But even more importantly, she was the one who helped tip the balance last summer as I wrestled with a huge decision. Although we haven't actually lived together in almost eight years, we get to visit each other on our opposite coasts a couple times a year. Last summer she came to visit Portland just after I had moved, and over a campfire we had built amidst a pile of volcanic ash in a cozy little camping spot we had staked out on Mt. St. Helens, we debated whether this idea I had, of opening a make-your-own-yarn store, was outlandishly crazy.
After listing the pros, the cons, the ideas, the obstacles, and the questions that remained, she declared, "Why not? What have you got to lose? When else are you going to do this?" A week later, I bought the machine.
Yesterday I got to show Hollis the store, in actuality, for the first time, in a fabulous intersection of the past, present, and theoretical. Sometimes all it takes is the encouragement and support of a good friend that believes in you to nudge your ideas--outlandish or otherwise--into action.
She's already winding up her own yarn and using the yarn balance like a pro (little does she know this brief apprenticeship is all part of the lure to convince her to move to Portland!) and during the down time, we get to knit together.
So in honor of friendship, we're announcing a one-day special here at Yarnia. All day Thursday, April 24, come into the store with your best friend. Not only will we take your picture together and post it on our blog, but when you both buy yarn, you'll each receive 10% off of your purchases!
See you soon!