Watch Your Back

Between the fabric stores and the yarn stores, I swear someone’s got a hit* out on me.

Can I even describe this so it makes sense? 75% of the time I am mistaken for an employee while going about my business**. Today I was busy Trying Not To Work (while visiting my Local Yarn Store) when a woman walked directly up to me and started asking me questions. I told her “I’m sorry; I don’t work here”. Uh, yeah. That didn’t mean a shred of negative space to this woman. I don’t think she was even listening.  I politely answered her questions, and directed her to the appropriate area of store.

I really don’t mind; I love teaching people to knit and to sew. It’s just frustrating to help people when that used to be my job.

My tally-total (this year) is five instances of mistaken employment in fabric stores. The yarn store count remains indeterminate. It’s harder to quantify yarn store instances, because I’m quite likely to confuse people due to general comfort in that environment. I don’t always notice when I “work” in yarn stores.

Oh well.

Still missing the camera cord. Maybe everything I own should come with a pager attached? *CoughcoughPurpleMousecough*

*Okay, fine. “Someone’s got an elaborate scheme in place to ensure that I am constantly reminded of my inability to turn my ‘fields of reasonable skill’ into a lucrative employment situation” would be more accurate that “hit”.

**Yeah…most of the time “business” means drooling over people’s merchandise that I clearly can’t afford at this point in time. There are so many projects to be made, and so many materials that need me to acquire them. Need, I tell you!!

One Response to “Watch Your Back”

  1. pooh Says:

    Maybe you should go to the busiest, most understaffed fabric or yarn store, and do your helpful best for a few hours. Maybe the stressed-out manager will notice your helpfulness and decide that s/he needs to bring you on as a paid employee. (Well, it’s a nice fantasy, anyhow.)

    On a slightly more realistic level, would you be interested in teaching classes in the fiber arts? Perhaps you could post a sign in the fabric and yarn shops.

    *Remember, this is FREE advice, and worth just as much as you paid for it.

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