To Start

Hello all, i hope the world is treating you well since Autumn has finally hit. Here in SC it's just reaching the low 70s and it's AMAZING! It's funny, sometimes, to watch people here wig out and dress up like it's nuclear winter when the wind blows. Nonetheless, i digress...
I've been knitting for just over a year and have found myself quite enamored with the craft. It's been a god-send as it's helped keep me sane in some pretty intense times this past year. So far i've a handful of scarves, some coasters, a baby blanket, and a running order for some kerchiefs for the local Roller Derby team. I might end up posting pictures here but while i seem to have a decent grasp on knitting i fail epically with technology as a general keep a look out.
My knitting started as a joke and now it's a ridiculous addiction. As far as having problems knitting in public--not so much. That's where i learned! My friends, thankfully enough, are brave souls. I'm not known for being shy and i've no problem making a fool of myself (it comes naturally).
From time to time i'll get comments from people while i'm at the coffee shop. Most are positive and one guy actually sat with me for about half an hour chatting about yarn, how he and his wife used to knit but now make quilts, and about his dog. The negative comments are actually something i address quite openly. I know they stem from ignorance and fear and misguided perceptions of gender, and the only way to help correct that is engage them in a discourse. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Overall the experience has been pleasant. I get laughs, i get curious looks, and i even get free things once in a while (i had coins tossed into my empty coffee mug once...i'm not sure if that was a non-verbal slap or if they genuinely thought i was in need?) O_o
Slowly but surely i find myself working up the courage to take on larger and more complicated projects. I actually find myself anxious about the day that i complete my first sweater and i am fairly certain it will be ridiculously deformed and fit my dog only--and even then only somewhat.
I'm more than happy to be here and look forward to hearing from you all--so don't be shy!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome to the fold. Hope you have as much fun here as I have. It's a wonderful family of knitters and it is amazing all the ideas, tips, etc. you can tap into while meeting new friends. Knit on. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

crmartin's picture

Welcome to MWK, great to have you aboard! Hope to hear/see more from you.



Pinecone's picture

Welcome! I hope you will share pictures of some of your creations. John

albert's picture

Welcome to the tribe!

SpazticMagic's picture

I've actually posted a few pictures of some of my stuff. As soon as i get more pictures of the stuff i've done i'll try to post them. I'm actually pretty excited to be here...this site actually seems active!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yes, this site is pretty active. A slow day is only 2 or 3 postings, but there are always lots of us checking in and seeing what' s going on. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Thomasknits's picture

Good to see another southern knitter. Wish I were lucky enough to live 20 minutes from the beach. May I suggest an Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater for your first?


SpazticMagic's picture

Thom--you're in Athens? Well rock on, i've family there. ^_^ Thanks for the suggestion, i'll have to look into it. Eventually. Sweaters intimidate the crap out of me!

Crafty Andy's picture

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Welcome to the group buddy, enjoy the craft because when you think you know everything, something always surprises you.

jdkcubed's picture

Welcome. Could never get really comfortable knitting in public -- not sure why. Enjoy.

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Kilted Knitter's picture

Welcome!! You couldn't have joined a better family of male knitters and a few honnored females also. I always enjoy myself here and hope you enjoy yourself as well. Have Fun! and Love Knitting in Public also! I wear a kilt! Who wouldn't be used to people stairing at me in public!