Saturday, November 19, 2005

Conversations with knitting geeks; A Little Bit of Happy Version

A couple weeks ago at SnB, Moe and I had a conversation about her husband being a Gansey Man. It struck me as such knitter kind of thing to say. She blogged it as "A conversation with knitting geeks". I've had a couple of conversations with JAK over the last couple of weeks that have made me laugh out loud.

Imagine documentary filmmaker voice in overdub.

The voice: In the wild, knitters can approach their craft with varying degrees of commitment and intensity. To the outsider or "non-knitter", an otherwise useless ball of yarn, can be knit into beautiful, intricate and useful objects. For example, we join these knitters as they discuss something called "Clap-oh-tee".

Steph: "So, you want to go to the shop tomorrow?"

JAK: "Sure. We can get some coffee and then head over."

Steph: "Ok. Sounds good. Are you planning to buy anything?"

JAK: "Ummm... well, I really want the flaxen yarn."

Steph: "What do you want to make with it?"

JAK: "Clapotis."

Steph: "But I thought you bought that yarn in the sale bin to make Clapotis???"

JAK: "Yeah."

Steph: "Are you still going to make one using that?"

JAK: "Yeah"

Steph: "So, you're going to make two Clapotis?"

JAK: sounding "sheepish" and guilty "yeahhhhhhh."

cue laugh track.

The voice: Knitters have a sense of humour about their craft. And an overwhelming desire to throw themselves into projects wholeheartedly. It is something that "non-knitters" may never understand. We join these two knitters again in a taped phone conversation.

JAK: "I think I'm going to start the socks today."

Steph: "You're going to love it. I didn't think I was going to like making socks, but now that I've worn them, I understand. They're so warm. I can't wait to finish more of them."

JAK: "Yeah. I can't wait to get going on these."

Steph: said with passion "I mean, I think I could dedicate my life to making socks."

JAK: laughter "You could dedicate your life to making socks!!???"

The voice: As we see here in this transcript, knitters have a passion that can be almost comical. Please, join us next week when we show you photos of this knitter's finished objects in relation to the amount of yarn she has on hand to knit up for Christmas gifts.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:39 p.m.

    Jak should know that once she finishes clapotis, she might not want to knit it again (it took me forever) - however, "cozy" requires the same gauge yarn...