Stitch House is located in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Because my own house was in the process of being, well, reworked in order to address a water damage issue, my son and I last minute decided to spend some time in Maine (with my folks) in order to be out of the house for the worst of the work (we were supposed to be gone one week and ended up being gone two–the house is still a complete disaster, a little dusty, but water damage issue addressed. Whew.) Thus: my father met me and my little boy at the airport and as we navigated our way through warehousey areas, I wondered when we would get to a place that looked as though it might be home to a knit shop. . .
Stitch House is tucked into an area that is mixed residential, commercial, industrial, or at least that’s how it looked to me. Annissa George owns the shop and is a commanding force. Here she is arriving at the shop–this photo in no way does her justice. She’s a striking, beautiful woman who seems to know everyone she meets on the street, in the pub we went to for dinner. She would do well in politics, I think. She gets things done, moves people, makes things happen. Her customers LOVE her and after meeting her I can see why.
Dorchester, like many areas in this country, has been hit hard by the international economic crisis. As it is in many places, everyone I met either had been laid off, had a close someone who was or is out of work, or was in the process of some reinvention. It was sobering but inspiring. This context accounted for a low sign-up rate for the workshop, so Annissa did an amazing thing–she offered the workshop for free! It was interesting how this simple fact changed the flavor of the workshop. It was much more relaxed and meant that there were folks of a much broader skill level in attendance than usual. Annissa and I tag team taught Lisa to knit, I started a lot of folks on bag projects, helped others finish bags, got some folks going on flowers. People dropped in and out. It was comfortable, relaxed, often very quiet as people worked, and I felt very much at home.
Thank you Stitch House and everyone who came to the workshop. See below for some of the participants and their projects.