Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dangerous Knitting

How many of you ever click on someone else's blogroll? I do it often. Most of the sites I visit were originally discovered by clicking them in someone else's blogroll. If you like someone's site, chances are you'll like the sites they link to.

I want to draw your attention to a particular site on my blogroll:
In The Loop.
It is a knitting site.


Did he say knitting?

Yes, knitting.

No, I don't knit, but I'd love to learn, it just seems like it would be downright therapeutic.

So, what is Brave Sir Robin doing with a knitting link when he doesn't knit?

Well I'll tell you.

The proprietress of that site is a friend. I have known her and her family for the great majority of my life. When I discovered she was blogging I put up the link.

However, it isn't just a courtesy to link to her. Posts like this one are the reason that link is there.

Go read it, tell me what you think.


KC said...

Wow. Your knitting friend is quite a writer. What a moving piece. Intensely personal, yet universal. I'm blown away.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I agree--great piece. Plus I want to learn how to knit too.

Brave Sir Robin said...

Yes, she is quite a writer, and she and her entire family are pretty much full of teh awesome.


Bitty said...

This is why I love blogging. We're all Samuel Pepys now, all working to make sense of our individual corners of the world, documenting those thoughts, and enriching each others' lives in the process.

I sometimes wonder where our blogs will be in 10, 20 years. Somewhere still archived, I hope. There is richness here for the scholars of the future, although yes, they'll have to pick through the dross.

My fingers hovered over the keyboard for a while at your friend's site, but I couldn't quite find the right words to say. This is because it really resonated with me.
I have a child who was deeply addicted (cocaine was the drug of choice) and came out whole on the other side of that addiction. When a child in danger nevertheless survives, it's a small miracle.

Bitty said...

And that led to an entire post by me, one that's been trying to get out for a while. Knitting released it. ;)

pidomon said...

one of the most beautiful things I've read all year.

i'll buy that book if they ever publish it!

maurinsky said...

I read that blog before!

I taught myself how to knit circa 1990. I was unemployed and home with an infant, and we used to walk to the library a few times a week. I took out a book called "The Learn How To Knit Quilt", and I learned how to knit.

Although I never mastered some of the cooler stuff - Fair Isle or fisherman's sweater stuff.

Brave Sir Robin said...

Hey Maurinsky!

I'm always amazed at how many people knit.


SaoirseDaily2 said...

I do that also - click on links on people's blogrolls. Thanks for sharing her blog.

There is always something better to do than sleeping. But your right, summertime makes it harder to go to bed at an earlier hour. But last night I was falling asleep at my keyboard and finally had to admit defeat and went to bed.

Have a great day.

Sarah Laurence Blog said...

Thanks for sharing the link - I too am not a knitter, but I loved that post. I admire your friend's strength and her writing talent.

Anne said...

Great piece. Very thought-provoking.

it just seems like it would be downright therapeutic.

It most definitely is, especially when it's a straightforward pattern that is conducive to a rhythm.

bakerina said...

Oh, that was a beautiful, beautiful piece, a grand, history-rich story, beautifully told.

I could be accused of being biased, but I think you should absolutely learn to knit. I started knitting about 2 1/2 years ago, right before my 38th birthday, and haven't come up for air since. I can't put my finger on what's so satisfying about it. Perhaps it's because unlike so much of the work I do (generating baked goods and ephemera), knitting gives you something tangible for your efforts -- which is not to say that I knit to get stuff. Sometimes it's about the stuff, but sometimes it's also about the process of making the stuff, of the way the needles move in your hands, of how the stitches rest on the needles, and the discovery that using variant forms of the same two techniques (knitting and purling) can make anything from a thick sturdy bathmat to a spiderweb-delicate lace veil.

Plus, the first time you make a pair of socks, you will feel like you've not only invented the wheel, but used it to save your village from rushing floodwaters. Seriously. :)

Incidentally, a thousand thanks for visiting my site, and for leaving such a mood-elevating comment. I'm living in something of a state of flux right now, so my manners aren't as they should be, but the flux will pass and the manners will return...probably just in time for me to get to law school. ;)

Brave Sir Robin said...

Bakerina, wonderful to see you here.

Your cashew cookies are the talk of the internet these days!!

Pido - If they write the book, I'll get you an autographed copy.

Sarah - Thanks for stopping by, I love your site.

Anne - Many of my friends knit, one of these days, I'm going to try it.

Tink said...

Okay, so I just knit a whole cardigan out of lovely hand-painted alpaca, and, in a truly Sysyiphus-ian moment, pulled out the entire 1500 yards of stitches and am knitting it again. Why? Process process process. Thanks you for the support, friend.

Brave Sir Robin said...



I really loved that post.

When are you going to be back down this way?

Tink said...

We are teaching at a women's retreat in the Hill Country next week. Jen and mom will be there.. YAY.
But PL? Quien sabes? Bone up on your 42, brother... you never know!

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