I am SO happy to announce that we finally have a spot to park our yarn truck. Whew! RELIEF! But, not just any spot. The RIGHT spot.
Hold on now. You know I’m a writer and I love to yarn a tale, so let me tell you the whole story. When I was looking for a place to park I Google earthed our neighborhood. I want to stay in our neighborhood. It suits us. We belong here. And as I’m eyeballing the Earth as God might do as He looks for a place to land a lightening bolt, I kept zooming in on Nora’s Sugar Shack.
Hmmm….I’ve never been there. Never been anywhere, so I don’t want anyone to take that personally. But, I felt drawn to it. So, I sent her a message and told her what I had in mind. She wrote me back rather quickly. “Cheers! Come by and talk in person.” So, Phillip and I got in “Cletus, the Crochit Mobile” and headed over. We pulled up, walked in…..and this wash came over me. This feeling of something I had forgotten.
We started talking right away. Where to park? She said, “RIGHT THERE! Right in front. Everyone will see you,” then she gave us a tour of the Sugar Shack. Eclectic and fun. Familiar and wonderful. Like someone’s living room.
The kind of place where you talked about going to see Reverend Horton Heat. Where clove cigarettes were passed around. Where the bartender is your roommate’s girlfriend. Where none of the chairs match. Where you whispered about a secret picnic to Lake Ivanhoe with your squeeze, listening to a battery powered radio tuned into Edith Piaf. Where you passed bootleg VHS tapes of Brit-coms because you couldn’t stream them back then…..Where “cool” things were still fun because they were still a secret to the mainstream.
As she gave the tour I couldn’t help mutter, “Man, this reminds me of my 20’s. Of Yab-Yum and Go Lounge….” She turned to me and smiled and said, “Well, there’s a reason for that. All those people come here now.” Yes, 20 years later and I’m back to a familiar old space, just a new location. It’s no longer at the same address it once was, but the aura of those days, those people had simply moved to someplace else. HERE.
We started mentioning names we both knew, and the next thing I realized was that it was going to feel like something of a reunion in my mind. The same faces I had not seen in two decades, swarming through the same vibe of enjoyment and relaxation that I had once dug myself into when I was a wee little thing. There was a reason I came here. THIS is where we belonged. By being here, we were challenging the knitting world once again. We aren’t quiet with pastels, clean lines and polished presentation. Our truck looks edgier, different….early punk and rock and roll.
She gave me a hug and said, “Let’s try this out. Saturday, 2pm.”
So, this is it! This is our first “gig on the road,” our first “concert date.” Our maiden voyage in the yarn truck finally coming true. So, spread the word everyone! TELL EVERYONE! And I mean that! Don’t think because they don’t live in Orlando doesn’t mean they won’t share with the world and someone in Orlando won’t hear about our yarn truck!
We’ll be there from 2pm to 6ish pm, Saturday the 19th of August. If you’re in Orlando, DO come out and visit us and let everyone know how hard we have ALL worked to make this happen. Bring your friends. And if you don’t live in Orlando, but know someone who does, let them know about these two guys knitting and crocheting out of the back of a pick up truck while selling yarn. (And good yarn, too! We’ve got some GREAT skeins imported from France!)
Maybe we could make this viral? You know, how some girl says she’s having a birthday party, posts it online and suddenly 1,000 people show up. Wouldn’t that be a great way to send off this new enterprise? Can you imagine how amazing it would be to see so many people to come out and help us toast the yarn truck? So, spread the word #crochitters! We can change the way people think about knitting. It can be fun and imaginable, it can be beer and cigars. It can be ball caps and blue jeans. It can be whatever you want…..
We’ll see you Saturday, 19th of August from 2-6ish. Nora’s Sugar Shack, 636 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
We’ll see you then! Honk!