No one close to me knits. No one. On one level, okay, I sort of get it. I’m in my 30s and most of my friends are in their 30s and to most people knitting isn’t exactly the coolest hobby there ever existed, but I wouldn’t have thought that there would be NO ONE in my life that knits. The closest I have is my mother-in-law. She is a truly lovely woman (truly!) and she enjoys crocheting, so at least she understands the appeal of yarn arts, but she lives a solid seven hour drive away. Not quite ideal. I have tried to get some of my friends who live closer to take on the hobby but there just isn’t the interest.
Due to an utter lack of knitters to talk with I have been forced to talk at my husband about knitting. And yes, I mean talk AT. I would not call any knitting conversations I have with him to be terribly reciprocal. I mostly just jibberjabber on at him about various knitting things until he gets so sick of hearing about it he asks (begs) me to give him a break from knitting talk. He tries hard and he is remarkably tolerant but I think he has hit his limit. Plus, he doesn’t exactly GET it, you know? He looks at my knitting and is able to comment on how something looks good, and he knows how long something took me to finish, but he doesn’t really understand the technique and skills used. This is true for trying to talk about knitting to any non-knitter. It is sort of like talking to a blind person about the colour red, you know?
In an effort to meet other knitters I make a point of always commenting on other people’s knitwear they are wearing. Maybe they made it and then we can talk about it. I also am usually wearing multiple knits of my own (this is especially easy during the cold cold wintertime). I always hope that another knitter will notice and say something.
You know what I think? I think every knitter should wear some sort of outward sign that they are a knitter so that other knitters will be able to recognize them. I’m thinking like the Deathly Hallows necklace that Xenophilius Lovegood wears to reveal himself to other Hallows questers. (If that made no sense, it is a Harry Potter reference. I am obsessed with Harry Potter, second only to knitting.) Something more obvious than just wearing lots of knitted items (since that could also be a sign that you’re friends with an avid knitter who gives you lots of things). I think every knitter should have a matching ring they wear on their hand. Maybe this secret symbol ring could also work as a stitch counter? But really, I want a way to identify other knitters so that we can talk, if only for a few minutes in line at the grocery store. Until then, I am off on my own little knitting island with no one to talk to. No one to show my knitting and have them understand the techniques and skill behind it. No one with whom I can share advice and tricks. No one who will give me an understanding look when I complain about splitty yarn or incorrect stitch count.
It is a tragedy, my life. An absolute tragedy.