Little Joys

I always seem to get to those lucky conjunctions too late.  Being in the right place at the right time is one of the little joys of life, and of being a fiber enthusiast.

We have all seen the Facebook posts “Look what I found at my local Goodwill!” And there is the picture of the $6.000 loom they took home for $25.  Or the Instagram post “My kind neighbor just gifted me with fiber!” and the image of 10 lbs of luscious spin-worthy fiber just waiting to be loved.  Even though I am very happy with my looms, my wheels, and my level of acquisition in both fiber and yarn – there is still that little stab of “Drat. Why wasn’t I in the right place at the right time?”

Recently I have had  a confluence of my own little joys in the fiber world, and I wanted to share.  They are not excessive or unusual, but to me they are little joys of fiber and I am so very pleased!!

Blinding Joy

My mum and I don’t spend a great deal of time going to yard sales.  We have more than enough STUFF as it is! But occasionally one catches our eye and we venture in.  At a recent one we had pottered around and found a few tiny things each and were headed to the pay station when I suddenly saw some old blinds, sort of hidden off to the side.

I investigated and was thrilled.  They were the old fashioned wooden kind of blinds, about 4 foot long and perfect for placing between layers of warp on my large loom.  I asked the owner and she was clearly surprised, “Oh, you don’t want those I don’t have the hanger parts and one of them doesn’t even work.”  I said I was really going to tear them apart for the wooden slats anyway, and she shrugged and offered both to me for $1. SCORE!  There are about 80 of them, so I won’t ever have to worry about getting new ones! JOY!

Little Joys on the Edge

I have a great friend who lives in England.  We get together about once every three or four years and have grand adventures.  One of the great joys of her life is shopping, which I have to say, is not one of mine.  She can spend hours in a Walmart, Old Navy, or Eddie Bauer.  I get antsy after about 10 minutes.  In order to make sure we BOTH have fun, one of the adventures we often plan are antique stores.  We both enjoy them and can spend time together, shopping, without me wanting to hurt someone!

During her last trip we were in one of those antique malls that has dozens of small booths all owned by different people.  In the last booth, of the last shop I found some joy.  Knitting on the Edge, a lovely book by Nicky Epstein that I had always wanted!  It was a bit water damaged, but totally readable and at a criminal charge of 25 cents I took it with great happiness!  Knitting books are one of those things that I often tell myself I don’t need, and to be honest don’t use very often. But when you do need one, there is nothing more inspiring and more joyful than a book full of pictures of knitting!

Niddy Noddy Luck

Then just last week a ranger at Booker T. Washington National Monument‘s Fall Harvest Festival messaged me through FB and asked me if I could identify this item in the pictures. I explained that it was a niddy noddy. A tool used by spinners and knitters to create skeins.

I check my phone later to see if she needed more info and a lot had happened in my absence.  The ranger had said that the woman was looking for a good home for the niddy noddy.  It had belonged to her mother, and she though it was handmade by her grandfather.  My ranger friend had spoken to another friend who was in the area.  She had agreed to stop by and pick it up, and deliver it to me when she saw me at the Ferrum Festival. Wow!  Such super people!!  It’s beautiful, the wood is silky smooth and the color is lovely.

I may not always feel like it, or appreciate it but I really am in the right place, at the right time, MOST of the time. And I appreciate the little joys that happen along the way.

 

Comments

  1. Hi Dorothea,
    Thanks for sharing these small joys. You really helped me remember that I have a lot of joys around me… even when one of those just happens to be new stitch markers! 😉

  2. We love to be happy for ourselves and for others! Thank you for reminding us to cherish it all.

  3. Happiness! Thank you for sharing.

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