I just heard from a very old friend who doesn't knit. I heard from her just days ago, out of the blue. I don't know how she found this blog or the steps she took to find it, but like I said, she doesn't knit, but we know each other really well. We've known each other for many years although we haven't spoken in about 17 of them.
We went to Beauty College together and I fried her hair one day while attempting to perm it. (She had to slick on pomade for about four months until it relaxed). On Tuesday and Thursday mornings after we graduated, before we went to work in the salon, we worked out with a guy named "Val" at the local gym while wearing Jane Fonda disco work-out clothes.
(Long time readers: She's the one I got snowed in with that one night and we clipped letters out of the local newspapers so we could write a stealth suggestion for the suggestion box at our five-person salon. It said: "Santa says 'Shop Early for Christmas and Avoid the Holiday Rush.'")
Anyway. Off topic, I know, but I wanted to write about it because she is someone I'd call a long-lost friend. If I could gain anything from this blog, it would be to say that I have made new friends and found old ones again and even though the online knitting community can be so welcoming yet alienating at the same time, there are good times and I want to hang on to them.
About the Muggles. I mentioned it briefly on a post a week ago, and then again on the Ravelry site--on the forum--that it was a little disconcerting how I noted that some in the knitting community were beginning to refer to those "not in the know" or "those who don't knit/aren't interested in it" as "Muggles."
Although I don't really know if I'm concerned about people referring to those on the "outside" as "Muggles," what gives me pause is the insinuation that we are in some sort of club and "they" aren't.
It reminds me of the days when I walked into the LYS and everyone stopped talking.
It reminds me of the day when the LYS owner asked me to do a swatch and I did the backward loop cast on, and she scoffed (while the rest of the gals sitting around the table chuckled).
It reminds me of all the reasons that I nearly did not want to learn to knit.
It reminds me of how scared I was to finally get the gumption and sit down at the table at the LYS, along with the rest of the insiders.
It reminds me of being a "Muggle."
(Just so you know, the consensus is that the folks generally think it is okay to call people who "don't knit," "Muggles." So, I think that I'm in the minority, here.)
Beyond that, I finally began a new pattern. It's out of the Black Pearl Yarns Cashmere in Black Onyx. It's gorgeous and wonderful to work with, but friends, if you are going to knit at night with black yarn, do yourself a favor and get one of those Ott-Lites from Joann.com (but don't go into the actual store during the hours between about 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; you'll want to kill yourself.)
BTW: What you see is a Brioche Stitch strip. I plan on making it long enough to loop loosely around my neck. Then, I'll pick up stitches around one of the sides and start a top-down sweater from there. (And another thing: I had no idea that Yarn Harlot coined the "Muggle" phrase for non-knitters, so I'm not commenting on her post(s). I don't get out much.)