It's Easter Sunday...I want to knit...I long to knit...but I'm hampered by hand strain that has sent me three times to the doctor and, just this past week, to the acupuncturist. Repetitive stress injury. A physical pain, as opposed to the repetitive stress emotional injury caused by children yelling "MomMomMomMomMomMom" too many hours in a row. With spring break yet to come, there could be all kinds of repetitive stress issues happening soon.
Nevertheless, the acupuncturist said I could knit in little patches of time, so that's what I'm doing. In the meantime, I'm reading some of the vast number of books about knitting that are replicating like bunnies. I scored the following at a recent trip to Barnes & Noble: KnitLit (too) (the sequel to KnitLit); Mindful Knitting; Beyond Stitch and Bitch; and the spring/summer issue of Vogue Knitting. I was also interested to see there's a new novel out titled Knitting by Anne Bartlett. Intriguing, but I'll wait for the paperback.
The idea of knitting being a driving theme behind a novel makes sense to me. The themes of beginnings, endings, difficulties, problems overcome, problems unsolvable, and the inevitable day of frogging all make for great metaphor for real life. Perhaps the greatest theme will be that of healing. My own interest in knitting came after reading novelist Ann Hood's moving essay in Real Simple magazine (Feb. 2004 issue), in which she described how knitting helped her recover from the death of her young daughter. Under a great deal of stress myself at the time, I made a mental note to try knitting once fall arrived. And indeed, short of repetitive stress issues, knitting is one of the most soothing things I've ever done. I understand Ms. Hood is currently writing a novel about knitting; no doubt her own experience will give the book strong emotional undercurrents. I can hardly wait to read it.
Welcome to my blog! I'm a fairly newbie type of knitter, and I love the process and the community. I'm running this blog to explore the way knitting affects me, my friends, the community, whether through online chat, face-to-face meetings, reading books about the process of knitting, or the actual act. Feel free to email me with thoughts and responses.