Monday September 22nd 2014, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life,Lupus

It is supposed to rain come Thursday, a whole .12 of an inch, but still, actually measurable rain as opposed to last week’s random scattered few drops that couldn’t even clean a skylight.

The first of the season in California always brings a string of accidents from all the months of accumulated oil on the roads as the surfaces all go slick in a way they will not after a good washing-away, an annual phenomenon I’d never heard of till we moved here.

It was time. The new tires went on today.

The mechanics forgot to tell me my car was done. I was in no hurry to walk outside and risk the UV exposure, so having commandeered a padded chair I found inside next to the photo lab I simply sat. And knit. And watched the reactions of passersby to the randomness of a woman knitting at Costco.

The photolab guy kind of sneered and silently but clearly wished me out of there. One woman made up for that when she stopped midstep at the sight of my needles: she looked thrilled, and almost, almost struck up a conversation. I would have myself but I let her decide at her own comfort level, wondering if there was a language barrier–but I would have told her that really, there was not. Her face lighting up like that had said what I’d needed and I wanted to tell her thank you. So I smiled greatly in return.

I knitted on. That purple scarf for my cousin I’d been meaning to really get going on? Now I have. I really like how it’s coming out, which is when a project about knits itself, y’know?

When my hands needed a break after two and a half hours I finally did get up and go back outside and in the other door to ask after that car.

Oh, right, here’s your key!

And so one sense of satisfaction at a needed job getting done became closer to two.

(Edited to add the next day: when it got past 5:00 I saw my chance at redeeming the interaction between me and the photo lab guy. I asked him what time the tire center closed up for the night, I mean, y’know, I hadn’t missed…?

He said he was pretty sure they had the same hours as the rest of the store and that everything was okay. And in that moment, he got a chance to help and he did so gladly and we both came away better off for it. Good for him.)

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Knitting always makes waiting easier! Have knitting, will wait. LOL!

Comment by Jody 09.23.14 @ 4:05 am

Talk about making the best of a situation, huh? I love the respect you show people.

That’s why I always say I need to have “easy” projects I can bring for occasions such as waiting at the dentist. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 09.23.14 @ 6:14 am

Just catching up on your blog…was out of town for a bit last week…yay! for purple scarves, and quiet times (even quiet times in Costco waiting chairs) for knitting. New tires at the right time are also just cause for celebration. Bonus, sounds like your cousin is in for a treat! 🙂

Comment by Pam 09.23.14 @ 7:01 am

Maybe the sneer from the guy in the photolab was really dismay that he couldn’t be doing what you were. 🙂

Comment by twinsetellen 09.23.14 @ 5:45 pm

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