Well, my dears, it’s about time I brought you up to speed with the news about our knitting/crochet group. The manager at the little café in the library was only too delighted when I enquired whether it would be possible to hold our wee crafty group there. I mean, I thought it would be a small group of about four or five ladies of a certain age, but I slightly underestimated the enthusiasm of the women with pointy pins.
I have agreed to host the sessions for the time being, until I can persuade someone else to take over. I had hoped that a session on a Monday would be sufficient, but no, such is the enthusiasm for this venture that I appear to have two groups – one on Monday and the other on Friday. At this point I have a list bearing the names of prospective members – and several names are down for both groups. There are about ten women who are able to come on a Monday and a dozen who rather like the idea of Friday. I think there are three duplicates!
I do think that twelve is the maximum we can accommodate – otherwise we will make it untenable for the café staff as we won’t be spending too much when we are there. Having said that, a cup of tea or coffee and a toasted teacake or a scone can add up to a tidy amount – especially when you multiply it by ten or twelve.
I had originally thought of charging a small weekly subscription, but as each member will be paying for their own drink and whatever they choose to eat, I feel that, at this stage, any extra charge on top may cause a problem for those of us on small pensions. I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to feel excluded because of the cost. I have spoken to the manager at the café and established that she is content not to charge us for the space and will reserve three or four tables for the group, which will be set out in a rectangle so everyone can see and hear what’s going on.
I’ve decided that each session will be ninety minutes long – I had originally thought about it being two hours, but if I plan on ninety minutes, it allows time for the stragglers to sort themselves out and will probably just keep it below two hours. I hope that this will all work out as planned, but of course, that may just be too easy! My concern is that if more people want to join, then I really feel that we will need to be in a different location. The obvious place would then be The Roasted Bean – I’m sure they would be happy to have a group of knitters there, but they are a commercial enterprise and will be looking to make a profit.
I’m sure it will be resolved, should we need to go down that route. Things normally have a habit of sorting themselves out, if we give them the opportunity. I must admit to liking The Roasted Bean – despite that silly name – and as G does a fair bit of the baking for them, we know that the pastries will be delicious.
I hope you think that my plans for the new groups seem about right. I now need to confirm the start date. I had thought that it may be best to start in September, when the schools return, but I don’t really think that is a major concern. Having said that, quite a few ladies are away with their family or friends during August, and I think it would be better to commence when most folk will be available. Of course, the café may be quieter when the children have returned to school.
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that the beginning of September is the best choice. I don’t really like rushing into things and it will give me time to email or message everyone who has said they would like to attend. I’ve never done anything like this before – but if I wait for someone else to organise it I may be waiting for a very long time. Sometimes it’s easier to just get on and do it yourself.
Right then, my dears, that means that you’re up to date with the knitting/crochet groups. I know there are many other things I need to tell you – but there are some things I need to clarify first!! I do have news about the new residents which I’ll tell you about the next time we meet. It is about time for me to decide on my lunch. What on earth shall I have today – I really haven’t a clue, but the cupboards and fridge/freezer are all full! As Always –
With Love – Jan xx