Bankruptcy. Foreclosure. Downturn. In my day job, I use those words daily in the stories I write, covering the difficult economic reality facing so many people and companies these days. And, to be honest, it is sometimes incredibly disheartening. There is no joy in reporting the death of a family-owned firm, discovering a new set of statistics even grimmer than last month’s, or in asking a longtime source what exactly—beyond the obvious—brought his company to bankruptcy court. All you can do is find as many facts as you can and try your best to explain what is happening, in the hopes of giving your readers the information they need to know—no matter how depressing—so that they can survive these challenging times.
(And as a writer covering the housing industry, I find it mighty hard not to fret about my own financial future between all the recent newspaper cutbacks and home builder bankruptcies. Like most people, I’d prefer to stay gainfully employed in a career of my choosing. I graduated from college in 1993: I know what it’s like to look for a job. And look. And look. And look....)
Given such worries, I don’t think any crafter would be surprised to learn that I felt the need to escape into yarny goodness this week. After months of being surrounded by economic gloom, I wanted needed to experience the crazy colorful riot that is my favored yarn shop. In this crowded and friendly place, unruly oversize skeins tumble from bins at your touch, twists of bulky wool perch just an arm’s reach away from stacks of well-behaved DK-weight cashmere, and novelty yarns’ eyelashes begin batting at you as soon as you enter the door.
I bounced from the book section to the baby knits area to the sale nook, toying with yarns in shades of peony, cranberry, blue hyacinth, leaf green, tangerine, and cherry. Forget the practical worsted-weight super-wash wool in heather grey: I wanted materials that would inspire me to new projects, rejuvenate my mind, and yes, make me smile.
No wonder I left with four skeins of yarn named Squiggle.
PS: The colorways I chose turned out to be Code Pink and Firecracker. How excellent are those names?