Saturday, February 03, 2007

Two memes at once

It's been a while since I've played along with Erstellen Mutterschaft's Photo Friday. This week's theme is sofa love.

Here I am, 7 weeks pregnant in September, knitting a hat for baby Ethan while plopped on our media room's leather sofa. Note the knitting lamp I'm peering around, the three remote controls to the television system, the two cushy pillows, and the two bottles of lotion on the nearby stand (we are big on night-time foot massages in our house!).

If you were to surprise me with a visit, this is what our couch would look like--in all its comfy glory.

The second meme I thought I would answer is Two Sharp Sticks "how did you learn to knit" question.

I learned to knit the summer of 2004 when I was 33 years old. I had recently moved from Tennessee to Portland, Oregon and had quit my full time career to become a stay-at-home housewife. I was really struggling with "how to stay busy". I met my friend Suzi at a nearby Starbucks with ugly plastic needles and ugly yarn and she showed me the knit stitch. I had tried to learn to knit from a book with disastrous results. As she showed me how to knit, I was jumping up and down with frequent, happy exclamations.

At one point, another Starbucks guest stopped by the table and had to ask, "What the heck are you so excited about?"

"I learning to KNIT!!!!" I exclaimed.

And a joyful little knitter was born. I still have my first knitted scarf with its horrible, hole-ridden, uneven stitches. I keep it to show new knitters what new knitting looks like and to remind myself how far my knitting has come.

PS- The second meme is a contest and if I was fortunate enough to win, I would like any of the knitting books offered except the "Men In Knits" book. If you read my blog, you know why.



Unknown said...

"At one point, another Starbucks guest stopped by the table and had to ask, "What the heck are you so excited about?"

"I learning to KNIT!!!!" I exclaimed."

This is so funny because right around Christmas the kids and I met my partner at a Starbucks in Portland and there were two women there - clearly one was just starting to learn to knit and she was very animated. My 4 year old eagerly scampered over to their table to talk with her. My son and this woman had the exact conversation you wrote about. Funny! By the way - your couch looks VERY comfy! :)

SassyFemme said...

That couch looks perfect for napping!

Mystic said...

The couch looks nice and comfy! :)

Ha ha that was so funny, it seems like you were pretty excited about learning to knit! :)


Melody said...

Ha ha. I have the same reaction to the Men in Knits books and male patterns on Knitty. Other knitters seem to believe there is a deficit in patterns for men. The only man I will ever knit for is my father (barring any male children we might have), and he barely wears the scarf I made him two years ago, so he's not getting a sweater.