Thursday, May 26, 2011

It's A Knit Affair: Fashion Meets Fantasy


You're probably thinking that I must be crazy to be thinking about knits in the middle of summer, right?  I'm experiencing a bit of winter nostalgia because

I'm not fond of hot weather. It's getting hotter where I live, and I wish I could just bypass summer altogether. Have you ever made an attempt to go through your mom's or grandma's closet looking for knitted sweaters and figuring out how to wear them stylishly? Chances that you have rummaged through dusty boxes in the attic for sweaters that belong a generation before to find the ugliest sweater is more likely. Why are ugly knitted sweaters always worn at "wear your ugliest sweater" parties? I used to think they're the most unflattering and unwanted hand-me-down items ever. However, I wouldn't mind getting any of these ones....

How romantic it is to have a giant knit choker
Raw appetite


 I  still refuse to wear my mom's knits, but I have an appreciation for the art of knitting now.

10 Reasons to Love Knitting:

1.  It's simple - 2 sticks, a roll of yarn = ingenious creations

 "And in the act of making things, just by living their daily lives, they also make history. "

2.  It's creative & addictive - you'll find yourself starting a new project before finishing the last one 

 "There is practically no activity that cannot be enhanced or replaced by knitting, if you really want to    get obsessive about it."

 "I will always buy extra yarn. I will not try to tempt fate."
— Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

3.  Arm toning while you're sitting comfortably in your armchair- when you keep those muscles moving you'll less likely to grab the munchies
 "How Superheroes Make Money:
    - Spider-Man knits sweaters.
    - Superman screw the lids on pickle jars.
    - Iron Man, as you would suspect, just irons."
4.  Makes giving presents a joy-feels great to give someone a personalized gift made from yarn and mostly your imagination

 "Knitting is clothing made in spare moments, or round the fire, whenever women gathered together. It 's something to celebrate-clothes made in love and service, something women have always done." 

5.  Guilty free TV and gossip time- you can watch and talk while working those fingertips

"...knitters just can't watch TV without doing something else. Knitters just can't wait in line, knitters just can't sit waiting at the doctor's office. Knitters need knitting to add a layer of interest in other, less constructive ways."  - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
6.   A recession Skill - yarn bargains are abundant and when you keep yourself busy, you'll shop less
 " I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It's good for them."   Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 

7. It keeps you sharp - knitting patterns involve math

8.  It's feminine - take pride in your woman artistry

   "I will resist the urge to underestimate the complexity of knitting."
— Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

9.  Never stops teaching us - always something new to try in knitting
"...the number one reason knitters knit is because they are so smart that they need knitting to make boring things interesting. Knitters are so compellingly clever that they simply can't tolerate boredom. It takes more to engage and entertain this kind of human, and they need an outlet or they get into trouble."

10.  Calms us down - rewards reaped with patience and relaxation

   "Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." 
 Elizabeth Zimmermann

Celebrities Knitters: ('s a secret)
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Debra Messing
  • Uma Thurman
  • Sarah Jessical Parker
  • Kate Moss
  • Katherine Zeta Jones
  • Julia Roberts

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