What's the Point?

by Gayle McClure


That's what I kept asking myself as I found myself once again looking for a new project or project management position. I have been in IT (information technology) for over 30 years, since it was called DP (data processing).   I guess I had become jaded because nothing excited me anymore.  Every new client, every new project was just a slightly different flavor of the same old soda pop. Not like in my earlier career when we had to be creative and innovative and really felt like we were solving problems and making a difference.  Now it seemed like we were just another commodity.  

For the past year or so I had been joking with my friends in the industry that it was time for me to retire and open my own yarn shop.  But I wasn't really joking.  I had been reading and researching and wondering if I could do it.  Did I have the COURAGE? 

I have been a needle person my entire life. I started sewing when I was 4 or 5.  I made my own clothes, outfits for my children and lots of home decor.  At one point I did a lot of cross stitching.  My Mother is a great seamstress to this day and still makes prom dresses and even a wedding gown recently.  My grandmother was a knitter. I had tried over the years to teach myself knitting or crocheting but could never get the hang of it.  Then 5 years ago that serendipitous Groupon showed up in my inbox.   Learn to knit for $20!  Little did I know my life had just changed! 

Then, the first week of February almost exactly 5 years after that Groupon appeared, I was walking to Cross Street Market and saw a small "for rent" sign in the window of a store just 2 blocks from my house and my first thought was "What a perfect store front for a yarn shop".  Over the next couple of days it kept nagging at me and I could think of nothing else.  As I sat refreshing my crocheting skills in preparation to make something for my Granddaughter Ava, the name of my shop came to me - it wasn't What's the Point?, that is too negative, too uncertain.  Why do we knit and crochet and sew? We do it to create something with our own hands, something that is unique each time and carries a bit of our heart with it. We don't do it for money, we do it for love.  


Next time:  My philosophy and mission for the shop.