August 2004 -- I hadn’t officially opened my new little store, but it was hot, and I had cracked the front door hoping to coax in a little fresh air. Empty cubbies lined the walls. The floor was covered with bags and boxes of yarn that refused to sit nicely on the shelves. I was busy wrangling skeins into submission when I heard an excited voice ask, “Is that yarn in there?”
It was Duffy, one of our very first customers. I would come to know Duffy for her charming euphemism, such as loving hands at home for the appearance of those unfortunate things many people envision when they think of knitting. One project she was doing in a beautiful high-end faux fur yarn became affectionately known as her dead cat project.
My favorite term though was what she said when she brought in projects to check her status. “I wanted to bring it in and measure it onthe magic table - things always seemed to be clearer and more accurate here“
As with such terms,The Magic Table stuck, and that is how everyone now refers to the table at the shop. It is where important measurements are taken, where confusing armholes/decline decrease sequences are begun, and where unfortunate mistakes are identified, analyzed, and unraveled.
There is nothing inherently magic about our table, of course. It’s an ordinary dining room table. But it is the hub of our shop because there is always a Crazy for Ewe team member seated there. At the magic table we help you through and give you the confidence you need to continue. Everyone at the table soaks in whatever lesson is being learned by whoever brought the question. As one knitter said, “Just sitting here, I learn things I didn’t even know I didn’t know.”
Sometimes we come to the magic table for completely different reasons. Often we just need to be in the company of others who share our passion. Or we want to share a triumph with the people who recognize and appreciate our accomplishment and validate us as no non-knitter ever could. Or perhaps we come, as one lovely knitter said recently, because we’re “running away from home.”
Whatever the reason we come, we all find magic at the table. We have all learned and grown as knitters, and together we have built a powerful community, so it was especially hard last year when we had to close our table.
But now, the magic is back!
I am thrilled to be able to welcome you back to the magic table, and I’m planning a fun and festive celebration on Friday, June 4th. We’ll do a brunch thing - I’ll make a huge pot of coffee and bake some scones and cook some stuff and we’ll all be so happy to reconnect with our Friday morning knitting friends! .
I hope you can come! Reply to the newsletter and let me know.
Whether you join us June First Friday, or another day, I look forward to seeing you around the Magic Table. Now, more than ever, ewe are always welcome here.
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