Okay. I’m such a knitting fan boy. Just the mention of a member of what Vogue Knitting calls “the knitterati” and I turn into a 16-year-old girl. It’s not a nice look on a 48-year-old balding fat man. It took two knitting retreats before I truly stopped looking at Franklin Habit like he was a movie star. Now I’ve met Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and I think I’m doing a bit better at treating a knitting celebrity like any other knitter while acknowledging her accomplishments. Just kidding. I’m gushing like a teenager again.
The Yarn Harlot spoke at Indiana Univeristy-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Indiana tonight. She spoke from the heart about how important it is for us knitters to take ourselves and our art seriously. The rolling of the eyes and the reducing knitting to some “cute hobby” we get from the media and other non-knitters is sometimes our own fault. It’s important for us to embrace what we do for what it is – art. Even if we didn’t design a pattern, having knitted it is still an accomplishment to be proud of! We should never let someone reduce us to a joke. We can joke about knitting and have a good time doing it, but the next time some TV reporter says something like, “Why do you think knitting is back in style?” we must look her in the eye and explain, “It never went away, cupcake!”
I hope she expands this idea and reminds us how important it is in her next book. If it’s not important to us individually, we should at least be ready to speak up for our fellow knitters. We are not “cute” and we are not archaic. We are artists.