Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Knitting Blessings

I was sitting on the bus today chatting with my friend Janice about my knitting group (Barnes & Noble at South Hills Village, every other Friday @ 7:30, next meeting this Friday Feb. 23) and it occurred to me that alot of good things have come into my life because of knitting. First and foremost, some wonderful people. My good friend Heather, Janice (with whom I was speaking), Steven, Carly, Taylor, Dee, Stacy, Beverly, Holly. All of whom I met through knitting. Also, some great experiences. I met and learned from Kathryn Alexander, got a handwritten card from Meg Swansen, chatted with the Yarn Harlot. And knitting has even helped my career! One evening the Senior VP stopped on her way past my desk and asked for some knitting advice for her daughter who was learning to knit. I obliged, and shortly thereafter I both got a bonus and was promoted. Coincidental? I don't think so. And patience. Knitting has given me patience. I don't mind waiting, I feel productive at all times (of course, this isn't always a good thing. Like when I should be cleaning the bathroom instead of knitting). And finally, knitting gives me a tangible and lasting way to show I care. It's like a hug the recipient can walk away with. They might not always think so, or appreciate it, but I know it. So what has knitting done for You?

It's rainy here. My roof is dripping. Last night the giant icicle that was as big around as a small boy crashed to the ground, waking me up and making Dave (who was downstairs) and I go on a wild goose chase looking for what broke. It took us about 5 minutes to figure it out. It's very warm out, and it smells like my neighbor is grilling steaks. Grilling! Can summer be very far away?

Here's my LL sweater. It's dry and just slightly crunchy from its unfortunate collision with Dave's orange juice. (Did you think it was the boys?) After the incident as I was carrying my knitting upstairs to dry he remarked "Oh, I'm making the blog tonight!" I told him I should get him a tee shirt that says "Yeah, I'm that guy from the blog."

Hey, did you see? Yarn Harlot will be here in Pittsburgh on March 30th! We're the first stop on the Representation tour. We can't let New York outdo us. So let all your knitting buddies know. Celtic Queen and I have been making plans. She wondered if we should let the bookstore know what they were in for. I said no, the publicist would have warned them. If they didn't listen, that's their problem. (But I plan to get there early, just in case.)


hollyboc said...

What has knitting done for me? I think the most important thing is that it brought wonderful new friends into my life that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I love that I can give a gift that is unique and hand made for a special recipient. I think the real joy will come with knitting for grandchildren. It has also given me something I can share with my sister and my niece who share my enthusiasum.

Celtic Queen said...

Knitting has given me the realization that though I may think I'm messed up, a terrible parent, must've been crazy to be a software designer, and I'm not the hottie I used to be.... well hey I'm still really good at something. It has given me a way to step back and put things into perspective again. Besides, it gives you the excuse to talk to complete strangers and so doing find new friends