Thursday, March 31, 2011

End of an Era

So today was my last day as a LYS worker. What started in their home over 28 years ago has come to and end, Memory Lane officially closed its doors at 5pm today. It was a really busy day. There was food. The Boss Man made chili, a customer and owner of another business in town brought us cinnamon buns, carrot cake squares, and peanut butter cookies from the local bakery. Then one of our good yarn customers who T picks on relentlessly brought us a cake. This was delicious! I saw her going by after lunch when we cut it, and I ran outside to tell her how awesome it was. Home made is the best! As the day progressed we were also brought donuts and boxes of chocolates (as if we needed it!).
As you can see there wasn't much yarn left. All those empty holes on the right were once filled with sock yarn. We didn't have one skein of any kind of sock yarn left at all this morning, it all sold yesterday.

These used to be totally filled as well.

From left to right T, Boss Man, me, M (our casual printer/computer guy - he's a full time paramedic but started here a few months after I did 12 years ago), and Boss Lady. Photo taken by Heddy, who happened to be our last Ball & Skein customer, I believe.

So the bosses were going to give me a photo printer, but I already have one. So she asked me to pick out something else that I'd want. Boss Man made a swift awhile back, she said she didn't want it, so I said they could give me that. So now finally after all these years I have a swift to go with my ball winder! I am a happy camper. I also got a nice wicker basket that used to house sock yarn, now it's by my fireplace and is holding one of my WIPs. I was also the final framing customer for the store. Poor T, I had him out back working too long today. I had one piece that had several openings, and one of the pictures had fallen ages and ages ago, so I took that down to get fixed. Then I had a poster in a metal frame that needed to be fixed up, one corner started to let go. Hubs had two hockey posters that were down there for about two years, I was getting them laminated, but the big press broke, so they never got done. T had a big frame with glass that a customer left, so he cut a mat and framed those up for me. And yesterday he did this painting that the Littlest One did of the dogs and a little poem he wrote. It was just too cute, he spells things how they sound. I'm going to put it in his bedroom. You might not be able to see it, but it says:

Jewel and Maggy

Rambunkshish and funny

Loving dogs to me

Golden retriever dogs

Beautiful dogs

Playful and rambunkshish!

And I do have a FO to share, a pair of socks for Hubs in a plain 3x2 rib. The yarn is Selection Socken-Effekt Strickgarn, gifted from Smoking Hot Needles, Ravelry details here.

So that's the scoop for now. No other jobs for me as of this point in time. Lots of knitting time, I guess.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

It's sad about the store, but great that you have so many memories!
Love the dog poem!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Marti said...

I'll sure miss popping in to chat and enhance my yarn stash. I remember when I first moved to town, feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed with this new life that Mark and I were starting. Then I discovered that there was a yarn shop, and it was like finding safe harbour in a storm...LOL :) I knew if there were knitters here, then things were going to be okay.

Good luck with your next endeavour, hope you find something soon. We'll get together and learn some crochet ;)

8:35 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

It's too bad about the store. I love the poem you son wrote, and the drawing which goes with it!
Hope you'll enjoy your free time until you'll find another job (if you are looking).

10:48 AM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful final day at the store! Sorry to see it go, but life moves on.

Hope you enjoy some retirement time and get lots of knitting done.

Cute pic and poem! He'll love that when he gets older!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The dog poem and picture is wonderful. Priceless in fact!! Sorry about the loss of you 'other home'. Sounds like it was more than work to you. Enjoy your boys and something will come along!!

5:36 PM  

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