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Old 02-20-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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What is it about knitting...
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. 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 ) EZ is so interesting! 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
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:41 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-20-2006, 05:51 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jackie M.
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:
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:43 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:50 PM   #5
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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:
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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Re: What is it about knitting...
Originally Posted by mintdee
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 ) EZ is so interesting! 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!
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:07 PM   #7
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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!
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:11 PM   #8
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I agree- there must be a chemical change when we do handwork. There's something almost hypnotic about knitting to me!
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:26 PM   #9
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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!

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Old 02-20-2006, 07:34 PM   #10
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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.

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