I’m a perfectionist, and generally a private person, but I’ve spent much of the last week reflecting on how much I like to knit in public. It feels both public and private at the same time – like I’m carving out my own space.
I like it so much that this sock met John Kerry and John Edwards when they were in Cleveland yesterday – yes, I took my knitting to a political rally. Foolishly, I did not hold my sock up against the Kerry/Edwards banner to take my progress shot, but I did get asked about my knitting. Several people wanted to know what I was making, and were mightily impressed by my small birch needles (which exhibit a gentle bowing from use, thank you very much). I have reached the stage where I’m able to impress non-knitters with my needle-wielding skills (why, yes, this is very difficult – I’m breaking a sweat here!).
But this is what I find impressive – a sock heel that fits. (The fact that I like the sock *so* much because it fits so well is distracting me from the fact that my Lush sweater sleeve looks frighteningly long as I decrease for the cap). And here is where I admit that I must not be as much of a perfectionist as I think I am, because I will kit merrily away on socks that I know have mistakes in them. Did my stitches mysteriously rearrange themselves on the needle? Do I need to fudge the decreases to make the gusset come out (relatively) even? Is the toe a little wonky? No problem! The stitches are small! It’s going inside a shoe! Socks give me the freedom to make mistakes, full speed ahead!
In fact, I love to knit so much, that I will knit in public with stranger yarn. This photo was taken June 18, while Knit One Purl Too’s knitting book critiquing staff (aka my husband) and I were killing time on the east side of Cleveland before his brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Barnes and Noble helpfully had yarn on display with their knitting books, and I thought I was just silly that the yarn and that nice pair of Clover bamboo needles were going unused. So I cast on and started a scarf – it will be a permanent UFO, I’m sure, because by the time I get back to that store, the new hobby fad will probably be modelmaking. But I love the idea of an unsuspecting Barnes and Noble emplyee coming upon my secret knitting in public.
Bonus link: a preview of fall projects from Interweave Knits