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Sunday April 13th 2008, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Amaryllis,Knit

They’re new at church. I had given it to her two weeks ago: “Honey, this lady knitted me a scarf!”

trumpet amaryllis varietyHe responded with the confidence of an authority figure on the subject, “Oh, nobody knits anymore.”

His wife and I looked at him–um, what did your wife just tell you?… I wanted to tell her, while she stood there agape, it’s okay. Let him be bloggable like that. Heh. double-flowered amaryllis

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=) I was told that knitting was a lost art. I didn’t know it was lost, do you?

re: the comment about WIPs – you are totally correct. I finished 4 things in few hours. Great feeling.

Comment by Qutecowgirl 04.13.08 @ 6:50 pm

Well, from one “nobody” to another, “Knit On!” 🙂

Comment by Toni 04.13.08 @ 7:03 pm

I have been told more than once that I am an “old soul” because I knit. Of course, my Mom always tells me I am an “old soul” so to hear it from others does not surprise me.

Comment by Amanda 04.13.08 @ 8:15 pm

The guy was a perfectly nice person, just clueless. When she got her speech back, she both protested and explained that I had written a knitting book, and the look on his face! How to break the news to this earnest sweet soul standing in front of them that nobody would actually ever BUY such a thing.

Dude. …I couldn’t help it. I blurted out that it was a bestseller in its category, trying to get through, and then when that didn’t work, described Ravelry and that it had 100k subscribers only because they hadn’t opened it to the general public yet and were still handling requests one at a time.

I recounted the whole thing later to my husband, and he said, proud of himself for being in the know, “Stephanie would understand that.”

Yup. Muggles. And he was one once too.

I think I will offer to teach that young mom to knit. I can be subversive that way.

Comment by AlisonH 04.13.08 @ 8:23 pm

Teach her to knit, that is a great idea! That’ll show him 🙂

Comment by Sonya 04.13.08 @ 8:40 pm

I was told, in Ireland, back in November, by a young lady in a Dublin store full of pre-made sweaters, that no one in Ireland knits anymore. I had asked for the nearest yarn shop, and she referred me to a local department store that “might” have a bit of yarn for sale. Having encountered one of these department stores in Galway a few years before, I had too good an idea what to expect: acrylics, and nothing else. I didn’t bother going, and came home from yet another Irish trip sans yarn. Blarney Woolen Mills outside of Cork had some nice wool yarn that would have made a lovely Aran, but it was overpriced. To make something me-sized out of that stuff, I would have needed to take out a loan, using my house as collateral!

Comment by Paula 04.14.08 @ 3:30 am

Wow, I think he needs a peek at Ravelry or knitter blogdom lol!

Comment by Lisa 04.14.08 @ 5:41 am

Heee, bless his heart! Oh to be a fly on the wall when *someone* gives him a peek into Ravelry, just for starters :^D

Comment by marianne 04.14.08 @ 5:50 am

I agree – teach her to knit! 😉

Comment by Channon 04.14.08 @ 6:37 am

Howdy, Mr. Bloggable! 😉
Don’t kick yourself too hard over that one; you’re not alone. A bunch of bank execs had the same thought & it has cost them big $$$s! Ah well.

Comment by Toni 04.14.08 @ 6:38 am

Because I have to tell someone, but absolutely nothing knit-related to post — Lucy is nap-striking! — LUCY ROLLED HERSELF OVER YESTERDAY!!!

That is all. 🙂

Comment by kristine 04.14.08 @ 7:18 am

Oh, I hope that young woman does learn. Her husband? Has clearly not had people in his life who gifted him with handcrafted things, made with love just for him. Isn’t that kind of sad?

Comment by RobinH 04.14.08 @ 9:21 am

Good grief. Even I can knit! Alison smocks!! She also designs knitting patterns. I can knit without a specific written pattern if it’s made of flat pieces and I have an item in front of me to copy. But I don’t do anything fancy with the pieces. I don’t design things! Telling Alison that nobody knits is like accusing the pope of not being catholic, or accusing the president of not being a politician, or saying that chocolate is not a basic food group.

Comment by Laura 04.14.08 @ 11:47 am

You should totally teach the wife how to knit. 😉 Hee.

Comment by Ren 04.14.08 @ 12:16 pm

I agree…Teach her to knit. Then have a Knit in at the church after services with spousal units, muggles included, invited to be spectators. Wonder if that would clue him in Esp if most of the members stayed and cast on 🙂

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 04.14.08 @ 1:21 pm

Bad Alison going out and buying a scarf and pretending you knit it—-give that man a membership to Ravelry and see how many of us nobodies are out there!!! (as long as his wife enjoys the scarf–who cares what he thinks, we all know he is wrong)

Comment by grace 04.14.08 @ 1:44 pm

one word


Comment by Diana Troldahl 04.14.08 @ 1:49 pm

Well, I have choice words about the “nobody knits” comment, but this note is for Paula. Folks knit in Ireland! I’ve found them in a variety of places. I don’t know how else to get it to her–Alison, can you help? I can strongly recommend this town in Ireland, Graiguenamanagh:

It has a great book festival AND is the home of Cushendale Woollen Mills. They make Irish wool yarns. It is imported to the USA under the Black Water Abbey label. Here’s the link to their site:

They’ll give you a tour of the machines, and the yarn is definitely worth a visit!

I agree with the Snort. People still knit. Everywhere!

Comment by Joanne 04.14.08 @ 3:06 pm

we can all write to him and tell him how great your book is 😀

Comment by rho 04.14.08 @ 9:14 pm

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