Tuesday, January 13, 2009

lesbians, catboys, ukes, yarn and harlots: The Knitting Post...at last!

Okay, socially I am compelled to speak out about a “lifestyle choice” that is seems to be spreading. You see people doing it publically in sunny parks, behind closed doors (of course!) but now though recently rightly considered a PUBLIC THEAT these same people are now, according to a 2008 article, allowed to pleasure themselves on a plane, as THEY PLEASE. I am of course talking about knitting.
Yes, the lure of the yarn, Canada, the same country with legalized same sex marriage has as the number one blog, Yarn Harlot. I think the name says it all, and if it doesn’t, the names of the colors of yarn, the skeins, range from Eye of Jupiter to Dream in Color Smooshy and Maui Sunset. Do these not sound like drinks you have had, or the names of that waccy tabbacy or LSD? Yes, there is something seriously addictive about knitting and it all starts with this: the spindle. Sure, we have been warned by fairy tales to STAY away from spindles (and knitting), but do we listen. No!

I myself would probably be clacking my own special titanium needles, if my hand eye coordination were not so crap. Why? Because it is alluring, the colors, the texture, the softness, the click, clack, click, clack. The whole experience lulls you softly to the dark side. And yes, there is a DARK SIDE. Knitting has no limits, no restrictions on its ‘lifestyle’, one just goes from one orgy of color and creation to another until it is TOO late. Things like rules, like morals, mean nothing to a dark side knitter. Yes, all was shown to me in this book, Loose Knits (I really have this cover), “Her private life was her own business.” Well, I think we all know what that means. Sigh. Oh the tales that cardigan could tell!

Why does this man have droplets of sweat upon looking at the Cat Boy?Is it his erotic Uke charms (Uke is the traditional younger, more femme in a japanese male/male pairing) and the intricate pleasures of fur? Most certainly, but also because he knows that, yes, HE is a knitter (dare he approach?!).

And these women, don’t those eyes tell it all? I think so. Yes, they are knitters too! They are probably off now for the erotic pleasures which are the only interludes between their knitting projects (Now that I write that it sounds sort of fun...wait!...see how easy it is to be sucked in). There is no boundary, country, sexual orientation; lesbians do it, gay guys do it, straight people do it, bisexuals do it. So alluring.

Approach knitters with CAUTION! I am not saying that ALL knitters have got to the place where it all skeins and patterns, schedules and new needles, more colors, variants of patterns, breaking tradition, breaking rules until nothing matters!!!!! But some are. Here is a tragic case I see all too often. Young girls, allured in by the easy pleasures of knitting, but then find modern world too dull, too confining when a skein and two needles can make anything you imagine. They start hanging with the wrong element, looking for those fast and cheap thrills to fill that hole which knitting made. Yes, that’s right, you down the left, with your knitted cap and ear flaps, a good girl once but now, just another member of a 'girl gang'. A life wasted....for earflaps? Sigh.

Here we see a knitter who has just finished her project, floating on what is know as ‘knitter’s high’, yes, she is in her own world, dreaming of her next pattern and her next color, shall she use the swing needles and Jewel of the Nile? Nothing can reach her now, as she floats on the feeling of a project done. Even when they aren’t knitting, in a sad way, they still are.

This Uke is a knitter, and proud of it too, so boldly does he look in the eye. That is the confidence of someone who has completed several patterns, who has created a pattern variation and successfully knitted it. “But, but,” I hear you say, “as long as he is happy.” Well yes, he IS happy, but what about those around him (and what about his poor Seme who never gets to play or hold him, as the Uke is now so obsessed with knitting?), how many yarn widows and yarn widowers have we across this great land? I am a workaholic but knitters go FAR, FAR beyond anything I could do. They dream knitting I think, as every spare second, every minute waiting for a doctor or on a plane is spent, knitting, knitting, knitting. The closer they grow, they more they cling to those who speak the language of patterns and skeins and fall away from those of us who still love them. Love like this, my first girlfriend, who didn’t in the end have time for me, didn’t even talk. And when I could get her to relax, what is she reading? SOB!!! A book of PATTERNS! Yes, I knew then that I had lost her to knitting.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there, as knitting leads on to embroidery and all sorts of other hand-crafts. And while Kamikaze Girls is a great tale of a mismatched couple of girl who fall in love, it is also the embroidery love song as a girl who does her own embroidery ends up working for Baby, Star shine bright (VB rose, another manga/move also is about a girl, caught in the delicate web of sewing, of knitting, of embroidery).

Am I saying that all knitters are bad? Of course not, but to see this beautiful cat boy in a kimono, NOT enjoying the sakura Cherry blossoms because why? He is deciding that he should start that pattern over with a skein of Blue Hawaii rather than Belladonna. Can he not see the beauty around him, the moon, the flowers, the petals, the stars. Sadly no, only the skein of Blue Hawaii.
Here is a classic trio who have enticed a newbie into the lure of yarn and knitting. First, the one of the left is obviously aroused thinking of all the ‘help’ she will be able to provide this newbie in a community where people help each other with projects all the time, hands touching, knitting needles clacking, the soft rub of yarn…. The girl in the middle is the ‘catcher’, the one whose enthusiasm for knitting and how EASY it is pulls them in. Little do they know that a lifetime of knitting obsession awaits them? While the girl far right is already away, now that the little fish reeled in, she is back with patterns and possibilities. Oh, what will be made next? Already anti-social, even as she has convinced another to join her ‘lifestyle.’

Nor do I say that knitting (in moderation...with therapy) is bad, in fact, so many people seem to enjoy it I think there is a lot of good that can come of it; but much like pinball machines, we have to ask ourselves, what of those poor people for whom it becomes an obsession? There are literally so many patterns, so many people, like Yarn Harlot or Yarnophiliac who have openly embraced their addiction, who gladly push it on to others, not knowing if they can handle the strain. There is no way to complete all patterns, and yet, sometimes it seems that knitters will try. That the dozens of gifts will all be knit, that socks and sweaters will be done in record time. More, more more!

We finish with the fruits of labour, a knitter who has finished with her scarf and is enjoying a well deserved rest. Is that what you see? Because the truth is, she isn’t even looking at or enjoying the scarf she has made. WHY? Because that isn’t a book she is reading in enjoyment, no, it is a SCHEDULE that an enabler like Lene has created for her. No, no! Look at the trees, the park. But, for her, it is TOO LATE, she is already realizing that she is 90 minutes behind on her knitting schedule. And that is all she can see. No she didn’t turn delinquent, but there is a lonely lover waiting somewhere for her, who will have to wait some more.....she just needs to finish these socks before she can head home.

38 comments:

rachelcreative said...

Oh no - you're not going to trick me into outing myself as a closet knitter to the world.

I wouldn't fall for that ploy and go exposing my private world of me being a knitter-in-waiting, a crochet-wannabe and ex-cross-stitcher too.

No that's staying a secret.

But I will share this link to knitted organs which includes knitted lungs and a knitted bowel

http://www.sarahillenberger.com/news_sz.html

wendryn said...

Heh - too true! And funny - thanks for the smile!

Stephanie said...

*snort!* That's a hilarious portrait of a knitter. And yes. You are correct. They're insane with that not-looking-at-anything-else-ness.

It took me a while to figure out that the Lene that comments here is the Yarn Harlot's Lene. She's famous! :O Anyway, awesome post.

Lene Andersen said...

Y'know... for someone who doesn't knit, you've really got a good sense of what a knitting addiction is. :)

I had to give it up years agobecause my body couldn't do it anymore and I still miss it. More than I miss smoking. Your drool-inducing descriptions made me want to pick up the needles and some yummy yarn and knit away. Sigh. There's really nothing like it. It's magic (making clothing out of two sticks and some string), you knit love into every stitch and it's excellent company during almost all other activities.

Must go fondle some merino or alpaca. I'm jonesing.

sly civilian said...

hehe. i hear you on this. someone in several of my classes in college would knit during lectures, and i thought it was the most annoying thing ever...

as it turns out, we're now good friends, but i never could figure out why she simply *had* to knit all the time....even when we'd hang out in bars.

must be something in the wool.

Tim said...

Hi Elizabeth, I hope you're doing well today and keeping warm. I got Zed in the mail yesterday, I'm so excited! I owe you an email, because I need to find out what gloves you want. I may end up getting you mittens though, I think they'll work better.

I want to send you a jpeg of some custom artwork that I had done for the album cover of my last band's CD too. It was done by a very talented young manga artist in Colorado that I know who was only 20 when she drew it.

Anyway, have as good a day as you can, and don't forget your rest and gatorade.

Tom P. said...

You are very funny and clever. I love how you worked the pictures into your story.

Years ago I used to crochet. I have problems with my hands (I have a vertebrae problem in my neck that is affecting my hands), so I don't think I could start crocheting or knitting. I don't have much spare time anyway. Maybe after I have the surgery on my neck and the kids get a little older.

Abi said...

Elizabeth, you are a bad, bad temptress. You are going to be one of those people who cause new rules to be made, I am sure. It is not a good idea to encourage me in the direction of a new craft, especially one I have been considering taking up for a while. If I had a spinning wheel, I would be spinning already.

But no, I shall resist. You shall not tempt me towards the dark side. There is no way I have the space to store wool for yet another craft, nor a spinning wheel.

That "I just have to finish this, this and this and then I can take a break/do that other thing I should be finishing right now" feeling is so familiar to me, although I wish it weren't. It's so true - there is never any time to enjoy the fruits of one's labour before it has to be wrapped and presented to someone else.

I think that my current project, a goldfish mobile made out of felt, will be just for me. I can pretend that my living room is a pond, which is (surprisingly enough) something I never considered doing until I realised how cute felt fish actually are. I shall then appreciate it for as long as I don't have to give an emergency present to anyone!

Veralidaine said...

This is so funny! I don't knit, but I can see the appeal of getting all wrapped up in a hobby like knitting. I love the pictures, too. The ear flaps one had me laughing so hard my coworkers all stared at me and then when I said something about "gangs of knitters roaming the streets," I think they all simultaneously quietly Googled the phone number of the nearest psychiatrist.

thea said...

Oh goodness I surely know some knitters! This is a beautiful tongue-in-cheek article... and I like the way you combined your pictures with the yarn concept.

And was it Blue Hawaii... it makes me want to make things!

Anna said...

:)

Lotus said...

Is crocheting just as bad? I only took it up so I could make anime references, if it helps. Surely any hobby becomes ok if it's main aim is to create anime references? :)

Elizabeth McClung said...

Yes, the picture is of a skein of Blue Hawaii, I can give the link if you want.

I know a lot of people who read here, or sometimes read here are knitters and I promised that I WOULD do a knitting post, I hope they don't mind that I did it a bit tongue in cheek. I was honestly amazed that they are still restricting my nail clippers and contact solution but you can take knitting needles on a plane? What high up cabal of power do these knitters have?

Rachelcreative: I did a little cross stitch and found it too LONG to do, so I think I would be ripe for knitting now that I am (NOT housebound) stay at home and wanting to have something to show that I still exist. And they are very fuzzy, and pretty colors, in my research I was reading Yarn Harlot about how she knitted angora and had to stop myself from drooling.

Thank you to the link to the organs, which are both distrubing and sort of pretty. Well, like pinball (I just remember a sermon in church about the dangers of pinball when I was a wee child, and these 'arcades' springing up to suck in our youth), if you participate, remember the DANGERS!

Wendryn: I am glad you liked it, I thought a smile would be nice for everyone (as MY weather is grey!).

Stephanie: Well, I hoped the knitters would realize it was tongue in cheek - I couldn't believe that book "Loose Knits" - yup morals gone bad!

I did throw in a Uke or two but I did manage to do a knitting post! PLEASE link to it as I am not likely to get another knitting one done, since I'm not likely to finish a project and show it off, so I want knitters to know I care, in my own, albiet twisted way!

Yes, Lene is famous for some things, but infamous for MORE!

Lene: I'm a writer, I do my research, besides, I just remembered back to "Red on the highway" and "Death on the Asphalt" and all the other warning films and tried to imitate that 1950's, 1960's style.

I will say, just from the different gifts I have recieved there is such a variety of objects and clothing that can be knit that it hardly seems possible for all of them to come from a single pair of needles (I know there are special needles for special projects!). So artistically I like that, I just can't believe though how incredibly popular it is.

As I learned last summer, I can go to any street faire and just say, Yarn Harlot and instantly have a conversation (of course, I haven't a clue what THEY are talking about but it is still a connection).

Sly Civilian: Wow, knitting in bars, that can get you into trouble in some bars. I had a rule, the fewer the windows the less likely I was going into that bar. If it was a shack with NO window, no way! I am glad you two ended up friends - and I bet she gave you something she knitted too!

Tim: Thanks for the pic, I love it, and I am glad you had a good time while away.

Mittens are good for sitting still but bad for braking. Still looking for like leather work gloves (like for ranchers) with lined insides.

I'm glad you got Zed, I hope it lives up to expectations.

Tom P. - Thanks, I did work very hard to try and find amoung my books some pictures of knitting or that I could use in a knitting post. So I am glad the work paid off. I could never get the complexity of Crochet, or maybe I just had a few failures and quit early, I can't quite remember. I think the think with knitting is that you can almost have your hands moving on thier own. While something like Crossstitch is like doing calculus, if you happen to be 74 over and 39 down instead of 71 over and 39 down, you are probably going to have to redo over 100 stitches. ARG!

Thanks for showing it crosses gender lines, I know that more women blog about knitting and such but that the stats show that a significant amount of guys do knitting and crochet they just don't bring it up at the football game for some reason.

Abi: Well, I am glad you don't have a spinning wheel as the woman who owned the second wheel had four sheep to go with it so she had her own supply of yarn. That's how I see, you first the wheel then the "Well it would only make sense to have some sheep...." - but you do have a few projects on the go. What I want to know, and you can come back in am months to tell me, is do you get that in building things for joinery or organs, dreaming of it, thinking of it in the off times?

Oh yes, I forgot your soap, which you labour over and yes, how much do YOU get to enjoy before plotting your next batch. Wow, you really DO have a lot on the go!

I'm like you, I tend to buy (my making days are over), things for myself but it is also a 'just in case' present too!

Veralidaine: I am glad you enjoyed it. I think there is a sense of community and that accomplishment, and 'what will I do next....?' in most hobbies or passions, it is just there are SO many knitters, that this is now a global phenomenon.

I'm really glad you liked the pictures and laughed, I worked hard to find that picture and was like, "AH, hah, wooly cap with ear flaps - girl gone bad - perfect!"

Thea: it really was blue Hawaii, I can post the link if you want or I think you follow the link from Yarn Harlot for Eye of Jupiter and then look at the other colors and it shows up. It is very nice and does bring an urge of ideas of what to do, I hope the knitters understand I am in jest!

Anna: Glad I got a smile. Too much serious stuff of late!

Tammy said...

Ah, I'm a knitter, and there is nothing I love more than to crochet. I have to do it in the summer/early fall though, since my hands aren't on speaking terms with me most of the winter, but I LOVE it. It is an addictive, obsessive habit. I switch back and forth between knitting and crochet, but lets just say it's a good thing I live in a small "country" house (in decor and location), because every horizontal surface, and a few non horizontal are covered in either doilies or a form of quilting (another guilty pleasure) Scrapbooking is my winter project...which is a very neglected mistress this year.
Very fun post and your picture are so perfect in telling your picture.

yanub said...

I have knitting needles and yarn! And after I get them out and click them around together, I still have knitting needles and yarn! Someyear, I will get past cast on and actually be able to put in an entire row and turn it. And then I can die, having conquered the puzzle that has eluded me all these years.

Olivia said...

Excellent knitting post! You really nailed it and now I am in the office wishing I was home with sticks and string - somehow you made it even a little more erotic than usual ;)

And, in Australia, you CAN'T knit on planes! Knitting needles are banned objects. Even plastic or bamboo. You may or may not be able to crochet. The rules are under review, so we live in hope.

Jejune said...

LOL - it's all true! Wonderful post :)

Abi said...

I hadn't really considered the implications of the spinning wheel in terms of sheep. I was thinking that I would buy a large amount of fleece and some carders. I would then have to buy a few dyes. They would not be enough, so I would have to buy some more colours. I would also have to buy lots of sparkly bits to put in the yarn.

Then I would run out of fleece and consider buying some sheep. Of course, sheep can be eaten and milked, so I would have to make them have lambs and find a friend who would also rear sheep so that we could eat each other's sheep when the time came. Then I would have to work on my vegetable garden so that I have vegetables to go with the lamb.

Then I would remember that I knew someone who has alpacas, and would work on getting one of them, as it would make a change to spin with their wool. I'd probably branch out into rabbits, too.

You are absolutely correct - getting a spinning wheel would be a bad idea. I know that if I take up knitting I will eventually end up spinning my own yarn, so I really had better avoid knitting. It would be very expensive.

I think that one does get to think about one's organ projects in one's down-time. They are incredibly complicated, so there is always something to think about.

And no, I don't get to enjoy my own soaps. I have so many of the bloody things that I haven't even tried them all yet - it takes a long time for me to use a soap, and the two I have in the shower and the one I have by the bathroom sink are lasting for ages; there are about eight in use in the kitchen (I need about two), most of which are tiny little bits which I simply cannot finish. Does anyone want any soap? I seem to be addicted.

Lene Andersen said...

I really, really like the idea of being infamous. ;)

Neil said...

Oh, that is wonderful. Beth. Just one small correction: the photo is of a spinning wheel, which takes up space. A spindle (drop spindle) takes up almost no space (which is why you need 14 of them), and can be used ANYWHERE, including in the lineup at the bank.

My Beloved has been a knitter for years, and claims you can either knit, or you can crochet, but almost nobody (except Abi) can do both.

My Beloved has spun with a drop spindle as she walked to and from a meeting 3.5 km from home. She has spun in the lineup at the bank. It is addictive. She has also pulled out her knitting needles on the bus, in medical waiting rooms, and in the waiting room at the hospital, she knit for nearly eight hours while waiting for my colonoscopy to be over with, so she could accompany me home in a taxi, and knit in the taxi.

You have titanium needles?


Lene: I always thought you sounded subversive. :) And wonderful.

Fabulous and funny post, Beth. Well done!

Love and slightly fuzzy hugs,
Neil

Bells said...

Love it. Yes we do dream of knitting. All the time. In about 10 mins I'll be on a bus with my needles and all will be right in the world agian.

Raccoon said...

Hilarious!

I don't knit (or crochet, or weave, or sew, or...), but I know people that do. I think I'm going to e-mail that post's address to a couple of people...

Nice collection of pictures, too.

One Sick Mother said...

Elizabeth,

Hilarious post! I enjoyed it very much. I am a knitter, although bad hands don't allow that as often as I would like (my friend Steve tells me it is unseemly for a knitter to curse as much as I do, but there you go) but I still find myself analyzing knitted objects: "Hand or machine", "how did they achieve that effect?"

I took my kid to see "The Golden Compass" and at one point Joe dropped his candy and asked me to tell him what he had missed in the confusion. I had to think. I had been so busy trying to figure out what size needles I would need to recreate Lyra's hat, that I wasn't following the plot!

Grace would have understood. She knits too.

On your previous post: I also have the consistency problem, but I will do what I can. I'm happy to join a buddy group or design a spreadsheet.

I will e-mail you (...or Linda? Who is Chief Lackey Organizer) about it.

-OSM

cheryl g said...

Hi, I’m Cheryl and my mother is a knitter. She has been a knitter for as long as I can remember. For a long time she was able to control it but then all us kids grew up and moved away. Now it has taken over her life. She had my dad build rows of floor to ceiling shelves in my brother’s bedroom so she can store yarn and fabric. The cupboards in my old bedroom are stuffed full of yarn. She begs for yarn from strangers. She has even joined a gang of knitters. They went on a yarn buying trip and terrorized Denver. I try to remember that it is an illness but it is hard. Now both my sisters have succumbed to this addiction as well.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Great post! I am blown away that you found anime knitting pictures to illustrate. That is sooo cool!

Abi said...

Neil, I can neither knit nor crochet. Apparently all I can do with wool is get it really, really tangled up so that it can't be teased apart readily. Which is sort of like knitting or crocheting, and also not at all like it.

JaneB said...

I'm meant to be thinking about WORK, stop making me think about yarn... I hoard books (and then there's my patchworking stash - a drawer full of 'fat quarters') - I can't afford to horde yarn too!

Thank you for the latest card - the stamp of the dryad is wonderful, and the pretty boys are fun to look at.... my Dad has gone, so boy-boy pictures can freely enter the house again!

Neil said...

**Hi Cheryl!**

Ohhh, fabric. I'm on a clothing list; one person posted that her mother distributed a number of sewing machines and sergers to her children before her death. After she died, there were more sewing machines and sergers to purge from the house; her dining table was a sheet of wood on a bale of fabric; and in general, there was enough fabric in the house to stock a small to medium sized fabric store. Someone commented "The one who dies with the most fabric wins." Someone else said, "The one who dies with the most fabric is dead. When's the estate sale?"

Neil's sewing hint for the day: if you need to find the exact centre of any piece of fabric, spread it on the floor and leave the room for three minutes. When you come back, locate the cat, and you will have a furry mark denoting the EXACT centre of the fabric.

Rachel: that link is incredible: spool knitting for the lungs and bowel, I'm sure. The other links on that site are equally creative.

Love and hugs,
Neil

Queen Slug said...

But, but it feels so good when I do it. ;)

desdemona said...

OMG, you rock! I was laughing tears reading this :-)

More via email ;-)
desdemona

Elizabeth McClung said...

Lotus: I think crocheting can have the same addictive qualities, I have found that while there are groups that put knitters and crocheters together there are also some that want to put them apart. As for me, I put them in the "want to make something that you saw or thought up in your head with your own hands" catagory. Which admittedly includes a lot of things. And all are admittedly addictive.

TAmmy: Linda did quilting, which is/was popular in the praries but knitting has caught on fire, and I think this is where I am supposed to go, "Will no one think of the CHILDREN?!" - Well, they do get scarves and socks and woolen hats out of it. You just have to wonder if they say at school, "My mother's favorite phrase is, "Not NOW, I only have 11 more rows to go!""

Linda does winter scrapbooking too. But that is one EXPENSIVE addiction! Not that cashmere skeins are cheap, but cheaper.

Yanub: I am pretty much like you, I would go to a support group for people who have been shown how to knit over five or six times and still can't get it.

Olivia: I have to find the article which was just a couple months old as I thought it included Australia and I was thinking, "Okay, my nail clippers get taken away in case I try to hold up the plane but these people get GIANT pointy rods to put through eyes and ears? Who ARE these knitters and how high up in power has this addiction spread?"

Knitting is by nature a tactile experience, anything that tactile has to get wake up the body, I think, doesn't it?

Jejune: Thanks, high praise, I am just glad I could do a knitting post for the knitting readers. Though it took a while to find all the right pictures.

Abi: I had forgotten that of course you would need to dye it yourself! And yes, then there are the sheep, I of course tend to think of shearing while you are already on to the veg patch as a side dish - woah!

I think that probably like for old eyeglasses there is a charity for people who have little bits of soap where they can be made into a giant soap ball and sent to places that need them. Ironically if you WANT to send soap, I think the soldiers in the british army are always asking for personal hygenie products as they standard issue which always isn't the best; whether they want peach or raspberry soap, I can't say. It is just in looking to send postcards I came across a site called Any Solider where soldiers request things, and soap is always high up there along with feminine hygiene products (even though the requesters were guys, so that was like, "What are they using them FOR?").

Yes, I can see not only the project you are on with organs but always working on the 'perfect organ' in your head.

Lene: Oh, you didn't know you were infamous, sorry, I figured you had been told! Isn't there a committee that is supposed to do that?

Neil: true but spindles are less photogenic. I have heard this knitting/crocheting divide but I know many who do both (and already some on here who do both) I think it is just the addictive nature of each draws one deeper and deeper into the web of seduction. That's my theory and I'm sticking with it!

Bells: I am glad (Olivia, and you said it wasn't quite so sensual - that sounds like jonesing (being cut off from ones supply) to me, and needing the high, the quick fix!). One thing I dread to think of is if the world woke up to find all knitting needles gone - that would be some really jonesing and crabby people by the afternoon (When knitters turn ugly: finding they have left their needles at home on a two week trip!).

Raccoon: thanks, I did actually have a weaving anime picture that had been vetted by a weaver but then I couldn't find it and after an hour looking I gave up. I'm glad it amused, but knitting is a bit easier to haul about than a loom.

One Sick Mother: I am very glad that you liked it, and I think as we have established you are close to the DARK SIDE of knitting so you can swear all you want (except around newbies - after all, knitting world domination might be delayed). I do that as well, analyze how they did that, except thankful I don't know, and then don't have to rush home to try and reproduce it.

I love the story about the film, since if you had retold the movie story would it have been, "First there were her woolen gloves and then it moved onto her multicolored scarf which I think was alpaca, and then the hat, that was very good..."

Thanks for helping out, Cheryl is currently doing the spreadsheet as her job is one which is used to coordinating timetables and such. So I think email her and that would be cool! Thanks.

Cheryl: What is strange is I honestly can't tell which parts you are exaggerating if ANY becuase I do know people who have the wall to ceiling for projects; so I don't know for certain. Which I suppose is good satire, unless it isn't satire, in which case, I guess I am sorry as, wait a minute that would be why as soon as I was adopted into the family I got like a carton box full of knitted stuff, she is just waiting for people to give it to?

Anime is life! That's what I keep saying; I just need to find that Uke store where they get the fab clothes.

Jane B: Yes, the one thing about hoarding is that once it starts it can really take over - Linda had to do an 'intervention' (honestly) when I started collecting old typewriters like Underwoood no. 5 and such, after 16, she said, pick your best two but we do need to WALK in this apartment (then there were the gramaphones.....)

Excellent, I will continue to send the cute boys having fun postcard wise, as long as they are fun to recieve.

Neil: that's true, I have always claimed and consoled myself by losing a book at auction or other places that I am young, they are older, and I will go to THEIR estate sale. Hmmmm, that didn't quite work out as expected, I bet a few of the collectors are just WAITING for me to pop off - which is just another reason not to!

Queen Slug: I know, I suspect the tactile nature is what first leads people down the garden path, that and accomplishment. However, if your Significant Other is waking up at 3:00 am to find you have snuck out of bed and hears the click, clack, click, clack - it is time to see professional help (there are these deprogrammers who kidnap you and keep you in a motel room without yarn or needles no matter how much you beg!)

Desdemona: I am glad to bring some joy to your day!

cheryl g said...

Uh actualyy none of it was exaggeration. The other day a guy I work with gave me three garbage bags of partially used skeins for me to send to my mom. I dread clearing the house when my parents die.

Devi said...

I'm not a knitter yet, but your post reminded me that I'd love to take it up.

Raccoon said...

Male soldiers on duty requesting feminine hygiene products? Makes perfect sense, actually. What are feminine hygiene products designed for? Soaking up blood. What do soldiers have after a IED goes off under their vehicle? Lots of blood leaking out.

Neil said...

Oh, so spindles aren't photogenic? Do I hear a challenge there, sweetie? It'll take a few days; the bloody spindles have spread aaalllll over the house.

Love and hugs,
Neil

thea said...

I am a fabric pack-rat... but I have odd furtively-draped bundles of yarn peering around a few odd corners here and there, too. And I have to confess to knitting a number of bootees and matinee jackets and tiny hats in the past, and at least getting to the point of not having to look at the knitting for lacy stitches. And it was very, very soothing at times.

There's some fabulous imagery around yarn and the things you can do with it. Thanks for reminding me of such beautiful things, everyone...

Donna Lee said...

Great description of the addiction, I mean craft of knitting. I knit, crochet, embroider and sew. And i am always looking at knitted objects and wondering "is it handknit? or machine?" Did the wearer make it? was it a gift?

Kita said...

Hi Beth

I'm just sending you a wee note to say thank you so very much for the card. I havent been around so much as have been n a very very bad headspace. Your card helped me see someone cares. And that s very precious.

Once, a whle ago, when I was first pregnant, I decided that would take up knitting. So there I was, plain, plain pearl until I had a cuff and half a sleeve knitted. Then it 'disappeared' (put in the bin) I discovered back then - I HATE KNITTING!

FridaWrites said...

suddenly, i wish to knit...