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mintdee
02-20-2006, 05:16 PM
That brings people together? I was in Barnes and Nobles today killing time between classes looking at knitting books. This woman walks up and started looking at knitting books as well. When she reached to get a book she said "Like I need anymore" I laughed and agreed with her. We went from there to talking about all sorts of things knitting and family related. We stood there talking for about 20 mins! I of course mentioned knitting help. :thumbsup: Never would I just have a random conversation with a stranger (way too shy) its amazing. Needless to say that although I was not planning on buying anything I walked out with Chick knits (on sale) and EZ's knitting without tears (I went to Panera bread afterward and ended up reading most of the first chapter before checking the time and realizing that I missed my second class :oops: ) EZ is so interesting! :roflhard: Anyway I thought that it was funny so I had to tell you all about it. Chick Knits looks interesting so far, I haven't been able to look at it to much yet thanks to EZ :D

Jackie M.
02-20-2006, 05:41 PM
OMG...I have been wondering that myself for a long time!

I work in a library and have ordered new knitting books and when someone checks out the books, and they are usually beginners, I always write down the address for this site. I demonstrate the videos on my computer for them and suddenly I have a new friend. We talk way too long about knitting ( I should be working) but we are drawn together by this one hobby.

I have also wondered why knitting is so much more relaxing (imho) than other needle crafts.

Jackie

Jenelle
02-20-2006, 05:51 PM
I have also wondered why knitting is so much more relaxing (imho) than other needle crafts.

I think it's the way your hands move. I've done some reasearch on that and sometimes you are relaxed by a certain way you move your hands.

Maybe knitting has this same effect? :thinking: :??

Ingrid
02-20-2006, 06:43 PM
I would bet money that the act of knitting changes the brain chemistry. I know that I feel different when I knit. When it's chaotic at work, people ask me how I stay so calm. My only answer? "I knit." They think I'm joking!

I have taught/helped 5 people at work with their knitting and they always come to me so, so excited when they either do something new or get a new yarn. And you know what? I'm equally excited, and it's NOT because I taught them. I'm excited, I guess, because I understand their excitement.

I think those of us for whom knitting becomes a passion are kindred spirits.

feministmama
02-20-2006, 06:50 PM
I think its becuase knitting (and crochet too I guess) is so forgiving. With sewing, if you make a mistake you're bummin but with knitting you can just rip out and start again. Also I think the softness and yumminess of yarn is attractive to people. Soothing if you will. Wheras palin ole fabric is just...well..fabric. you can make fabric out of knitting or anything really. SO knitting is more versatile that way. Oh hell, we're all so biased anyway so take whatever I say with a grain of saltiness. :rollseyes:

Andrea
02-20-2006, 06:56 PM
Needless to say that although I was not planning on buying anything I walked out with Chick knits (on sale) and EZ's knitting without tears (I went to Panera bread afterward and ended up reading most of the first chapter before checking the time and realizing that I missed my second class :oops: ) EZ is so interesting! :roflhard: Anyway I thought that it was funny so I had to tell you all about it. Chick Knits looks interesting so far, I haven't been able to look at it to much yet thanks to EZ :D

I went to Border's today hoping to buy the EZ book, but they didn't have it! :( I saw it on Amazon, so I might try there instead!

AidanM
02-20-2006, 07:07 PM
I KNOW that crochet and knitting change brain chemistry. Knitting gets me focused, I become very intent on each stitch.

Crochet usually lets me daydream and think more, since I'm better at it and I don't need to pay as much attention to it. I often ponder problems while I work, and I usually end up feeling as though I'm in some sort of meditative state where the brain works without much guidance from the consciousness. When I don't end up like that, boy to projects seem to drag on foreverrrrrrrrr!

Ellen Edwards
02-20-2006, 07:11 PM
I agree- there must be a chemical change when we do handwork. There's something almost hypnotic about knitting to me! :heart:

hedgehog
02-20-2006, 07:26 PM
Knitters bond.. that's a simple fact.

The other day i was getting the oil changed in my car. I was at one of those "super lube" kind of places and normally i sit in the filthy waiting room with a bunch of men talking about their trucks, oil weights and other things that i do not relate to.

However the last time i went, the waiting room was filled with women - five, including myself. One woman was knitting a fuzzy scarf and she was VERY gregarious by nature. She was sort of making conversation and joking about her knitting when another woman and myself engaged with her in a knitting discussion. It seems the other woman sitting there had suffered a stroke (from an aneurysm) in July and hadn't knitted since. So the gregarious woman knitting the scarf (who was a physical therapist) handed over her knitting and kindly cajoled her to start again. At first the woman politely refused but then she started doing row after row. It was funny, the gregarious woman immediately pulled out a different project and started working on that so that the woman who had had a stroke wouldn't feel like she had to hand the scarf back.

We all sat and discussed knitting while the other two college-aged girls watched. When the stroke sufferer's car was done, the physical therapist handed the knitting to me so i wouldn't be bored. I handed it back to her when my car was done. She was so pleased that the scarf had been in the hands of other knitters and would tell the recipient it was knitted with love.

To be honest, it was a bit surreal to be sitting in a filthy "super lube" kind of place discussing knitting. I think we made the guy behind the desk a little uncomfortable.. :)

But those're knitters for ya! Friendly among comrades!

-hh

ecuzzacrea
02-20-2006, 07:34 PM
fun stories!

a group of us knit every Wednesday night at our local Starbucks and not one week goes by that we're not asked about knitting or something like that. lots of people just ask what we're doing and give us compliments too which is cool.

i :heart: knitting!

Pixywhispers
02-20-2006, 07:37 PM
I looked and couldnt find it, but a while back I read that in France when they still beheaded people that women were knitting in the square, and others said that they (the knitters) were so cold, and it showed how cruel that country was. But actually after more research (and sense maybe) those women were putting off the stress of the whole thing? Anyone else read about that? It was a really interesting article. I'll go look some more.

I think the article also mentioned emergency knitting, which is absolutely a part of my life.

edited to say Here it is
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=209

Pixywhispers
02-20-2006, 07:38 PM
I looked and couldnt find it, but a while back I read that in France when they still beheaded people that women were knitting in the square, and others said that they (the knitters) were so cold, and it showed how cruel that country was. But actually after more research (and sense maybe) it was revealed that those women were putting off the stress of the whole thing. Anyone else read about that? It was a really interesting article. I'll go look some more.

I think the article also mentioned emergency knitting, which is absolutely a part of my life.

knitncook
02-21-2006, 05:22 PM
HH, I have a knitting at the auto repair place story too. I had to take my van in for a recall (Your airbag may fail to deploy should you be in an accident) and had an appointment (not like that meant anything). I was stuck in the waiting room for almost 2 hours ("We'll have you in and out in a jiffy ma'am") with the television stuck on "Let's Make A Deal" (I didn't even know Bob Barker was still alive!) I pulled out my knitting and the young lady sitting next to me instantly lit up and started asking me all kinds of questions. "Is it hard?" "What are you making?" "What is felting?" "Where do you get your supplies?" etc. It was great sharing that with someone. Her car finished quickly and an older gentleman came in and he too started asking questions. He watched me for the longest time and then said, "You are just so smart to bring something to do with you that will make something in the end." (I thought that was pretty funny!) I told him I knit everywhere and that it is a great portable project. Finally my car was finished and the guy came to get me. The older gentleman said, "Let her get to the end of a row." I giggled and asked if he was sure he didn't knit and he said, "No, but that's what my mother always said!"

feministmama
02-21-2006, 05:53 PM
WHat great stories! Hedgehog I got all misty eyed :shock: I...*sniff*....I love you guys.....

Celine
02-21-2006, 08:35 PM
I too have to say that knitters are the friendliest people I have ever met!! I went to a knitting guild meeting for the first time and ALL of the ladies there were VERY friendly. I also take knitting classes at my LYS and ALL of the ladies in the classes are so nice. We always find something to chat about that is knitting or fiber related!! lol :XX: :XX: I wish I knew about this years ago...I would have gotten serious about knitting back then! :happydance:

knittingachiever
02-21-2006, 10:45 PM
I know for me, there's a little bit of the outcast's "we have to stick together" attitude in how I gravitate to other knitters. Even though knitting has gotten some more popularity lately, overall it's still kind of a marginalized activity. I could be wrong, but I doubt people have the same kind of automatic empathy when they both like, say, softball, because it's a more widely accepted and understood activity than knitting is.

We're different, and special, and we want to take care of each other. :D

CateKnits
02-21-2006, 11:09 PM
People tend to think it's "really cool" and also really funny that I knit. I guess it's because I'm nineteen and have a bunch of piercings or something. I've been sort of ignored by salepeople at LYSs because I guess they don't think I'm a "serious" knitter. :rollseyes:
But I made a friend at work through knitting! :cheering: Well, sort of. I mean, she was my buddy for having to fix all of my problems before that, anyway. :D But she just taught her daughters (around my age) how to knit over Christmas, so she just started again. She gets properly excited over the pictures of my projects that I email to my dad (I work with him, too). :roflhard:
What's REALLY cool is having your friend/roommate be a knitter, as well. She understands all of my knitting woes and my exciting stash enhancements. :D

Jan in CA
02-21-2006, 11:13 PM
I've noticed that, too. Twice now when I went to the library to pick up knitting books on hold people have asked me questions. It's fun to find these common bonds in people we would otherwise probably not pay much attention, too.

HH..that story is AWESOME! Knitncook, yours is cool, too!

I haven't knit much in public yet, but I think if I want to find more kindred spirits I need to start. Thanks for these stories!