So, I know I’m a fast knitter. I’ve always been speedy, but my time knitting socks on the bus has really gotten me in an amazing groove of late. I knit a whole pair of socks in one week and then another single sock in the next two/three days. I’m nearly done with yet another sock (not a match to the aforementioned one), which is looking as if it’ll be a kneesock (yay!).
But it was all driven home to me today, when two complete strangers took the time to say something. On the bus to work this morning, a woman leaned over and said, “You are SO FAST! I’ve been watching you . . . just . . . mesmerized.”
The best compliment, though, was this evening on the subway home from dinner. A group of hipsters came on–three women and a man–and they were chatting animatedly. Suddenly they got a bit quiet, and I heard the guy say something and gesture with his hands. I looked up, and the guy repeated his hand gesture, which mimicked my knitting movements, and repeated what he’d said: “Like a ninja!”
I replied, “I can kill a man with these moves.”
They had a hearty laugh, and they asked me what I was making. I showed them the simple stockinette sock, and they asked how it changes direction, or if that’s too difficult to explain. I said, “Well, if you increase and decrease the number of stitches in a particular way, it turns the piece.” They got it. One of the women said she knit half a scarf, once. Another joked, “That’s why after Christmas everyone is wearing short scarves. Because a friend learned to knit . . .”
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I am loving all the responses to the contest! I wonder: Are you guessing based on how many books you have, or just how many you think I have? Hmmm. I am not sure if I should say this, but . . . so far no one’s guessed the exact number.
Contest is open til 8pm EST Sunday! Oh, and only one guess per person. I’ll leave you with a shot I took admist the sleetstorm we had here today. My expression says it all, doesn’t it?