Can a Girl Just Purl?
Guest Post by Dorothy Stewart
I have a confession. I’ m really “ knot” a knitter. I belong to a knitting circle, I shop for yarn, and I even go to knitting classes. Heck, I founded a knitting group and it lasted for 2 years. I own dozens of knitting needles and oodles of yarn and several books on knitting. I read knitting novels. I took my first knitting class six years ago and I haven’ t made one thing beyond a simple scarf.
And boy, have I made a bunch of scarves. Well, technically, I made the scarves. You see, I don’ t really know how to cast on or cast off, so, even though I actually knit the scarves myself, I get a little help from unsuspecting friends and fellow knitters. It’ s easy enough to get someone to cast on or off for you. You simply say, “ You know, I’ m having the darndest time remembering how to cast on, would you mind helping me?” They look at your yarn, remark about how much like they it, or why they don’ t like that particular kind of yarn, and the next thing you know – they’ ve cast you on or off. Works like a charm.
You see knitters are very cool people. And, knitting has become a very cool “ chic” thing to do. Even the young and hip are knitting now. Men too. I swear. I’ ve seen them on BART knitting away. Big guys with tattoos. No lie.
Which is why I so desperately want to learn to go beyond the basic knit stitch. Do you have any idea what it feels like to sit at a big round table of expert knitters (I’ m talking women who are knitting socks and gloves) with my little crooked one-stitch scarves? I mean I try to play it off but I’ m pretty sure after being a member of this particular circle for two years, the other members have figured it out. I’ m an imposter.
A woman told me years ago, “ Honey, you have got to learn how to purl!” I never went back to that group. See, the key is, if you “ infiltrate” enough new groups you can pass somewhat undetected as a “ beginning knitter” as opposed to “ knitting challenged.”
So, my resolution this year, is that by any means necessary (psychotherapy included), I will learn to at least purl.
Dorothy Stewart is a freelance writer. She blogs at Perkdup.