Today began my annual stint of working at Au Chocolat (come on by - we're at 35 High Street in Boston!). Most of the time it is a matter of being quick on my feet, chatting with customers, and recalling all of the chocolate and other sweets I've eaten in the past month. Because of friends, I keep an eye on the gluten free candies and chocolates. Because of family, I keep an eye on the sugar free ones.
Sometimes working at Au Chocolat is not about the chocolate. Last year, for reasons I cannot remember, I was chatting with a guy trying to buy chocolates for his girlfriend and Lovecraft came up. Yup, I'm a gamer geek and he is a gamer geek and we shared geek cred while helping him pick out some tasty chocolates. It's a subculture, one I enjoy and am proud to be part of.
This year's subculture moment (if I can call us a subculture) was knitting related. I decided this week when I made the Pleiades Shawl that I was going to wear my knitting to work. The shop isn't super warm especially with the door opening and closing frequently. Today I wore my Ishbel that I made over the summer with a shawl pin I received from the Smart Ass Knitters yarn club last year (a red shawl with a blond wood heart shawl pin is a complete win for a chocolate shop around Valentine's Day). A nice lady came in wearing a Clapotis with some beautiful blues and greens. I said I liked her Clapotis and she responded in kind about my Ishbel. We discussed our yarn choices while I helped her get some chocolates.
Of course, now I'm on Ravelry trying to figure out which of the 17000+ Clapotis was the one I saw, because I was not smart enough to pay careful attention to the lady's name when I rang her up. Also, a chocolate shop in the financial district in Boston does not really mean I can limit it to 10 or 20 miles. She could be from a far ways away. Some of the people at in downtown Boston commute from Rhode Island, Connecticut or New Hampshire.
So, if the lovely lady with the beautiful Silk Garden Clapotis wants to introduce herself, please do so! It would nice to say hello when it is a bit less busy! Also it is hard to recognize someone by their Ravatar when they are now all bundled up for winter (and well, my Ravatar is the flying yarn ship from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).