Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Didn’t Know

There were so many things I didn’t know when I took up knitting.

I didn’t know I was going to need umpteen-million needles, or notions, or project bags.

I didn’t know I was going to need a digital camera.

I didn’t know I was going to buy so much yarn I’d have to stop teasing my mother about her fabric habit.

I didn’t know that I’d find myself surrounded by expectant mothers, who would cry over hand knit baby sweaters.

I didn’t know that knitting could make me laugh, or cry.

I didn’t know that lifelong friends could be found on the internet, when the only things we had in common to begin with were computers and a yarn habit.

I didn’t know that knitting makes an overbooked doctor’s office seem like a wonderful opportunity to get a few rounds in on a sock.

I didn’t know that it’s possible to take longer to decide which projects to take with me on vacation than it is to decide about the clothes I’m going to wear when I get there.

I didn’t know I could lose yarn in my own house. (Yeah, still looking for that darned stuff)

I didn’t know that I’d go shoe shopping one day with the express purpose of finding shoes to show off my hand knit socks.


Anybody else? What didn’t you know when you took up knitting?


KT said...

I didn't know I would start thinking sheep were so cute and craning my neck when we pass a flock of sheep by the side of the road. :) Oh, looky - sheep!

Great post!

Shan said...

I didn't know I was learning the single most comforting coping skill in the world.

Bridget said...

I love this post!

I'll add: I didn't know that finishing something I knitted and then having someone wear it would make me so excited.

Anonymous said...

i didnt know how much i was capable of, and i continue to surprise myself. its the most pleasing discovery. i also didnt know all the things you didnt know, and i love that we've still got more to find out!

Rose Red said...

I too learnt all those things - especially the friendship one - I truly didn't know it was possible to make such good friends over the internet and knitting.

Donna Lee said...

I didn't know I could fall asleep sitting up with needles in hand ("just one more row")
I didn't know that wool could be soft and not scratchy
I didn't know I had the stick-to-it-iveness needed to finish a large knitted project.
And yea, I didn't know yarn could get lost.(I mean, shouldn't it stay where I put it?)

knitseashore said...

I didn't know that finished projects would become tokens of wonderful memories from various times in my life. I love looking at things I've made, for myself and others, and remembering where I was knitting the object and what was happening at the time.

Chandler said...

I didn't know that random strangers would stop me in the street and asked me which pattern I used for something I was wearing! I love close encounters of the knitting kind.

essjay said...

Such a lovely post!

I didn't know knitting could be such a wonderful social outlet.

Mereknits said...

I didn't know that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they knit. Knitters who knit tightly need to be in control, knitters who knit loose, tend to go with the flow. I am a tight knitter!!! I love this blog post, just found your is lovely.

catsmum said...

well for a start I didn't know that it would be something I'd still have a passion for almost 50 years later [ I started at 7 ]
Like KT I wouldn't have anticipated the cute sheep [ and alpacas and goats ] thing
or the sense of belonging to a worldwide caring community of likeminded men and women