Yesterday afternoon, I took the subway downtown to have coffee with Ina and basically solve all the problems of knitting and the world in two lively, pleasant hours. Tribeca was overcast and chilly and had that exciting “snow is coming, maybe” feeling in the air. To get there, I took the 1 train, and got in a few rounds on a sleeve of the Ranger cardi I’m knitting. Next to me was a young woman, very beautiful, all bundled up and looking at her phone. Having my commuter face on, I only noticed her because she was getting hit on, hard, by a man sitting across from us, and she dealt with him so lightly, graciously, and effectively. After he got off the train, I breached the imaginary glass wall between passengers and looked at her, and she looked at me, and my knitting, and said, “Have you ever knit on one of those loom things?” And we had a conversation about that, because I haven’t knit on one of those loom things, and it turned out that she had made the lush, bulky short cowl she was wearing on one of those loom things. And I thought, geez, everybody is a knitter these days.
Post-Ina, I got on the train again. Grabbed a seat next to a young man, who then jumped in front of me to tap a young woman on the shoulder to give her his seat before he jumped out of the train. (Thus making amends, in some way, for the dude who’d been annoying the young woman on my trip downtown. Yes, I’m a judgmental old gal.) She was carrying a canvas bag. On the side, it said, “Knit and Let Knit.” Once again breaching the unwritten rules of the subway, I said, “I like your bag. Did you get it at Purl?” Yes, she said, she’d just come from there. And sure enough, there were skeins of yarn at the top of her bag.
I am just saying: knitters are everywhere.
It happened to you, in Nashville, not too long ago, in a little episode called, “A Golden Globes Knitter Inside My Home.”
Happy weekend, everybody! Stay warm and dry, if it’s not very warm and dry where you are at the moment.
PS Congrats to Karen T. from Yonkers and Karen C. from Champaign, Illinois, the winners of our book and yarn giveaway for Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop. The Karens have been notified by email, and their books and yarn are on the way. Happy knitting and teaching!