Who says that summer is a slow time for knitting? We've been busy all summer with new customers discovering us, tourists and cottagers making their annual pilgrimage to see us, stocking up on some of their favourite yarns.
The press also seem to have caught on to the impact of knitting. Or could it be that it has just been a slow news summer? Of course not, it's because the most important thing happening in the world during the week before Sunday, Aug. 7th was the 2011 Sock Summit in Portland Oregon, which found its way to the front page of the Toronto Star on that day.
Quoting people like Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Anna Zilboorg, reporter Kenneth Kidd proclaims that sock knitting is dorky, absurd and silly, but 6000 knitters still showed up at the convention to share their love of sock knitting with others. Designer, Cat Bordhi had a cute way of expressing it. She sees sock making as the sports car driving of knitting: "A sock is like a curvy mountain road. You can't see around the corners."
Then we have the rather odd situation of the duel going on between Margaret Atwood and Mayor Rob Ford about the relative importance of libraries to Canadians. At one point the author suggested that she would knit a likeness of the mayor as a form of protest, I believe.
I wasn't quite sure what the meaning of knitting a person's likeness was, but it did seem significant in the way that she phrased it. That being said, you can link here to the interview she gave to Canadian Living some time back where she speaks a bit about her knitting.
A bit later in the summer, we had a chance to take some holidays out west and upon arriving in Victoria, my brother gave me a copy of the Monday Magazine that he had just picked up, which featured a cover story about the coolness of knitting.
The pair in the photo are Ryan Davis who I met on my trip out west last year, and Stephanie Papik, co-owners of my favourite knitting shop in Victoria: Knotty by Nature. (Don't you just love that name?)
The article included something that I've never seen in print before...a list of tips for those who are hoping to continue being on the receiving end of a knitter's gift. Here they are:
-Treat the gift with the utmost respect- Don't lose a mitten or get a hole in the sock. (I would add, being the fallible sort myself, that you should act at least as horrified as possible if you do misplace or overuse said gift.)
-Thank the knitter profusely for their time and effort. I asolutely agree that only people who appreciate the real time cost should receive such gifts.
-Don't look at knitters in public like they're lost and can't find their way back to the nursing home.
Now, here I take exception. The author of this statement, a cute little 20 something who is pictured knitting in a local cafe, goes on to say: "I think the biggest misconception is that knitters are all 50-year-old women. There's this stigma attached to it. It's really fun and it's modern and vintage at the same time."
WELL! I can only hope that there was a typ0, and that she was not suggesting that 50-year-olds aren't cool and belong in the nursing home. I knit in cafes, I can be cute, if I try. These young'uns...
I must leave you know, my walker needs oiling and my dentures need a bit of polish too.