Why I Knit, Reason #2

Friends. I knit because of friends.

This seemed like a good time to post this; a knitting friend is currently experiencing a personal tragedy, and all the knitting folk have been awesome in supporting her and letting her know she’s loved. All because of knitting (maybe not directly, but knitting did initially bring everyone together).

I knit because a friend got me interested, and because another friend made me enthusiastic about it (and taught me all kinds of excellent things, not least of all to knit socks). I knit because through it, I’ve made lots more friends. I’ve made friends I’ve never actually met in person (and if you’re on my LJ list, you know how big this is – I do not friend you if I do not know you in person already).

I don’t make friends particularly easily. I’m shy, elitist, and horrible at small talk (actually, I’m not horrible; I’m really more apathetic than anything). I say offensive things without realizing it until after I can’t take them back. I have only as many close friends as I can count on my fingers, and I’m cool with that. It took a long time to get to that point. However, I have many acquaintances, and often I find that it’s nice to go somewhere and not feel completely awkward and left out. So I was overjoyed to discover that knitting gave me common ground and instant conversation with a bunch of total strangers (some of whom are not strangers anymore). And as if that wasn’t awesome enough, becoming a knit blogger further strengthened this.

My dear friend, the ChickenGoddess, would probably be dear to me, but not so quickly had I not been a knitter.

And if I don’t want to talk, everyone at Sunday knitting at Knitch is completely comfortable with me just sitting in silence, listening to everyone else, needles clicking away.

We knitters are cool like that.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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