Casting On!

I’m absolutely amazed to think that within the next week there will be a blog here. My Blog—in fact. As my amazement makes clear, while I am writing this blog, I am not the technical wizard behind it—that would be my partner Melissa: artist, graphic designer, webmaster, and person who is sensible enough to know that when your partner is a knitter you’ve just got to go with it. Not only is she willing to listen to me going on and on and on about stitches/designs/fibers. In fact, she’s actually willing to expose herself to extended doses of such topics so that I can go on and on and on to the world at large.

A few quick facts about me with more to follow. I came to knitting relatively late, but honestly. Late, in that I’ve just been knitting for a few years after many years of embroidery and quilt-making. Honestly, in that I come from a long line of hard-core knitters on my mother’s side, so this knitting thing was pretty much inevitable even though I went through any number of years of utter confusion during which I found yarn itchy and uappealing. I pay my bills by teaching writing to university students, which can be rather labor-intensive (200 or so pages of essays to read every weekend), but also immensely satisfying. In fact, my students are the ones who got me knitting. They’d pull out their own projects when they got to class early, and I found myself torn between longing because I wanted to be knitting too and indignity because I didn’t know how to do it.

When I’m not teaching or knitting (which actually does happen), I’m often reading (non-fiction—I’m sure some of my non-knitting-related posts will wander off into the topics of some of these books). Between the two of us, Melissa and I are mothers to six very spoiled cats, so you can expect all sorts of stories about their adventures—particularly their eagerness to help with my knitting projects.

Next time—I’ll explain the origin of “What If Knits.” I imagine most of you are already bonafide what-if knitters whether you know it or not. I’m planning to post updates on current projects, reviews of books and fibers, original patterns—and my observations about the ecstasies and agonies that are our shared obsession—knitting.

Please let me know what you do and don’t enjoy about this site. I’d like this to be a fun place for us to gather together.

January 13 2007 06:39 pm | Uncategorized

4 Responses to “Casting On!”

  1. Martha on 14 Jan 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    It looks lovely. I look forward to more postings, and hope to see pictures as well. Creatuer and Fergus eagerly await yarns about yarns.

    Yr ‘umble servant,
    Martha

  2. Sally Goldin on 20 Jan 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi,

    I saw the link on BA-Sappho and forwarded it to a knitting friend of mine. But I went and read it first. You are a delightful writer! Descriptive, a sense of humor, the feelings are right there — it’s like I’m sitting next to you and you’re talking to me. I love it! I also have a predilection for stories, as I am a Personal Historian and always encourage people to tell stories about their lives. This could be a delightful book some day!

    I’m a quilter and a knitter also, but have not done very much knitting lately. A couple of knitting UFOs, and TONS of quilting UFOs.

    Keep it up!
    Peace-
    Sally

  3. Mimi Dana and Boaz on 23 Jan 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    Awesome job on this site and my dear friend, everything you set your mind to do is magnificent. Look what love has created!

  4. AnnaEA on 30 Jan 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    Welcome to the knitting-blogosphere!

    Anna
    Knit-Write

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