Today is ‘I Love Yarn Day’! Join other yarn lovers today at noon in Union Square. The editors of Crochet Today are hosting this free event which includes a free yarn give-away to the first 100 attendees.
Remember the knitting craze of 2004? It seemed like EVERYONE was knitting. People that had never held a pointed object longer than a Ticonderoga pencil were suddenly wielding size 10 knitting needles 16 inches long. And if you weren’t knitting you were surely the recipient of a knitted scarf (about a mile long) or a knitted hat (always a bit too large). Boutique yarn stores seemed to pop-up overnight. Stitch and bitch groups formed in bars and parks. Men could be seen knitting on MUNI.
I was one of those women who jumped right into the fray. Within a week of learning how to knit, from my sister, I was purchasing luxurious yarns and rosewood knitting needles. I have never regretted a moment or dollar spent on this relaxing pastime. It has calmed my nerves on airplanes and quieted my anxious brain in hospital waiting rooms. Best of all, it has become the portal to my quiet center.
That’s why I advocate always having a knitting project with you when you venture forth with children. I especially like a hat project knitted in-the-round because it is harder to lose needles and if you drop a stitch it is easier to find your place again. I leave the more difficult sweater patterns for my at-home knitting bag.
I love to knit when I am with my granddaughter because it shows her that something can be created from almost nothing. I look forward to teaching her how to knit one day but in the meantime, she visits yarn stores with me. Perhaps we will see you today in Union Square! Today might be the day I learn how to crochet…