This time of year, it seems that we all honor those things that we appreciate and are thankful for. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US, and while we celebrate by eating turkey and stuffing with our families and friends, we consider the beautiful things in our life and how appreciative we are.
I want you all to know that I am thankful for you every day. It's not just one day or week of the year that I realize how greatly I've been affected by the thousands of knitters than I'm likely never to even meet. That because you find the service I provide to be valuable, you pay me to give you that service, and I can help support my family and stay home with my son. Yes, I work very long and hard. But I work for myself and for you, and let's face it, we're pretty cool bosses, aren't we? Afterall, we are Knitters. That, in and of itself makes us awesome!
My family is not the only one that is affected by your patronage. Yarn dyers, warehouse stockers, box factory workers, software designers and a myriad of others are affected by your purchases at my small store. I know of several dyers and local aritsans (and a very hard working sewing-maniac) that are having a very happy holiday because of all the special kits you've purchased this year. And let's not forget that well over 100 people will be well fed this Thanksgiving because of the success of the Harvest Mist kit in September.
But just as important to me as supporting my family, doing what I do every day makes me happy. When I opened the store, I joked with my family that 12-year old Allison would never have guessed that 26-year-old Allison would be opening an internet sock yarn store. Heck, even my accountant and attorney thought it was an odd niche. Since opening the store nearly five and a half years ago, I have never woken up the morning and hit the snooze alarm over and over, dreading work. I have not been resentful of sacrificing family holidays for work. I don't wonder how long I can last until I can do something new. And I don't count the days until retirement. I don't just work a job, I've found a career. One I enjoy and that fuels my need to be creative, and allows my slightly ADD personality to switch from one role to another at a moment's notice.
I started my business because I saw a need in the knitting community and I thought I could do a good job filling it. But it turns out that SSYC and my supporters have filled in need in me as well. And for that, I'm truly thankful.