This was the scene last Wednesday lunch time in a corner of our staff room. My lovely friend Lisa (who I used to go to Honiton Lace making classes about 26 years ago when we were 18; lost contact with for too many years and then met up again when she started working at my school) and I reserve 2 seats together...well reserve might be the polite word for proclaiming in a loud voice to the entire room that we were going to be 'Happy Hookers this lunch time and need 2 seats together - everyone is welcome to join us!'
And what fun we had, me crocheting my hearts and she crocheting a bag. We spread our books, wool and enthusiasm all over the room. Oh I had forgotten the absolute joy of crafting with others; the camaraderie, the support, the common goals. I realised that for years I have crafted alone or being the only one to craft in a room, and I have really missed the encouragement, the gentle chatter, the all important discussions on whether one should use blue or green wool, and the slow wander around the room to do the weekly 'catch-up' with fellow crafters to see their progress with whatever they maybe making.
Yes, I really miss that. And with this in mind, Lisa and I will be moving from the school staff room to the warmth of my real fire and the soft cushions of my sitting-room, hopefully on a regular basis. My wish is that others may like to join us one day. Oh, the possibilities!
Thank you for all your encouraging comments about teenagers yesterday. It's great to know I'm not alone. x