I have a confession to make, I am an addict–a knitting addict. Those of you who have this affliction know all too well that once bitten by the bug, you can’t get enough, and you can’t go back. Yarn stashes are tucked in all the nooks and crannies of your house, your car, your life! You comb the yarn shops and Internet for patterns, gadgets and inspiration. You secretly crave extended car, train and plane trips (unless airport security confiscates your needles as weapons ) for long stretches of uninterrupted time to knit. You don’t even mind waiting at doctor offices, school bus stops or for take-out food. Chop sticks can double as knitting needles in a pinch. Nothing is sacred, not traffic jams (and you thought cell phones were distracting), movie theatres (tiny LED flashlights line the pockets of my coats in case of a dropped stitch), and especially not faculty meetings (as my teaching colleagues can attest).
How could this have happened to me? Well, I’ve been a knitter for a long time. My earliest memory was when I was gunning for a Girl Scout badge and my garter stitch scarf had to be the longest and warmest. My mother knits, but she is more of a master seamstress. To this day, she is the most talented and gifted craftsperson of all things needle-related that I know east of the Rockies. I would like to pin the roots of this obsession on my mom, but it’s more likely a college friend who gets the badge of honor for dragging me into a yarn shop after a sobering shopping trip to Bloomingdales. The sticker shock of the handknit sweater I had been lusting after was hundreds of dollars. I was on a tight college kids budget. The economics of my sweater obsession drove me tumbling head first into my knitting addiction.
The popularity of hand knitting historically swings like a pendulum. It goes in and out of fashion. Knitting is having a resurgence again. It is hip and fashionable to knit with new eco-friendly yarns and supplies.
As with all addictions, sharing seems to expedite the healing process. With that sentiment in mind, for all you folks with the knitting bug or who want to learn to knit, I am sharing an easy and green gift idea.
All rows: *Knit 1, Purl 1*; repeat from * to * across row, end Knit 1
Repeat this row for pattern.
Loosely cast on 35 sts. Work in Seed stitch until your scarf is approximately 60” or your desired length. Bind off loosely.
I would like to say that I’m in recovery, but I still walk on the wild side of knitting. Now it’s come full circle back to economics. No, I am not a college student again, although I have a few. Holiday gift-giving has caused me to go off the wagon again (not that I ever really stopped knitting). With needles ready, willing and able, I am going to try to stave off any impeding economic downturns and save the planet one stitch at a time!
Ronnie Citron-Fink lives in New York with her husband, two children (when they come home to the nest), two dogs and a cat. Ronnie is a teacher and a writer. She has been a contributing writer for Family Fun magazine. She currently writes articles about education and home design. Her writings are in four books including Family Fun Home and Some Delights of the Hudson Valley.