Settling into Entrelac and A Very Big unsettling question
I’m about six rows into this–perhaps more than half a foot, and really enjoying it. I stumble every once in a while, forgetting which direction I’m going or if I’m supposed to pick up stitches by purling two together or SSK (we wont’ talk about the unfortunate rectangle where I got distracted and did both–ugly business fixing that error), but for the most part I can do this without having to refer to the directions. This makes for one of those valuable projects that looks impressive but is simple enough to be done in public–where, of course, other people can be impressed by it. Call me shallow.
You do a LOT of turning on this–every six stitches, mind you–so you do have to watch your elbow room. I felt a twinge of sympathy for my seat mate on the airplane (elbow room wasteland, as you well know), but certainly not enough to make me stop knitting. The directions tell me it’ll go much faster if I master knitting backwards, but I’ve yet to find someone who knows how to do it and has a moment or two to teach me. I may try to reason it out on my own on the flight home. I’ll keep you posted on that little endeavor.
Since I’m feeling brave this morning, I’m going to venture into a question that has been niggling at me for days now. Probably because a vast portion of the knitting I’ve done this weekend has been at a conference. I knit for pleasure, but I also knit for focus. In short, when I’m asked to sit and listen for long stretches of time (or, if I’m honest, even short ones), I will pay better attention if I am knitting. If I’m in your audience (or your meeting, or your study group, or your church service), I’m not knitting because I’m bored, I’m knitting because I’m interested in what you have to say and want to do my best at absorbing it.
Non-knitters don’t get this. I have gotten “how disrespectful” looks at graduation ceremonies (3 hours long in June with no air conditioning!), in classes, concerts, meetings, etc. At most of the conferences I attend–where my knitting obsession is relatively common knowledge–many people come up and say they’re glad someone else is knitting because now they can. Or how if they’d only have known they would have brought theirs. I’ve steadily become more comfortable knitting in meetings. And learn more because of it.
And then there’s church. I think the world just might be a better, holier, more compassionate, more peaceful place if knitting were welcomed in church. I’m toeing up to the idea of actively promoting this. After all, I run my church’s prayer shawl ministry, church is important to me, so it’d be a natural extension of my love of knitting. And–I kid you not–easily two dozen of the people I’ve talked to this weekend have brought up the subject with almost no instigation from me. So I’m getting the feeling Someone is trying to tell me Something.
What do YOU think?