Just a few more details about my wonderful SP package. The variegated yarn is a handpainted from Amish country. I’m still waiting for inspiration to hit on the best use of this special yarn. The note pad was a nod to my love of the beach. And notice the details on the handstamped gift tags as well as the handmade stitchmarkers holding them together. Such awesome thoughtfulness.
The SP program showed me that knitters can connect through cyberspace the way they connect in person in knitting groups. A journalist recently visited one of my groups and inquired about our thoughts. If you are so inclined, please let me know YOUR answers. Below is what I wrote (why waste writing about knitting on only one audience?!?!?! ):
1. Age, name, occupation, where do you live?
I’m 49, my name is Teresa, I’m a teacher (high school and elementary) and lawyer by training, but I currently teach high school English, and I live in Irvine.
2. When/Why did you start knitting?
I started knitting in high school, having sewn and cross-stitched quite a bit. I continued briefly into college (when I also hooked rugs — there’s a boyfriend curse related to rug-hooking, too, BTW), then stopped until about 5 years ago. I resumed when I realized how many new yarns and free patterns were out there compared to years ago.
3. What do you think about younger women knitting, as it’s traditionally been viewed as a hobby for older women?
I honestly don’t think it’s all that unusual — there’s just been more media attention. After all, where do the “older women” of today come from? They were the “younger women” of yesterday. Also, blogging and the explosion of online and print publications have exposed more of the formerly underground knitting (and crafts) community.
That said, it’s true that many younger women have produced interesting avant-garde and downright risque patterns and products that would not have been publicized in prior years!
4. Does knitting relax you, comfort you, take the place of a bad habit, etc?
All of the above! Primarily it relaxes me, and I love to see something tangible and pretty from the time I spend on it. I love knitting while listening to the radio or podcasts or re-watching favorite movies. I also love to knit with friends, although only on projects that don’t require a lot of concentration. Unfortunately, I realize I often knit to procrastinate. Not a good thing… Also, except for books on tape, I don’t read as much as I used to.
5. What’s your favorite thing to knit?
That’s like trying to name who your favorite child is! Each type of project has its unique virtues. I was really into socks and gloves for a while. Now I’m focused on sweaters and cabling. I’m guessing lace will be my next obsession. The one pattern I’ve done three times now (just cast on my fourth) is Kate Gilbert’s iconic shawl, Clapotis.
6. Do you attend a lot of knitting clubs?
I’m pretty religious about UCISnB because it’s so close to my home. I love the camaraderie of two other local groups (All Things String and SnB at Suzoo’s), but haven’t attended as regularly. There is some overlap among the members of these groups. A new one is OC Pub Knitters, which meets at a pub. 🙂
7. Why go to a knitting club?
I first went to get some help. Now I go to chat and share ideas and enjoy vicariously other people’s yarn and book and gadget purchases. Knitters are such interesting, creative people! Those who attend knitting groups share a passion, but not necessarily a background or political orientation or taste in books or music or food. But the passion is more than enough to link us.
8. How much time per week do you spend knitting?
It varies. During finals week and before grades were due I was down to only a couple of hours. Made me extremely grumpy! On vacation I’d guess about 4-6 hours a day.
9. Do you always finish one piece before you start another?
I have NEVER finished one piece before starting another!
10. Any really good local knitting clubs or yarn shops everyone should know about?
To the above I would add The Sheared Sheep and the PurlSoho warehouse in Costa Mesa. Even Tall Mouse, Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s occasionally have some great buys.