spiderman knitting

I started knitting a year or so go. God knows why – I think it was really because I wanted an excuse to buy yarn. Anne can probably verify that I begged to look at the yarn at Fred Meyer long before I ever knew how to knit. If you ever see me featured on the show Hoarders, it’s going to be because I finally succumbed to my obsession with buying – but not using – craft supplies. And office supplies. And possibly socks.

My grandmother tried to teach me how to crochet when I was a kid, but I never got the hang of it. It looked like the same thing was going to happen with knitting – no matter how hard I stared at the little instruction booklet (from Fred Meyer!) and tried to follow the pictures, knitting felt like the most awkward thing ever created by mankind.

korean maltagi

Image the guy in the green shirt launching himself onto the backs of the "horse."

Now that I’m thinking about it, the most awkward thing ever is probably the Korean game 말다기 (maltagi), which means “horse riding.” You could probably ask any foreigner who has taught in a Korean middle school about this game, and they will be able to tell you exactly when and where they were when they first saw it, with a look of barely suppressed horror on their face. Or, if they were in Korea for long enough, a nostalgic smile.

Anyway, knitting sucked until I discovered continental knitting. Thank you, internet! Once I put the yarn in my left hand, I turned into a knitting machine. So far I’ve done a bunch of scarves, two blankets for my niece Avery, some pattern swatches for future reference, and part of a jacket for myself. Not the most amazing pieces by any means, but a lot of fun to make.

I expected that knitting things for other people would be kind of embarrassing, but it’s turned out to be my favorite part of knitting. The only reason I have stopped at two blankets for the niece is because she lives in Texas. Anywhere colder, and she would probably have one for every month of the year.

At the risk of sounding corny, I think that knitting has helped to keep closer ties with our family, scattered as they are across the States. Knowing that Avery and my brothers have handmade pieces makes me feel like they’re not so far away. I’ve had more conversations with my grandma since I started knitting. And when my mother-in-law gave me her own mother’s copy of A Treasury of Knitting Patterns for Christmas last year, I came damn close to crying.

So while I’m enjoying a personal day off from work today, you can bet that while I’m working on my jacket, I’ll be thinking about what project I can tackle next for someone else.


03/07/2011. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. Jan replied:

    Oh, Katie, it meant a lot to me to give you that book. Yes, tears.

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