I miss the lost art of knitting done not in private, but knitting out in public places. Sitting in the doctors or dentist office as a child, I remember watching one or two women waiting and knitting.
It seemed such a peaceful activity as they sat oblivious to everything going around them including my brother and I reeking havoc with all the other kids in the waiting room. Now that is what you call intense FOCUS! My mom did not knit so alas, I am, I feel, a deprived soul contributing to this lost art. Not that I blame my mom, but it does make it far more difficult to learn as an adult. I have tried many, and I mean many, how-to-knit books and DVD’s but either it’s my laziness, (most likely the real reason) stupidity (this could also be the real problem) or my plain lack of talent (waaahhhh!!!) that consistently produces lovely yarn
So, I know what you are thinking, why don’t you take knitting classes or find a person say, from church to teach you. Believe me, I have tried. I have approached every woman who may look like she knits from my church and my usual response is, “WWHHHaatt!! Meeeee knit??? You gotta be kiddin’ me!” The other thing is, living in a very small rural town you would think someone would be available to help this poor knitting deprived soul. I am beginning to suspect however, that some of the women are secretly knitting and meeting every week at their social knitting club down in the church fellowship hall. Yeah, I have seen the empty coffee cups and the cookie and sandwich crumbs every so often down there. Oh, and I would like to know who just anonymously donated all the assorted knitted items for the Christmas Bazaar auction??? See, this is how “lost art” begins. You stop teaching the next generation and soon only a handful of people practice the art and boom, next thing you know, it is gone.
Well, I really wish all the knitting
womenpeople would come back and fill all the waiting rooms with their knitting because I sure do miss seeing all the creation that came out of the tiny ball of yarn. It’s pretty amazing.
Are you into knitting? If so, how did you learn your craft? Was it passed down to you or self-taught? Ohh, if you belong to a knitting club, please share a bit what your group does. At least I can dream about knitting through your club!
See you back here tomorrow and I’m imagining (all) the knitted sweater photos I will one day post! Haha…
Credits and Inspiration for this post comes from Wikipedia (photos) and Daily WP #303, What do you miss?