Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2012

Knitting defense

August 18, 2012


Knitters are brilliant!

In your recent story about the new active senior, knitters were denigrated, intimating we just sit in our chairs and knit. Why use such a hackneyed metaphor? Do you think that knitters are sedentary, old, wizened and passive? Let me tell you about today’s knitter.

Here is what we do:

l create objects, sweaters, blankets and anything else,

l knit for charities, chemo caps, and international causes,

l yarn bomb,

l gather and talk and solve the world problems while supporting each other.

We are vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, beer brewers, motorcycle riders, gun carriers, bicyclists, skiers, doctors, lawyers, students, educators, swimmers, kayakers, gardeners.

We do LOTS of different crafts. We support many local causes and stores! We could be your next-door neighbor.

We keep our brains active with the very technical act of knitting.  We are men and women of a wide range of ages and educational levels who create, make and do! We are artists, crafters, makers and doers and we are a movement.

If you have knit, spun, woven anything, you know there is a steep learning curve. We’ll help you learn. You can practice with us! Are you aware that the cool scarf or fingerless mittens you will soon be wearing came from someone’s creativity and technical skill? 

Get off your chair to visit one of the many knitting circles in the city of Lawrence. You’ll find a vibrant, active and cooperative community!


Mixolydian 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm liking you because there's no dislike button for Lynn731.

number3of5 5 years, 10 months ago

Hurray for you.... I love to knit, but the older I get the more limited is the time I can knit without my hands and arms dealing me fits. I am self taught, and used to make wool socks for my dad. Knitting is a fun, relaxing, form of arts and crafts. The wonderful patterns and designs one can create seem endless. Go knitters!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

I didn't even reply to this post!!

I'm not sure what I said in this removed post, but clearly, it was in response to another post that was removed, making this post appear to be in reply to number3of5's post. With the resulting changed context, the entire meaning of my post was changed. Regardless, I said nothing in my posts on this article that violated the terms of agreement.

Clearly, there are significant problems with the threading on this forum, especially when posts get removed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

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Juliette Loring 5 years, 10 months ago

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Maddy Griffin 5 years, 10 months ago

Knitting rocks but Crochet is my favorite. It is the only way to keep my sanity during football season.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Not caring about knitting is misogynistic? Sounds like someone needs to go back to sensitivity training.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

I really don't care that much about knitting, either, but I care even less about what you or Lynn think about it.

labmonkey 5 years, 10 months ago

If you don't care whet Jack or Lynn think, why do you feel a need to reply to their comments? I guess it is the troll way.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Why do you care what I think enough to post this bit of trollery?

verity 5 years, 10 months ago

And yet people took the time to read and comment even though they don't care.

Thank you for your interesting letter. I just talked to someone yesterday who buys stuff at the local thrift shop and makes all kinds of interesting things to sell at her church bazaar. Good job using your creativity and being useful at the same time.

Lawrence has a yarn shop that is widely known as one of the best---actually bringing customers into town from a distance. So, knitters help the local economy.

verity 5 years, 10 months ago

I learned to knit as a young child. If we stop importing our clothes from China, it may well be the only way some of us can afford sweaters.

Ragingbear 5 years, 10 months ago

Knitting is an abomination and has been responsible for more deaths than dying through all of history. It will also steal your food, sleep with your spouse and is secretly racist and has ties to the Taliban, Al-Quaida, and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Knitting must be stopped before it performs another illegal abortion on elderly voters from Mexico without proper ID.

sleepy33 5 years, 10 months ago

Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to speak out against knitting prejudice!

classclown 5 years, 10 months ago

While it's not my thing, I see no reason for it to be derided. I've known people to take up knitting, crochet, or cross stitch as something to occupy themselves with when they quit smoking.

It once used to be considered a woman's vocation until Rosie Greer said he enjoyed doing needlepoint.

sleepy33 5 years, 10 months ago

Here is the quote, I don't see any derision: “We can be active mentally and physically, have fun, be involved in social issues, go to the gym … they’re not necessarily sitting in a chair knitting.”

I see no disdain for knitting, only a comparison between it and more active pastimes. No doubt there are many awesome benefits to knitting, but it is a sedentary activity by nature. I'm sure she could've gotten the LJW to do a little fluff piece on the 'new knitter' if she wanted, rather than act like she's 'offended' by the reference. Dumb.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

Knitters can and do change the world!

They are knitting sweaters for penguins (and other large birds) affected by oil spills.

They are knitting cute, googly eyed little pink uteri and sending them to anti-choice governors (and yes, this includes Sam Brownback) as a political statement on reproductive rights, so they can have one of their own to toy and play with instead of those of other women.
As for Lynn and Jack, I don't give a noodly appendage from the FSM about your hobbies anymore than you do about knitting. So why don't you just grab a big ol' plate of STFU and let people have their fun?

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