Really A Knitter

Good morning, friends!

As I sat down to plan today’s post, I thought we could all use a laugh. I decided to share with you one of the many cute jokes or amusing anecdotes from notorious knitting blogger and author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I picked up her infamous book Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter  and, intending to skim until I found a satisfactory tidbit, opened it at random to page 162.

I never made it past that page.

Here, the author begins a story about an intensely challenging project which causes her question her sanity, have one or two minor break downs, and ultimately emerge from this trial by fire a changed knitter. (Does this experience sound familiar?) She describes it this way:

“There is knitting and there is Knitting. Captial-K Knitting…(is) about a lifestyle. It’s about trying to learn everything there is to learn about the art of knitting and not being afraid to try things.”

This quote struck me right away because it reminded me of a moment from my own journey as a knitter. I had survived my most ambitious project to date- a lace shawlette in a fuzzy, pale pink yarn. I had learned to read a chart. I had learned (the hard way!) the importance of buying the right yarn, and enough of it. I understood for the first time how different stitches work together to create a whole design.

I brought the shawl to a gathering of friends and, feeling like DaVinci unveiling the Mona Lisa, I laid it with a flourish across the table. After a moment’s inspection, one of my friends beamed at me and delivered a compliment which I cherish in my heart to this day.

“Wow, you really are a Knitter!”

And I swear you could hear the capital K.

In retrospect, the finished shawl was far from perfect. It was, in fact, a holey shapeless mass of pink fluff. But Capital-K knitting isn’t really about being perfect after all, is it? It’s about falling in love with your art. It’s about taking on challenges that change the way you think. It’s about joining a community where your particular brand of loony is not only understood, it’s celebrated. And you can be a Knitter whether you’re on your first project or your four hundredth.

So if you’re a Knitter, here’s to you. Pause to look back on your proudest moment- you know, the one when you almost gave up, the one you talked about for days after you succeeded. What you did there was truly something special.

We salute you!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chrissie Reese
    Mar 23, 2016 @ 15:09:06

    Love your post Sheri, and your humor, I think I,m coming up for the Big K one of these days. See you soon!C😄



    • yarnpatch
      Mar 24, 2016 @ 10:36:04

      Chrissie – I wish I could take the credit, but its all Emily! She is a very gifted writer, and while we all do “collaborate” on the blog – she is indeed the author! Thank you for your support Chrissie – Happy Easter!



  2. Kathy kithcart
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:31:53

    Just finished all the blogs for March, a wealth of information. I’m heading over to the yarn patch tomorrow and check out all exciting things going on. Thanks emily



    Mar 24, 2016 @ 18:23:37

    I feel like the writer with the latest MKL #6. Because of your words of encouragement with each clue and my persistent nature I feel I have achieved the capital K. Cathy P.S. Just did the first rows 5-12 of boarder. The cast on video was great. And your answers to my questions Emily were spot on. By taking the plug and doing, I NOW understand how the boarder works. Thank you so much. Happy Easter to you all.🐰

    Sent from my iPhone




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