I Didn’t Know

There were so many things I didn’t know when I took up knitting.

I didn’t know I was going to need umpteen-million needles, or notions, or project bags.

I didn’t know I was going to need a digital camera.

I didn’t know I was going to buy so much yarn I’d have to stop teasing my mother about her fabric habit.

I didn’t know that I’d find myself surrounded by expectant mothers, who would cry over hand knit baby sweaters.

I didn’t know that knitting could make me laugh, or cry.

I didn’t know that lifelong friends could be found on the internet, when the only things we had in common to begin with were computers and a yarn habit.

I didn’t know that knitting makes an overbooked doctor’s office seem like a wonderful opportunity to get a few rounds in on a sock.

I didn’t know that it’s possible to take longer to decide which projects to take with me on vacation than it is to decide about the clothes I’m going to wear when I get there.

I didn’t know I could lose yarn in my own house. (Yeah, still looking for that darned stuff)

I didn’t know that I’d go shoe shopping one day with the express purpose of finding shoes to show off my hand knit socks.

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Anybody else? What didn’t you know when you took up knitting?

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11 Responses to I Didn’t Know

  1. KT says:

    I didn't know I would start thinking sheep were so cute and craning my neck when we pass a flock of sheep by the side of the road. 🙂 Oh, looky – sheep!Great post!

  2. Shan says:

    I didn't know I was learning the single most comforting coping skill in the world.

  3. Bridget says:

    I love this post!I'll add: I didn't know that finishing something I knitted and then having someone wear it would make me so excited.

  4. drkknits says:

    i didnt know how much i was capable of, and i continue to surprise myself. its the most pleasing discovery. i also didnt know all the things you didnt know, and i love that we've still got more to find out!

  5. Rose Red says:

    I too learnt all those things – especially the friendship one – I truly didn't know it was possible to make such good friends over the internet and knitting.

  6. Donna Lee says:

    I didn't know I could fall asleep sitting up with needles in hand ("just one more row")I didn't know that wool could be soft and not scratchyI didn't know I had the stick-to-it-iveness needed to finish a large knitted project.And yea, I didn't know yarn could get lost.(I mean, shouldn't it stay where I put it?)

  7. knitseashore says:

    I didn't know that finished projects would become tokens of wonderful memories from various times in my life. I love looking at things I've made, for myself and others, and remembering where I was knitting the object and what was happening at the time.

  8. Chandler says:

    I didn't know that random strangers would stop me in the street and asked me which pattern I used for something I was wearing! I love close encounters of the knitting kind.

  9. essjay says:

    Such a lovely post!I didn't know knitting could be such a wonderful social outlet.

  10. Mereknits says:

    I didn't know that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they knit. Knitters who knit tightly need to be in control, knitters who knit loose, tend to go with the flow. I am a tight knitter!!! I love this blog post, just found your blog…it is lovely.

  11. catsmum says:

    well for a start I didn't know that it would be something I'd still have a passion for almost 50 years later [ I started at 7 ]Like KT I wouldn't have anticipated the cute sheep [ and alpacas and goats ] thingor the sense of belonging to a worldwide caring community of likeminded men and women

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