Monday, February 22, 2010

Knitting as Golf

Last night, I set to work assembling a sweater I'd made for my daughter. This morning, I told my husband that, after thinking about it, I'd have to take out and redo much of what I did last night. When he heard this, David gave me a kind of quizzical look. Gentle, but quizzical. After a minute, he said to me, "Knitting is like golf for you. It's like you have to really master it but it's intricate. That's the way people get about golf when they decide they want to do more than just show up."

I want to think of knitting as this fun, cozy thing I do while watching TV. I can not only make nice things for people I care about but also enjoy the feeling of making something (that's not edible). But I'm not a very good knitter. Worse than that, I want to be a very good knitter. Which means that David is right. Knitting for me can be, if I'm not completely exhausted, very serious business. I hope that means it can still be fun. I mean, if it's not going to be edible, it should damn well be fun.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm still remembering that sweet bear you knitted for Melissa's baby. That looked like it might have been fun...?
Lizi

Robin Aronson said...

The bear was Very Fun!! I made an elephant for another friend and that was really fun, too! And a hat for my friend's husband to match one of their baby's - also fun! Most things I make are fun to make. There's usually an un-fun part stuck in the middle and I think "this is part of the practice" -- it's only after this last trip to the yarn store that i really though i gotta step things up a notch. but i think/hope it'll still be fun.....

Anonymous said...

Good point. "This is part of the practice" sounds like most things that grow and stretch us. Good luck with it!
Lizi

Robin Aronson said...

Thanks!