Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Knitting Together

I do a lot of my knitting socially. In fact, socializing is why I really got into knitting in the first place. I'm sure I've probably shared my 'getting into knitting' story previously, but the abbreviated version is that shortly after moving to Boston I wandered by (and into) a yarn shop and suddenly learned about the whole social knitting world - prior to that the epitome of social knitting was knitting a hat next to my friend knitting wristwarmers on the T-bane in Oslo. Suddenly there were knitting groups and knitting websites and I caught the bug fast.

I learned to knit when I was 6 or so and knit and ripped out a few strips of garter stitch. In high school I made two hats out of crazily variegated yarn, knit flat and seamed. I think one of them may still reside in my mom's garage.

I knit a scarf for my boyfriend in college. I knit a scarf for myself shortly after that and arrived in Norway with most of a scarf and had to ask my mom how to bind off long distance to Oregon. I went to the library and got a Norwegian pattern book, went to the yarn store and got my first circular needles and some wool, and successfully knit a ribbed hat in the round from a Norwegian pattern - my knitting has been rather adventurous from the start. I didn't like the hat so I gifted it to a classmate. I learned to crochet in Norway too.

I returned to the US and put down the knitting, although I think I did knit a hat for the boyfriend as well. And then I moved to Boston and all this craziness started. And now, well now it's history. I was asked on Monday by Guido about whether I think knitting is adversely affecting my life - does my knitting take anything away from my life?

I've thought about it and I don't think so. It helped me make some great friends here in Boston, gave me an obsession to... obsess over, and introduced me to a whole underground world. And I like it.

I guess I read less - maybe that's a bad thing. I did discover Librivox, however, thanks to knitting and Brenda, so it's enriched me in a literary fashion as well.

But this has gone *way* far from the direction I originally intended, which was to talk about my current group knitting projects - the Baby Norgi and Charlotte's Web which I was going to start tonight but I can't find my needles. Ah well, I guess I can save those for tomorrow.

So there's your philosophical and picture-less entry.

Listening to: Ending Theme ~ Pain of Salvation



Blogger Guido said...

Knitting... I wish I knew how to quit you...

4:32 AM  

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs