Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My New Life, by Jane

So I'm cogitating, planning, and cooking up my new life. Eureka! At last I have an ambition. I have been without same for ages and this, my friends, is what has made me such a woeful little lump. But now, now I know what I want to do, what I was meant to do, what I'm going to do.

It came to me in a flash yesterday afternoon and by bedtime, the whole thing was mapped out in my head. Like it was just waiting in there, ready to come out when the gates opened. Of course, it is something I've been wanting to do since, oh, the early 80s. Something I planned to do if we moved to Central California. Something I intended to do someday when....

I first got the idea (nb: do you think I don't know you don't know what I'm talking about? Ha! Patience, kiddies; it's a virtue, you know) when I walked into a yarn shop in Brentwood. I don't even remember the name of it, but it was a house with three rooms, one of which at least had a fire going in the fireplace. As I recall, but this may be my imagination (or future planning), each room was devoted to a different yarn-related craft: knitting, needlepoint, crewel and crossstitch. I think there was a dog in there somewhere, and the whole place just struck me as the most wonderful way to spend my life. I've held that vision for some 25 years.

When we were looking to move to Visalia in the Central Valley, my plan was to take that concept and open a gift/craft shop. I even looked at real estate there, but we decided not to move then, so I put the shop back in my dreams where it had lived for so long before.

Segue to current moment...yesterday, in fact, after a conversation with D in which he mentioned that he had seen a nice little shop somewhere in that state in which he is still wandering. We used to have a shop ourselves, in Pine Grove, a melange of antiques and collectibles that we took over from his brother and his wife. We called it The Junkman, and it was moderately successful --for two people living on social security. Which we weren't, so we took our junk and went on the road, and that was the end of the shop. But I remember it with great fondness. It wasn't my fantasy, but the lifestyle suited me. So when D told me about the shop he had seen, I said, truthfully, "that sounds appealing." And when I got off the phone, I felt so sad that I would not be a part of this shop. Bereft, you might say. And thinking, why does he get all the fun...

And then I thought, why, indeed? The answer came to me instantly: because he's doing it. He's doing the research and making the plans and acting. So, what's to stop me from doing that, was my very next thought. And again the instant answer: nothing. Nothing's stopping me. So I pulled that dream shop out of the back of my mind, where it's obviously been sitting and growing, and started making plans.

It's evolved somewhat from my original vision, but the gestalt of it has not: a place where people who love things that are original works of art, be they knitted or paper or glass or bead, can come to buy them and/or learn to make them and/or just drink cofffee, eat homebaked cookies, and hang out. I think I'm going to call it Jane's Place. Or maybe I (or you) will think of something more catchy.

I am, as the kids would say, so stoked. Do they still say that????


  1. That sounds marvelous!

    You have every right to be stoked!

  2. What a fantastic idea! I'm so excited for you.

  3. Rock on with your bad self.

  4. Stoked is still heard ever now again but more often I hear, "Wow, that's sick!" As in 'sick' in a good way. SOOOO, I'm hoping you stay stoked and open a sick shop that's the total of your dreams!

  5. That sound like a great idea for you. I love the idea of our "art" being showcased. Now all the fun details of where, when, and what to buy.

    Good luck on your Grand Adventure,


  6. knitique girl: I'm looking to you for expert advice!

  7. Anonymous8:36 AM

    My name is Mandy and I work for Direction Press. Part of my job is to search blogs to find new yarn shops & needlepoint shops. That is because we have a website, where we keep an up-to-date list of yarn and needlepoint shops in the US. We also publish the Knitters' Needlepointers' Crocheters' Weavers' & Spinners' Travel Guide book.

    I am contacting you because you mentioned in your entry that you were planning to open a shop. And you mention that it will include knitting too. Since you will be featuring knitting supplies i would like to feature you on our website and in our travel guide. However, in order to do that i need your store information like address, hours, phone number, website, and e-mail. I know that it might be too early to provide this information yet. But, i hope that you will get back to me as soon as you have the information. Thank you for your time and good luck with the shop.


  8. Wow! You haven't even gotten past the concept stage and already you've got some PR waiting in the wings!

    I finally read far enough back (jeez has it been that long since I last read your blog? Well, I kinda had some things happen recently) to find out what kind of shop you're opening.

    Congratulations on your new vision - no go forth and multiply. No - wait, that's not right.

    Hey here's an idea for a name for your shop: Knit Picky.
    OK, maybe you don't like it, but it might get the creative juices flowin'.


So--whaddaya think?