Thursday, June 3, 2010

Firsts / Lovelyarns

Firsts are always so special. 

As a kid life was about 'firsts'.  My first pet that I picked out (the first dog was there before I was).  My first two-wheeler.  My first 8-track player (ok, so I'm dating myself with that one).  My first slumber party.

As a teenager the firsts become more important (and sweeter).  First kiss.  First slow dance.  First summer away from home at sleep-away camp.  First piano recital.  First gig playing in a band.  First horse show.  First bad fall.  First blue ribbon. First serious boyfriend.  First car that was 'mine' (not really but it was mine to drive).  First.... (yeah, not spelling this one out--use your imagination).  First job (besides babysitting, petsitting, or housesitting). First Penn State home football game sitting in the student section.  First big failure.  First time learning failures can be the best thing to happen to you. 

As a young adult/married person/parent the firsts kept coming.  First marriage (only marriage so far).  First house.  First child.  All the firsts that a child brings, three times over.

I had thought that after the kids there wouldn't be many more firsts.  Not of the special variety.  Call me crazy but when I'm old enough to join AARP or collect Social Security I don't think those are going to qualify for this category.  Turns out that I was wrong.  Very wrong.

After living through the first time (hopefully only time) I was laid off, I have been racking up some more firsts.  My first Etsy shop.  First online sale.  First group of poetry.  First piece of fiction (however brief). First Balticon.  And now...drum-roll first wholesale customer.

Lovelyarns in Baltimore and the lovely owner, Sue Caldwell, became my official first client this past week.  When I delivered the first order to the shop I took my camera along (when don't I have it with me?) and took some photos to share with you.

Even if Lovelyarns were not carrying my yarns and holding a special place in my heart for that reason, it would still be a favorite destination.  The shop lives up to it's name and then some!  If you are anywhere near the Baltimore area, please stop in and visit, it's well worth the trip.  Oh, and say, "Hi", to the High Society Sock Yarn from Dyed Bright Here for me.

846 W. 36th Street      Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662 - YARN (9276)

Owner: Sue Caldwell

Store Hours
Closed Mon & Tues
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00--5:30
Saturday 11:00--6:00
Sunday 11:00--4:00

Beautiful from first glance..

The front porch offers a beautiful place to sit and knit while people watching.

Artwork of all kinds displayed everywhere...

You start to realize this is not your average yarn shop when you see that the tree out front has been 'tagged'.  But, not with spray paint.  With knitwear!! 

This is all the invitation I would need to sit and knit a while.

Beautiful displays of yarn, finished items, swatches everywhere.

Even the shawl pins are works of art.

See the itty-bitty socks?  How cool is that?  Sue knits them so that customers can see how the yarn will look when it is knit up.

I love to see men knitting.  Years ago the knitting guilds were exclusively male.  It was only when the machine came along and hand knitters were no longer 'neccessary' that the men turned to other pursuits and 'let' the women take it up.  Few men today realize this.  If they would only try it they would understand how it can relax you and at the same time challenge your creativity and math and construction skills as well.

My friend, Kee, went with me when I delivered the first order to the shop.

The owner, Sue Caldwell.  It was damn difficult to get a picture of her...she never sits still.  While we were there she was constantly helping customers decide which yarns to use, which patterns, showing us the various things in the shop...

The shop even has these awesome T's.  Yes, Sue.  You and your wonderful shop do INDEED rock!!

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