I was still grieving the loss of TFA, when I got a call from Ann at the end of December saying Ann’s By Design was closing.
We came home early, January 14. I was excited to catch up on Jocelyn Brown’s column in the Detroit Free Press. Jocelyn provided Knitting: A Love Story a boost by writing about it in her HandMade column. She was so good to me, showcasing Knitting: A Love Story in three separate columns. I got so many readers from the exposure.
I kept looking for HandMade in the Friday Free Press HomeStyle supplement. I thought Jocelyn must be taking a break. When I finally checked the archives, I discovered Jocelyn’s last column was December 25. Three of my favorite knitting experiences all ending at the same time! To say I was distraught would be an understatement. I tried to write in Knitting: A Love Story, but didn’t feel I had anything left to say. I felt that anything I shared would be rehashing old news and you would be bored silly with me. Then last week I received the following email. “Good evening. I just wanted to share that I bought a used Aran Knitting book on Amazon and inside I found a column on your Knitting: A Love Story blog. I found it very sweet, and I looked up your blog and will now follow it! I love that you included the Survivor Shawl pattern in the article. Thank you! It’s very inspiring!” So in a used book someone found the Jocelyn Brown article which brought this person to Knitting: A Love Story. Magic! What an inspiration for me to put on my big girl pants and start writing again. This email was the key that started my engine.
Now I have another bit of excitement that burst my depression bubble. Ann’s By Design is going to open under new ownership. My dear friend and knitting buddy Michelle will be the new owner. I have committed to the same arrangement with Michelle that I had with Ann. I will work gratis to help the shop prosper and provide knitters and crocheters with a community of support.
This is my official restart. I have a plethora of projects (oh how I love alliteration) to share and ideas to excite. Please rejoin me to learn about and love everything fiber.