So, it occurred to me; we won’t take over the world without bringing new recruits to the Good Work. Therefore I have put together a little kit to welcome the newbies.
These are available on my itty bitty Etsy site. Go forth and spread the Word.
The long-suffering Mr. B was my test subject, and though there was swearing and complaining, there was also knitting by the end! So it has so far had 100% success! I am hoping that people who actually want to knit will also benefit from the kits.
These kits may or may not be the result of an argument/discussion Mr. B and I had about media coverage of knitting. After yet another ‘knitting is the new yoga’ type article claimed to have discovered that ‘not your grandma’s knitting’ existed, I was complaining about the laziness of the writer, the factually untrue nature of it all–I mean, how many years can knitting be the new trendy thing?–and that it was insulting to our grandmothers to denigrate their work so casually. Mr. B, however, disagreed. He pointed out that most people do not knit, and anything that brings it to the general public’s attention is a good thing for knitters and especially those of us who make our livings from knitting. He said it’s in our interest to not only tolerate, but court the kind of publicity that I was complaining about.
Don’t tell him, but I suppose he is right.
This weekend, I opened my studio for the Hackney Wicked Festival and I really can’t tell you how surprised some people were when they walked into my studio, saw knitting machines and me, hand-knitting. Most people never consider how things are made, or that people ‘still’ did that sort of thing. I heard many stories about many grandmas. It turns out most people do not know knitting is the new yoga.
In other news, the big knitting events of my year are over and, while they were great, I am ready to catch up on all the knitting I haven’t been able to do. Unwind Brighton, then Fibre East and finally Hackney Wicked were just a little bit more than I could manage gracefully in the last 3 weeks. (Because, you know dahling, I am nothing if not graceful….she says, choking on sarcastic laughter). So I reckon this kit counts as my pattern for August. And I don’t even really think that’s cheating probably.
I haven’t yet said much about my pattern for July, a shawl called Naloa, which is due to that fact that myself and the wunderbar Kettle Yarn Co. are planning some lovely KAL-shaped plans around it, but haven’t quite managed to finalize them.
Anywho, more on that soon.