So I was having a pretty good day yesterday, I got keys to my office, I got data for my 1st year project/Master's Thesis, and I went out with my cohort (my class) and the 2nd year students. With all this happiness happening, I decided that I was going to go back to the LYS and find out about local knitting groups and check out the store again. ::sigh:: Why do I continue to have bad experiences at this store? When I asked a woman who appeared to work there/loiter about the local knitting groups, she immediately asked if I knew how to knit. This struck me as odd, since a) I asked about local knitting groups not about lessons, and b) I was holding my knitted bag! Granted it wasn't the most complicated knitted bag, but it was definitely holding its own (and my stuff). After this, she told me about two groups at the store and then told me to look around campus, that there were fliers around campus for knitting groups for younger people. Now this sort of statement could be said in a nice way, but the vibe I was getting was that I was not wanted there. Maybe she didn't like the Rainbow Brite shirt I was wearing, but I never said I wanted to knit with "young people." I might look young, but I didn't like being treated like I was a tween. I should also mention here that I haven't seen any posters for knitting groups at the University of Florida (thus my going to a YARN STORE).
I wouldn't make such a mountain out of this, but when I tried to make conversation about bringing my yarn to Gainesville and about all my WIP, she just said that one day I would catch up with everyone else. I didn't realize that I need to have a room filled with yarn and 50 WIP to be allowed into particular knitting groups! Since this was my second non-friendly experience at the LYS, I have had it. Online shopping is the way to go.
Even with the negative yarn experience, I am planning on going to a SnB tomorrow. My life is finally calm enough to go forth and check out knitting groups. :) I am a little nervous about meeting new people, but I think it will be fun. I started a sock in celebration! Isn't it cute? It's Lorna Laces in Vera. It reminds me of chocolate and cherries. I am using Susan Bates' sock knitting set and I wished I had some shorter needles. I keep thinking I am going to poke my eye out! I am also continuing to work on the rug. It doesn't look longer, but it is. Now that I started on this sock though, I don't have a real desire to continue with the painful and heavy knitting project.
The Whole Nine Yards
Hope you'll be at Books, inc today. It's a fun group, and everyone feels the same way about the LYS- it's a necessary evil. Hope to see you.ReplyDelete
"Catch up with everyone else"??!!? What a strange comment! It's like something out of a knitting version of Pretty Woman (but perhaps she doesn't work on commission, alas!). I'm glad you were able to find a group though.ReplyDelete
Some people don't have a clue as to what asses they are. Then again some do and are proud of it. LOL. Sorry your LYS is so sucky. Thank goodness for all the great online yarn shops.ReplyDelete
She sounds like quite the personality - egads! Online, definitely.ReplyDelete
And the knitting groups are glad to have you! Who needs a LYS when you have us, the internet, and someone willing to drive you all over Florida to find another shop...?!ReplyDelete
Ick, what an odd and unpleasant conversation. Are they the only LYS around? If so, that stinks. Good thing there are a lot of good online shops.ReplyDelete