quote from the movie, Mean Girls. Tracy brought the change she wanted to see in the world and ordered t-shirts. You can find them in her shop windows and online. You can sit with us.

Tracy’s message ignited something in me. It brought me deep into the feeling of welcome. It connected wth my passion, my pile of wool. I knew I had to get on board and spread that welcome in my own way. I shared my thoughts with Jodi and we spent an afternoon, with Tracy’s full endorsement, bringing her idea to the fiber folk.

You can knit with us.

It’s time to spread the word, to share space with an open heart.

With bags full of shawls and wraps and cowls and boot cuffs, our fiber tribe headed down the hill to Main Street. My daughter, Renee, has been taking pictures of us with our neighbors in the locally owned businesses in Bangor.

We have a strong community of people who come together in good times and hard times. And, while I am aware of the power in our community, I don’t always show it. I think about it, I hit ‘like’ on the Facebook posts. I appreciate community, I don’t shout it out loud.

This is me shouting.

You can sit with us. You can knit with us.

 

Tracy has a Good Soul

Tracy has a Good Soul

Me, Jodi, and Tracy. I'm kinda funny. Here's proof.

Me, Jodi, and Tracy. I'm kinda funny. Here's proof.

No really, they're all knitters. See those cool kicks? Jodi, Emily, Summer, and me.

No really, they're all knitters. See those cool kicks? Jodi, Emily, Summer, and me.

Cara, Jen, Angela, and me. Reminds me of our old Pints and Purls nights at Paddy's. Good times.

Cara, Jen, Angela, and me. Reminds me of our old Pints and Purls nights at Paddy's. Good times.

Jodi, me, Cara, and Joy. You can knit with us.

Jodi, me, Cara, and Joy. You can knit with us.