I’ve realised I may have unwittingly started a wee cult myself. Well not technically a cult, but I’ve started a craze. (I want a cult dammit!) Recently a large number (well ok 4) of my friends have been inspired to take up knitting again, they all learnt as children but stopped for some reason or another. Since I’ve talked of nothing but knitting (no, really) for the last few years it’s been sowing the seed in the minds of others that it’s a good idea. They all have minds of their own, but to heck with it, I’m taking the credit. One has even gone off and inspired somebody else to learn, see knitting is catching. It’s a disease, once you’ve got the bug you can’t get rid of it, even if it lies dormant for a few years.
I was very impressed when Danny Wallace (author of ‘Join Me’
and ‘The Yes Man’
) started a cult by mistake. I must admit being disappointed when he chose to use his minions for good instead of evil, but it could have gone the other way.
I’ve found it amusing watching from the sidelines. Jenny, expecting in about 2 weeks, holds one needle like a javelin and yet has knitted and lined two beautiful blankets. Emily, knitting for an expectant friend, has got so broody I think it won’t be long before little Ems appear. Louise is also knitting for a new baby, her sister’s and the first baby of her generation. Lizzy, knitting and spreading the word, has just had a knitting masterclass from her mother in the space of 3 days and very proudly announced she can now make holes. I live in hope they are the deliberate kind - my learner knitting was full of inadvertent ones.
I can’t wait to see Lizzy’s knitting once she gets started, as she picks out the best knitted gifts and gave me this bag for Yule. It's fantastic and in my favourite colours.
I burst with joy knowing they are all knitting. Knitting rocks and I think everybody should do it. Danny’s cult performs Random Acts of Kindness, mine Random Acts of Knitting.
Of course there is still Jen, the anti-knitter, who needs defeating at any cost. She’s firmly in the Can’t Knit, Won’t Knit camp, but every cult needs an arch enemy.
To join Danny click here.
To join me, just follow the Two Comknitments:
Thou shalt knit.
Thou shalt encourage others to knit.
As for me, I didn’t finish even half the stuff I wanted to by the New Year, but new projects were far more exciting and calling to me. The baby cape is almost done, but I ran out of yarn half way through the hood, so I started the papoose which is a bit mindless but growing quickly. I’ve also realized I haven’t done much in the way of accessories and have started making hats, mitts and booties. These were my first socks, The Two Needle Socks from ‘Baby Knits for Beginners’ by Debbie Bliss. I’m trying to use up scraps, so I put stripes in them. Forget Em getting broody, I’m just melting over these.