I had a different blog post planned for today, but I decided it could wait. Every day I check in on the news . . . climate change, election campaigns, refugees, unrest in the Middle East, the falling stock market. From my own backyard to the world at large, I try to keep current.
Most days the news is not very uplifting, and every once in a while I have to take a break from it all and unplug for a day or two. Often the news is discouraging and disheartening, and I need to hit my reset button. Wouldn't it be nice to have a media outlet that told only positive news stories?
In addition to local, regional and world news, I keep tabs on knitting news. Sad to say the news on that front isn't any better. The headlines proclaim more yarn shop closings. How can that be? Knitters are everywhere. The DIY / Maker Movement is strong and includes everything from beer, gardening and cooking to laser cutters and 3D printers.
Your local yarn shop - if you're lucky enough to still have one - is a great resource. Are you baffled by that sweater pattern? No doubt someone at your local yarn shop can bail you out. Are you having a knitting needle emergency? It's a good bet your local yarn shop has just what you need. Heaven forbid you should run out of yarn before your project is finished. Don't fret. It happens to the best of us. Your local yarn shop is the place to go.
Most important are you looking for community? You can have great fun knitting alone at home, but it doesn't have to be a solitary activity. Head to your local yarn shop. Knit with others, share ideas and inspiration, foster new friendships. Chances are all of that is happening at your local yarn shop.
And while you're there, make a purchase. It doesn't matter how much you spend . . . every little bit helps. It's a small price to pay for community building and all the other benefits a local yarn shop provides. Shop local and support your yarn shop. Let's keep yarn shop closings out of the headlines.