Why I knit, #9

#9? Is that right? I hope so.

I knit because I gave up smoking and I needed another addiction. No, really. Let me ‘splain:

Smoking is an addiction. Knitting is an addiction. I can only go so long without it before I crave it again.

Smoking has a unique and instant community. Knitting has a unique and instant community. After I quit smoking, I found myself missing that camraderie that came from smoking with other people while shivering huddled on the sidewalk in the middle of February. Now, I can share a similar camraderie, but one that involves sitting indoors in climate control, eating brownies and drinking beer. Overall, a pleasant shift (though I still kind of miss that miserable, smoky huddling).

Smoking makes you look cool. Knitting makes you look cool. Well, I think it does, at least. People get really excited when they find out you made the excellent socks you’re sporting.

The reason that I thought about this is that I bought some more sock yarn, ensuring the continued fungus-like growth of my stash (it happens overnight, in brilliant colors, and oozes between cracks in the shelf and drawer, seemingly with a life of its own, in a process that breaks down the fibrous makeup of my bank account). And it is this:

Glorious, glorious Lotus Aura yarn. It is coming in the mail as we speak. I have just now decided that I will knit the Knitty Baroque sock pattern using this yarn. It feels perfect for 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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3 Responses to Why I knit, #9

  1. HappyGoth says:

    I am so very excited to knit with the yarn; I woke up this morning and went, “Hey! I’m going to start those socks today!” before I remembered that the yarn hadn’t arrived yet. Ha.

  2. Melanie says:

    Oh wow, that yarn is totally gonna rock that pattern!!

  3. Tripper says:

    And knitting doesn’t smell bad.

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