We had a wonderful weekend at the retreat. In addition to lots of knitting and eating, we had fun shopping at yarns stores along the way. Our favorite (if dollars spent is any indication) was Sea Needles in Bethany Beach. In business for nearly 30 years, this cute shop had lots of fun treasures, including its two lovely owners. Obviously, these retreats are about fiber, food, and fun, but the greater theme is community and friendship. Sharing a weekend of knitting, talking, and breaking bread together is immensely powerful in forging bonds among us. It's wonderful on retreat, but you can experience it at classes in the shop or just around the table. That's where it all starts.
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this knitting community and its relationships. Our connections to each other and our caring for one another has grows out of a simple shared interest. I'm not sure people who are not part of this community understand what we mean when we refer to our knitting friends. For those of us without large extended families, these friendships are especially important as we journey through life's joys and challenges.
All of this is very much on my mind as I think about yesterday's funeral for my best college friend's husband, John. As we gathered afterwards with her sisters and college friends we talked about how we need to get together more often. Our time here is finite and we should not take even a moment for granted. I am reminded of the words of Swiss philosopher Henri Amiel,:
"Life is short, and we don't have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. Be swift to love, make haste to be kind."
Thank you for being part of the Crazy for Ewe community. You gladden my heart when I see you in the shop and around the table. You all always welcome here.