It was inevitable. I have pretty yarns for knitting. I have pretty tools for knitting. Eventually, I was going to need pretty jewelry about knitting.
I do a lot more reading than posting on Twitter, most of the time. For a while I was only updating when I had a new blog post, but now I’ve added in some general chat. I still don’t think it’s enough to justify 90+ followers (numbers fluctuate depending on how many spammers have followed me in the (futile) hope that I’ll follow them back), but I do enjoy reading the updates of friends and people–real people–who followed me and sounded interesting so I followed them in return.
One such “Twitter friend” is jlyarnworks. I was initially leery because she mentioned a home business in her bio and she’s following over 1000 people–usually 2 red flags. But she’s being followed by over 800, which is not what you see with a spammer, and in reading her updates I figured she sounded interesting.
JL Yarnworks is both a blog and a store that together cover a lot of things knitting: yarn, tutorials, knitting life experiences, stitch markers… But I didn’t know about any of that at first; I just enjoyed following her updates.
Then, one fateful day, she Twittered that she was making knitting themed Scrabble tile pendants. I wasn’t even sure what to picture here, so I clicked on the link she included…and found something that looked like these. The first one I clicked on happened to be a picture of a woman and a girl knitting together, and my mind immediately interpreted it as mom teaching young daughter to knit. I had to have it.
I did click away and click around a bit–the pendants weren’t yet for sale anyway–but I couldn’t forget that pendant. So I gave in and sent jlyarnworks a message. She responded, offering to let me know when the pendant was listed.
The wait was short but excruciating.
Finally, I got the notice I’d been waiting for, and I rushed to her etsy store to ensure I got it first…only to find she’d reserved the item for me. I still completed the purchase with unseemly haste…especially since as soon as I was done I saw another pendant, this time of a young girl knitting by herself. That one I bought for Lexie to have someday.
The pendants arrived a few days ago, and I’ve been wearing mine–the mom and daughter knitting–ever since.
I love them. Mom and daughter look like they’re having such a good time together, and the young girl looks so serious as she works on her sock (at least, I think it’s a sock). They both came on long black ribbons, ready to wear immediately. And jlyarnworks even included a pretty little stitch marker in one of my favorite colors!
I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on her shop to see what other artwork she uses–I may just start a collection!