I am ashamed to say that I have never purchased a skein of yarn from anywhere but a big box crafts store - or worse, Meijer. Frankly, I find small shops intimidating. So many colors, styles, dye lots... I've ventured into two in my life. The second visit was yesterday, and I took my son.
He of course wandered around picking up as many balls of yarn as his little hands could hold, while I panicked about his leaving traces of his lunch (guacamole from Los Tres Amigos next door) on something pricey, like cashmere. Please, please, pick up only green yarns! I thought at him as loudly as I could, smiling at the two employees, drinking their tea, their needles a blur the speed of which I could only hope to someday attain.
"Well, isn't he a cutie." One remarks.
"Yes, thank you. He's got a thing for yarn." He hugs or kidnaps every project I work on.
"We don't see a whole lot of boys or men in here. You know, with a thing for yarn." She smiles.
I think about mentioning the guy who taught me to knit and think better of it. Just because I know a guy who knits doesn't mean she's wrong. My own husband, right now paying the check next door, views holding a ball of yarn as akin to carrying my purse or buying tampons. That is, I'd have to force it into his cold, dead hands.
"That's a shame." I reply civilly, unnaturally muddling through this whole small-talk banter that somehow is not a natural part of my genetic make-up.
The bell jingles as Daddy-B enters the shop and starts looking around. I wave to him, relieved by the interruption, but he heads past me into the deeper recesses of the shop. Quietly, a few minutes later, we head out to the car.
"They had lots of pretty stuff in there," he admits.
"Yeah. Hey, you know how Jeff taught me to knit in college, and no one ever teased him for that?"
"I'd like lil' b to be like that. I want him to be so self-assured that he can do anything, even knit or take ballet, and no one ever thinks to tease him for it."
He turns the car out onto the road. " Yeah. That would be great."
"Of course, he'll have to take up lifting."
"Oh of course."