I'm volunteering to work at my LYS, The Alameda Yarn Company. The owner, Gail, is having surgery, and her Thursday night regulars are pitching in while she recovers. So I'm running the shop for a day, which means I get to enjoy an eight-hour shift of guilt free knitting.
Sharon meets me at the shop at 10AM sharp. She knits at the shop from open to close three days a week. She likes to knit HATS and she's fast!
Several other people stop in to say hello, get help with a pattern, or to buy some yarn. Some stay, knit awhile and shoot the breeze. Gail's regulars come by for word on her well-being. I think our knits and purls are like prayers.
Donna is knitting a very blue kimono sweater and tells me all about her THREE sock knitting machines. I want one! I'm making big plans to knit flashy socks for the Silicon Valley boys when I hear this.
Donna's friend, Nancy, also likes to knit hats. She brings in a big bag of scrap fabric to give away, but the scraps are too small. I say, "Throw them out!" but the other women tell me how they come from a generation where, "You just don't throw things away even if they have the smallest potential for use." I say, "Our time is more valuable these days." They shrug and agree. No one takes the scraps.
The day is flying by. I've made about 5 inches progress on both the left and right side of my green sweater. Mostly it's been a warm wonderful day of guilt free knitting...
except for the fact that I couldn't resist buying this marigold colored yarn for my stash!