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September 12, 2006



I never forget that this is supposed to be fun! Otherwise, why do it?


Great post.
You're really listening to Brit-brit? ;)


only to DO Somthing!


Preach on sister!!!!

Knitting is NOT a competitive sport, and I think people forget that- thanks for reminding us that knitting is mainly supposed to be about enjoyment....


Leave the politics to the professional. They seem to be screwing that up just fine all by themselves. As for knitting - we welcome all types!!


I teach a class I refer to as Sweater 101 and one of the main things I stress is that there is no knitting police. At some point, all of these stitches and ideas, etc. were thought of by someone sitting around somewhere trying to create a useful garment. So, as long as the garment looks reasonably good and fits, don't stress about perfection. Everyone has to knit a first sweater. You can't move on from there until you actually jump and do it.




Well said, Wendy!!!

Although...he he...I have a very funny image in my head right now of the knitting police...in very smart, cabled hats and fancy lace vests with "DROP THE NEEDLES!" on the back in intarsia...maybe they'd have big blue and red pompoms on the top of their cars...oh, dear....does anyone else read The Panopticon? I bet Franklin could do a right fine cartoon of the Knitting Police.

And PS...I also like Brit the Amazing Baby Machine's version of My Prerogative on that CD.


Kate, do you know Franklin? I wish I did. I wonder, should I introduce myself? I would LOVE to see one of his cartoons (with the knitting police)


I often ask that question but have yet to get a clear answer. The way I see it, some people feel the need to feel superior and the only place they have is knitting. They don't want you to excel because then they would no longer be special. I have enough of the politics at work. I don't need it in my knitting.

The concept of the knitting police are the reason I can't get my novice friends to join knitting groups. They fear getting criticized and I hate that they feel that way.


Very well said. You'd think those knitters would remember how they started, and want to help others.

gina L.

KIAK should do KAL and do a special web ring that you get into by being nominated and approved by the KIAL knitters. This sounds like the PTA at my kid's school. I need to do a SSK (So So Knitter) KAL along with a teacher’s aid. I humbly admit that I am definitely a want to be but not a poser. Until then I will just knit and knit then frog and frog... maybe someday I will become experienced.


Wow, did you read my yesterday's blog entry? Shoot, we are thinking along the same lines these days. Although since I was "attacked" by miss-know-it-all last Friday I haven't wanted to knit my Clap. But, I have knit myself into a sore right hand somehow.

I could say a bad word right now about her. I sooooooo want to. Shoot.

Thanks for a little encouragement (without even knowing it)

Miz Booshay

My grandmother taught me also. She only knit rows and rows of garter stitch, into long multi-colored scarves which were unwound and then re-knit.

But I am forever grateful to her for passing on the gift of knitting.



Here here! Knitting supposed to be fun, but some people take the fun and relaxtion out of it by being so serious and bloody-minded. It is also a personal thing and if I want to keep my mistakes in my knitting I will. As long as they are not 'shout and scream' error only 'faint whispers' I like to as they are part of my knitting journey.
It's a fun pastime and not a matter of life or death!!!


I have been knitting for about 37 years (give or take, I don't remember not knowing how to knit) and yet I've learned so much from "novice" knitters. It's all good, I hate when people say "You knit so beautifully, I'm embarassed to show you my scarf/potholder/little swatchy square". I cheer on any and every project. It's just the knitting that counts, right?

Patsy Kelly

I just had to finally write and let you know how much I love your blog. So unpretentious and real--and especially how heartily I agree with your thoughts today. And I, too, would not have my love of knitting and crochet were it not for my grandmother. She crocheted, using anything she could get her hands on, including plastic grocery bags that she crocheted into "a nice little mat for your kitchen". When I was little and asked her to teach me to crochet, she only had the patience to teach me to crochet a chain. So we sat there working side by side and after awhile I had what looked like miles of crocheted chain and asked what I was supposed to do next. She just waved her hand and said 'now just join it and go around'. Not the best teacher, but enough to instill a love of making things with hooks and needles and yarn. I still have many of the things she made me, and treasure them all. Even the old kitchen mat and the red and green acrylic afghans. Shortly before she died at 96, she said to me "you are the only one of my grandchildren who loves the things I love--remember when I taught you to crochet?"


SO TRUE!! I have a real problem with the knitting know it alls. There are also the dyeing and the spinning know it alls too and I just don't get it! Enjoy and have fun or it isn't worth it....and stop judging others so much.. Why is there so much of that?


Thank you.


Know it alls....ugh!! No matter what your hobby, you always run in to one of these people that want to ruin it for you.

My Great Grandma Erma,(Great-Great) after my daughter was born, taught me to crochet, which I later morphed into knitting. I can still see her time worn, dairy farmer hands. She lived to 97. We have crocheted bed spreads (made from string), afghans and doilies that will always be treasured.


Bless Grandma Erma! I'm happy you have some of her stuff. Thank goodness the stuff I have from my grandma is made out of acrylic. Otherwise, gosh knows what would have happened to it all by now!

nikki the blogless

Yeah. I know the type. They exist in real life and on the internet.


It's the KIAKs that spoil it for those of us that knit for the pure joy even when it doesn't turn out so perfect!

I love your description of the perfect KIAK project! :)


Amen and halleluyah! Those KIAKs are so bitter about a craft that is so relaxing and beautiful... I don't understand it! They are like the mean girls at that one table in high school... you know the one. And they never grew up, never got past their pettiness. They would have you believe that they learned to knit in the womb, were born with circulars in their hands. All the mere mortals who must learn how to knit are all defective in some way... their choice of books, yarn, needles, everything is inferior. They want all beginners to quit and go away already and stop making them feel old.

I run into wayyyyy too many of these people, and I can't stand them. Knitting Haterz. They drive me crazy. Why can't we knit and let knit, why the need to criticize everyone else? I just console myself with the fact that the KIAKs are most likely miserable in their personal lives, and attacking knitters that they consider lesser than themselves is their only outlet. Doesn't make them any more palatable, though. Because there are so many annoying KIAKs who look down their nose at everything, I am for the most part a solitary knitter/spinner.

One of the things I love most about this blog is that here there is no ripping on other designers, on other people for their yarn choices, or on other people's FO's. There's no cattiness, and it's SO refreshing!


...except for the Kiaks, and even now I'm feeling bad about saying this stuff. But honestly, I wonder what it is about the hierarchy out there. Because, and believe me on this one: The ones who are the "regular" knitters spend the most money on yarn and books...

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