Well, it looks like my career working in a yarn and tea shop has ended as quickly as it began (that's right, so quickly I didn't even get a chance to blog about it.) I was in my favorite LYS a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they were pretty busy, and offered to help. (I'm such a good samaritan when the good deed involves being around yarn.) Anyway, I thought I could tag stuff or stock shelves, but I was asked "Do you want to work?"
The owners are friends of mine and had faith, I guess, that I'd be able to figure out how to use a computer/cash register, measure and serve tea, and answer questions about yarn after not having worked in 20 years, so who was I to disagree? I made it clear that I didn't want to take hours from other people, and I started working at the beginning of December. It's been a lot of fun and I've learned so much (mostly that it's hard work being on your feet for 8 hours a day and trying to find things when you don't know where they are) and enjoyed my experience a lot. Today I was told that I wouldn't be needed any more right now, but would remain on call to fill in for vacations or as needed. That's great; now I can help them out and keep up with what's going on without actually "working" too much! My family has had a field day with that - they don't think Mom ever works.
So with my employee discount, I took home a memento of my life as a yarn shop employee; an Evelyn Clark lace shawl pattern (I'm still considering how to use my beautiful alpaca) and two skeins of Noro sock yarn. All in all, a fine memento of a fun time. I thank Deb, Victoria, Ellen, and Kari for their patience and good natures and know I'll be seeing a lot of you in the future.