I'm a knitter, but not a Knitter. I know this because I have read the Yarn Harlot. Real Knitters all over the internets worship the YH. I finally got her first book when it hit the 3 for 2 table at Borders a few weeks back, and I read it. And I realized that if this is what a Knitter is, I am a fraud and a failure.
Because I didn't get it. I just didn't get her humor at all - why does knitting sound so hard and so frantic? Why does anyone let a hobby become so consuming and exhausting? I realize she was exaggerating for comic effect - at least I hope to hell she was - but I've read enough blogs to know that for many Real Knitters she's not exaggerating that much. I didn't identify. I did really appreciate two of the essays, about the knitting doula and the woman who had to give away her stash - this is not to say that the Harlot can't write, for she clearly can write beautifully. I just didn't identify with most of the book and thought it was kind of silly. But millions of Real Knitters did get it, so clearly the fault is with me.
I couldn't identify with any of the examples of knitting as an obsession. Before I read her standard of obsession I would have said that I was obsessed, but clearly, I've been kidding myself. And it made knitting as a hobby sound really unappealing to me. It sounded like it can be hard, frantic, consuming, exhausting - stuff like pulling all-nighters to get gifts done. I don't do that. Screw that. This is a HOBBY. Gift occasions with rush deadlines are why God gave us online shopping and FedEx.
Why take on complicated projects with rush deadlines for FUN? Complicated projects with rush deadlines are work, and I expect to be paid for that shit. Why let a project that isn't working out consume every waking moment and drive me crazy? Real Knitters are reading these books and identifying, and I read it and totally didn't. I am not a Real Knitter. And frankly, I'm fine with this.
My four days off are drawing to a close, and I have enjoyed every minute of doing as little as possible. I worked out, I slept at least 8 hours every night, I knitted, I did a little housework, I read, I watched a lot of junk TV. And it was good.
I am shipping the hairy, oily alpaca-wool blend to Geogrrl, because she spoke up for it. (Doesn't it sound wonderful when I describe it that way? Aren't you jealous?) I feel better since putting it away, it definitely was giving me a tickle in the back of my throat. It's very pretty red, not overly itchy and definitely lanolin-rich, my hands are very soft after
But now that 10 skeins of hairy alpaca from a foreign land is leaving the stash, am I not totally justified with replacing it with something more suitable for a Pi Are Square for this climate?
I'm thinking Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Wool in sportweight. I keep coming back to the
Jeans colorway. It is definitely a Me color. 200 yards per skein - you think 6 skeins will make a decent Pi Are Square, or should I get 8?