April 14, 2005
Speaking of knitting in public
Our favorite subway knitter, Colleen, asked her readers to name the best placed to knit in public here in the Boston area, of course. Well, knitting in public can get one into trouble! A few weeks, maybe even months ago we (meaning, my Sunday S 'n B) were knitting away at True Grounds, when a writer for the Somerville News happened to be there. She was intrigued by our massive presence, and after asking a few questions, decided to write a full story. Long story short, we're in the freakin' paper today!!! And when I add those three exclamation points, I mean, there are five (five!) pages of knitting goodness. Look, even a picture:
So they got my name wrong, maybe it's better that way :). However, there are a ton of quotes by me (side note: it's so weird to always be referred to by my last name, but at least it's spelled right, which I can't say for some of the other people mentioned). Some of the things I apparently said:
- On knitting as a social activity: Some other Somerville knitting groups are more formal, instructing participants on a particular pattern or project at the same time, [Grumperina] said. ... "This group is great because people work on a variety of projects," [the grumpy one] said. "I wouldn't be happy in a group that worked with the same projects and designs. Say you run into a problem", she said. "If you're the only knitter you know, you're stuck. That's why these knitting forums are great."
- On why knitting has gained so much popularity: At True Grounds, [Grumperina said] that she thought the internet was partially responsible. "The rise of the internet in the 1990s and 2000s makes it easier to come out of houses and into cafes," she said.
- On the knitting "trend": Still, many knitters said that they picked up the hobby not to be part of the trend, but for a wide variety of personal reasons. "I'm not typically a trend-follower," said Grumperina. "The fact that it's popular now doesn't affect me. Everything I knit is not trendy. I've always chosen old-woman type style." (the actual adjective I used was classic)
- On how I started to knit: [The grumpy one] said that she was inspired to start knitting by seeing a friend give another friend a beautiful crocheted blanket at a baby shower. "I thought: 'I would like to give such a special gift.'"
And last, but certainly not least, the last sentence of the entire article, my closing quote:
- "It's a huge part of my life," [the grumpiest-looking knitter of the bunch] said."
Amen to that, ladies and gentlemen.