Friday, October 28, 2011

Knitting in Texas

Or rather I would be if I weren't working 60 hour weeks right now.

Thank you to all the kind comments from the folks the bounced over from Stephanie's Blog

I have spent a mini fortune at The Woolie Ewe since I've been here.  It is a nice shop and the people that work there are very friendly but I admit to feeling way out of my element there.

I haven't been to the Shabby Sheep yet, but I'm working on that.  I did hit Holley's Yarn Shoppe a few weeks ago and they were really nice to me as well.  (Ok I didn't hit it, I paid for my purchases, promise).

A few people in the area have commented on the last post and I hope to get un-shy enough to take them up on their offers.  For those just catching up (the old timers are laughing their butts off at the un-shying statement), it took me almost 6 months to work up the courage to go to the knit group back in Santa Rosa 4 years ago, and even though I've never regretted it, it was still hard to do.  Complete and abject fear at meeting new people.  Panic attack city.

I just tell people that Rosemary made me. ;-)  And for those of you that love her patterns and pins, she is super sweet in person and just really really nice.

One of the main reasons I have a hard time meeting new people is my hearing.  Most people get frustrated at having to repeat themselves and when you are trying to make friends, the last thing you want to do is annoy them right off the bat.

The local ladies that were at the book signing were perhaps also wondering who I was because I had a reserved seat.  And given how late I got it, someone probably had to be moved for me to get that seat.  So while I'm grateful to my friend Roger for calling the bookstore and making sure they could accommodate my hearing impairment (I usually just suffer in silence - no pun intended hehe), when I saw where they put me I was both thrilled (because I'd be able to see Stephanie - if I can see you I can hear you more easily - or rather read lips more easily) and terrified because I figure I sure wasn't making any friends with that maneuver.

So if someone had to move for me to get that seat, I am truly sorry.

4 comments:

Toni said...

It was good to hear from you again and I'm glad you're getting settled in there in TX. Don't worry about meeting new friends, knitting or otherwise. Just keep putting yourself out there a little at a time and I'm sure you'll be settled soon.

Kandi said...

You are a great friend. We all have hoops people have to jump thru just to know us. And if someone is unwilling to get past the hearing, then they just don't deserve to have you as a friends. Quirks and all. That just makes things more interesting. Weirdo's are so fun. :)~
But seriously, you can do it, I have faith in you. You have a lot to offer, be patient and get out there. They will find you. :) Miss you much.

Jennifer Stover said...

No one was moved from out of their seat (believe it or not that seat was still available at the time of reserving!) but there were certainly a lot of curious on-lookers as to who the "special guest" was. Glad you've found your way to a few local yarn shops. My favorite is actually in downtown Fairview called Fiber Circle. The owner, Diane is super sweet, gives a lot of great deals and her prices range from the low to medium side where Woolie Ewe leans more towards the middle to high range. A lot of great yarns are offered in the two-story store of everything that is fiberlicious so you must check it out once the pocketbook is breathing again. :) I hope you get the chance to join the Stitch 'N Lit this month and there are also meetup groups in the area as well. Welcome again to TX!

thegnomeknitist said...

Wow...I was directed here through Stephanie's Blog also and I'm glad I was. I sympathize on pretty much everything you said in this post. The panic attacks and anxiety in new situations, right down to the hearing impairment and having to read lips. Lately I've been pretty open about my hearing loss. I have been in enough awkward situations because of my hearing loss (including almost getting into a fight at a concert...I still don't know why because I couldn't hear) that I understand the fear of being "annoying" by asking people to repeat themselves or jut being list and grinning and bearing it. I'm working convincing myself to go to some knitting meetups in my area...