We're home from our glorious 10 days at the Coastal Condo, and I was just reflecting on how different things are from the way it used to be there. "How," you think, "can this possibly have anything to do with Knitting: A Love Story?!?!" When we decided to purchase a condo after 6 years of renting the Coastal Cottage, we made a list of what we wanted. I know, I love lists and just had to make one. After much discussing, feeling a sense of community became our first priority. So really we were looking for a 3 bedroom condo on a golf course where you can see water that feels like a community. Each of our criteria eliminated properties off our list until we had only one, Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, NC.
This was one of our reasons for purchasing the condo we did. This wonderful room is perfect for reading, knitting, playing bridge and listening to nature. Almost immediately we found bridge groups, that made us both happy. Of course, Dick had already experienced the wonderful golf courses. I had discovered Knit 'N Purl as my local yarn shop. But something was missing. I still felt like a vacationer, a visitor. Then this January, I found it.
I found friends at the big knitting table at Knit 'N Purl. In past years, I've knitted at the big table in that social way that knitters love but I was a stranger. I didn't know anybody's name and nobody knew mine. I was searching for that feeling I get when I knit with Linda or Thea. I was craving that push knitting friends give to each other to buy that yarn when you don't need it, just because you love it. I was missing the conversation that goes something like: "Have you seen this pattern." "No, I haven't but it spectacular." "It looks hard, but let's try it." "Ok, why don't we knit it together." I've had that conversation hundreds of times with Linda but not with someone at Knit 'N Purl. This year it happened. I found two knitting buddies and then a third that run with me to the edge. If we don't jump, at least we peak over.
I finally got to the place at Knit 'N Purl to quote Cheers "Where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came. You want to be where you can see that troubles are all the same. You want to go where everybody knows your name." This time at the condo I heard an audible click, and things fell into place. I have a place to go to feed the yarn hunger, where staff greet me by name and remember what I was knitting the last time I was there. That would be you Molly and Martina. I have friends I look forward to seeing. Friends who encourage when you need it and discourage when appropriate. Ok, Jane and Viv and Linda, you know I'm talking about you. Thank you for helping to make a condo a home.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.