For centuries, with little more than a steel hook and some yarn or even string, women have created beautiful blankets, clothes, intricate lace or just a functional dishcloth. I feel connected, historically, to the generational tree of women who have worked with their hands. I love to crochet while talking, listening, waiting, watching. I just discovered wonderful quotes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.This woman extolls the intelligence of knitters (or crocheters). I can’t wait to tell my kids, who think I am slightly nuts. .
“…the number one reason knitters knit is because they are so smart that they need knitting to make boring things interesting. Knitters are so compellingly clever that they simply can’t tolerate boredom. It takes more to engage and entertain this kind of human, and they need an outlet or they get into trouble.“
“…knitters just can’t watch TV without doing something else. Knitters just can’t wait in line, knitters just can’t sit waiting at the doctor’s office. Knitters need knitting to add a layer of interest in other, less constructive ways.”
“ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It’s good for them.” .
“There is practically no activity that cannot be enhanced or replaced by knitting, if you really want to get obsessive about it.”
“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.I will remember that not everyone understands. I will resist the urge to ask others what they do when they watch TV.”