It occurred to me, rereading my last post, that I haven’t introduced you to The Enablers. They are my peeps, my knitting role models, my go-tos for questions, and my chief abettors. Marsha, who is now an ESL teacher, was a yarn shop manager in a former life. She can identify a mystery yarn at 10 paces and her knowledge base is deep and wide. Lea, an anesthesiologist in real life, is a knitter par excellence. She knits fast and furious and what she hasn’t done probably isn’t worth doing. Phyliss is a drama teacher who may be drifting to the dark side–quilting. We are all working to keep her with us since she brings color and humor to everything she touches. When I say “we” I usually mean the four of us or some combination of us.
Knitting seems like a solitary pursuit. You don’t need anything more than needles and yarn. Yet everywhere you look in the knitting world you find groups of people–knitting guilds, Sit and Stitch at LYSs, meet-ups at fiber festivals, Ravelry. No one else gets us in quite the same way as other knitters. And there is something about sitting and knitting and talking that fills a deep need. Knitters are, in general, a pretty welcoming bunch. We are connected by the craft we love and want to meet others who love it, too. “What are you working on?” “Have you seen the new pattern in Knitty?” “How do you do that cast on again?” “Want to come over and knit?” In a world of increasing technology knitting binds us together.