Sunday, July 02, 2006

One By One

I suppose seeing me knit at almost every opportunity might have done it. Or perhaps it was the lure of the yarn, since she did sit quite nearby as I either bought skein after skein or eagerly opened the boxes and bags in which they arrived. Sometimes, I urged her to touch the fiber. I could see the ice breaking, though she did proclaim yarn-sniffing and other stitchy obsessiveness kinda freakish.

Go, JZ, Go!One day, after nearly 5 months of being here, my friend JZ asked rather casually, "Do you think you can show me how to knit?"

She went on to say that her mother had shown her some very basic stuff (backward loop cast-on, knit stitch) when she was a child, but that she put it quickly aside due to lack of interest. This time, she was eager to show me what she remembered. From the way she held the needle and quickly fell into the rhythm of the looped cast-on, I could see that it was true. Her fingers knew the movements.

JZ knit stitch samplerA few tweaks to her technique, especially with the slip knot, purling and tension control, and she was off. The next day, JZ proudly displayed her second sampler (she'd frogged the first one overnight). Ribbing, garter and stockinette stitch topped the list. Next came seed stitch and its close cousin, moss stitch.

The day before she left, I caught JZ copying down stitch patterns from Barbara Walker Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It makes the subversive stitcher in me right proud. Sniff-sniff.


Blogger Christina said...

::cues music:: A Knitter is Born!!

7/02/2006 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but it didn't quite take with me, did it?


7/02/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fantastic story - I'm sure her stash is already starting too. Kinda like bicycle riding - the skill kinda always stays w. you. Terry

7/02/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

I'm so thrilled you were able to get her inner knitter to come out! YAY!

7/02/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

Yeah, yeah... just back off with the yarn-smelling, that's all I'm asking...

7/02/2006 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Ah, tell her yarn smelling will come too!
Good job Karen! Welcome JZ!

7/03/2006 01:56:00 AM  

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