A good ache

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Copyright Sylvie Joly

In spite of the last month’s disorder, mess and apparent randomness, there are emerging patterns. I pull my bike out of the hallway and round the corner up Isabella Road, nod and smile to the school caretaker having a fag outside the gates, squeeze down the side of the cars backed up along Urswick road, and pull in by the Mother’s square to jump off and walk across the road to see where things have got to in the shop.

The barbers smile sympathetically and try to reassure me that it’s ‘really coming along now’. I haul any newly arrived boxes into the store room. Julia tells me what a mess the wood on the shop front is but she’ll do her best with some more sanding and priming. Dave looks at me gravely and says it may all take a bit longer. Give or take a few increases and decreases, it’s a rhythm that’s acquired a familiarity now.

Until yesterday.

No more painting, filling, sawing or wiring. Yesterday we laid out shelves, pegs, screws and instructions and slotted them altogether to create a structured new home for the yarn. Verticals were followed by horizontals which were followed by chunky little metal wheels to keep things rolling. And as we slotted and fitted, Greg fixed up the wooden tracks, perfectly matched as exact opposites of the ones on the back of each display box, so that each slots into place with a pleasing solidness. Each bit going up as planned in a deliberate order, with place and fit precisely defined.
And so as I rounded the corner back home in the evening, 10 hours after I left it in the morning, complete with the aches, bruises and broken nails of an unskilled workman, I felt the most wonderful relief and warmth about where I’d got to – like a fugue finally conceding its satisfying close.


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  6 comments for “A good ache

  1. Natasha
    April 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I was so excited to see this on my walk this morning 🙂 It’s looking really good and I’m really looking forward to a good browse on Wednesday!

    • admin
      April 16, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Thanks for coming by Natasha. It will be lovely to see you in the shop soon. I’ve got a chair at my knitting table waiting for you 🙂

  2. Fran
    April 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Can’t wait to visit shop recently started crocheting am very new am looking forward to looking around at exciting new wools

    • admin
      April 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Just got some amazing giant crochet hooks (as well as ordinary ones too) and some lovely crochet books as well. Come and pop in and say hello 🙂

  3. Carolyn
    April 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    You are following my dream. If you need an assistant please call. Live in Enfield but reckon I may have to come and see for myself

    • admin
      April 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Maybe you’ve caught me at a soppy moment but I think there’s something to be said for following dreams.This one went on quite a long time in my head before I had the courage to come out with it, but now that I have I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
      I think I’m a bit of a way off from being able to have an assistant but I’ll definitely get in touch if things get too busy. And please do pop by in the meanwhile!

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