Knitting, Etc. Has Closed
Knitting, Etc. in the Triphammer Marketplace closed this month. This is a loss for me personally, but also for Ithaca. Hickory Lee’s store was the place to go if you wanted to learn to knit, or needed expertise to get you through a project. Hickory carried the nicest yarns–gorgeous wools, hand dyed, unique and lovely.
After Avital was born, I stopped working as a system administrator, and starting feeling around for something to do, besides motherhood. I took a few knitting classes, and made a few projects. Knitting (and sewing) aren’t my thing–though I wish they were! And I really admire the hand knitting community. Thanks to Hickory’s store and my attempt at knitting, I met some really lovely people! And isn’t that the best sort of business, one which also creates community?
Hickory’s store was also the first to carry my products, back when all I made was lotion bars. She recognized that knitters, who need soft hands, would love them. And she was right. My lotion bars and balms sold at a brisk pace, right up to the end.
More than that, though, Hickory was an example to me: we didn’t need an MBA to run a business, and the issues around accounting and taxes and employees and inventory and all the rest are not a barrier. Unless we let them be barriers. If we want it, we can do it. And if we find that our family is revolving too much around business, and we want to enjoy our kids while they’re little, well. We can do that, too.