Knitting

by Olivia A. (’14)

When I consider the large number of things in this world that I adamantly avoid (pre-calculus, prolonged eye contact, hair braiding, logarithms, shaving, calligraphy, the ACT, etc.), knitting is the final, impassable frontier. I can’t knit. I won’t knit. I will never knit.

This has been a difficult truth to come to ever since I was young, annoying, and extremely impressionable. I knit a hat once to appease curiosity for my mother, though it’s the only thing I’ll ever knit (I call it my clown barf hat for a reason). I know I can knit, and that I should want to knit. I’ve been raised around sheep and textile artists (a culture of surrogate grandmothers wearing hand-knit socks with sandals, discussing sustainable organic cotton, mushrooms, and menopause), so I have no real excuse for not knitting—I have the skills, the tutors, and the frighteningly large quantities of yarn. I just won’t do it, and I’m accepting that now because I know from experience that knitting makes my brain explode.

But it’s okay, I don’t have to do it. I think by this point my mother and her friends have accepted the loss. They’ve given me mohair locks to make rainbow leg warmers and listened to the long-winded explanations behind my felted cell diagrams that look like pea pods and ham. I try to make crafts that I want to make, do the art I want to do, and spend my free time how I want to spend it. What would be the point of it otherwise?

2 thoughts on “Knitting

  1. Julie Glantz says:

    I, too, have stood at the crossroads of To Knit and Not to Knit.
    In this, I would say, we are kin- true amateurs. from the Latin amator, doing what we love, mostly. When we can. Clown Barf notwithstanding.
    Thanks for a good read. And Gally Ho. Any minute now.

  2. SOTA Creative Writing says:

    As the supervisor of this blog, I immediately went into “edit” mode to correct “I knit a hat once” to “I knitted a hat once.” Knowing how conscientious Olivia and the blogging interns are, I decided to do a little research. I learned that both “knit” and “knitted” are acceptable as the past-tense of the verb. Here is what Grammarist.com has to say on the matter:

    Knit vs. knitted

    The verb knit is traditionally uninflected in the past-tense, perfect-tense, and past-participle forms. However, knitted has long been accepted, and it appears in all varieties of modern English.

    Knitted is safest as a participial adjective (e.g., a knitted scarf), but it also works as a verb (e.g., she knitted all morning). Knit also works in these uses (e.g., a knit scarf, she knit all morning), but it’s falling out of favor.

    With knit-bombing a common sight in this fair city of ours, I’m pleased that I am now more informed about the use of this word.

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