I am always interested in other peoples’ “10 Things About Me” or “10 Things I Hate” or “7 Things I (Never) Learned in School.” Since this is a new blog and I think most people don’t know anything about me I thought this might be fun. It is possible, however, that the only people reading this already know more about me than they ever wanted. If you are one of those people, come back later.
Without further blather, here are 10 things I like about knitting:
1. Color-just can’t do the subtle, natural thing. I try but then, halfway through, I want to throw in some orange.
2. Garter stitch-love the crunchiness, the geometry (you know that garter stitch can create perfect squares, right?), the mindlessness.
3. Small projects-once I have figured out what a project is about, it is time to move on. Sleeve island, second sock syndrome, UFOs out the wazoo. That’s me.
4. Clever construction-Baby Surprise Jacket, mitered squares, anything by Norah Gaughan.
5. Did I say color?
6. Projects with intermediate goals-stripes, log cabin squares, mitered squares. I love getting a sense of accomplishment early and often.
7. Beautiful yarn-I can’t believe I just got to this one. I love hand-dyed, luxurious fibers, one-of-a-kind yummy yarn. And I can be bribed.
8. High quality finishing-this is new for me. Time was, when I had small people around, that anything I actually finished knitting was thrown together any which way. Now, I am really getting into proper finishing techniques. Go figure.
9. High quality tools-this goes along with number 7. If I am going to spend my time and creative effort on something I want to use the best tools I can afford. Last birthday I got a beautiful pair of Sajou scissors for my birthday. Love them.
10. The people-again, how did it take me so long to get here? Fiber people are my kind of people. Creative, funny, generous and sometimes pretty far out there. At a recent dinner party where I was the only knitter, weird as that was, I was also the only one who had heard of utilikilts. What, don’t all knitters know about utilikilts?