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I’ve been lucky enough to convince a few of my friends to meet up with me on Sundays for a little communal knitting. I know knitting clubs are commonplace in the US, but in Turkey, no one ever sits in a café, knitting. It’s decidedly strange.

I didn’t get much chance to knit with friends while I was in the UK either, as I was always out in the styx. I can’t tell you how envious I am of the London Stitch ‘n’ Bitchers. :( In short, knitting has always been a rather solitary endeavour for me, & in general, not regrettably so. There are few things (& none of them come to mind at present) that I prefer to knitting with a mug of tea beside me & a good audiobook or Radio4.

But I digress. We had our first meetup yesterday & I taught two of my friends to knit & it was pouring outside & we got to sit & sip our coffees & ohh, it was so delightful! My friends were naturals, too. They sat with my gaudy leftovers & looks of concentration so intense, it was unthinkable that they should fail. By the end of a couple of hours, they had several neat rows of garter stitch, barely a dropped stitch between them, & (I hope) an enthusiasm to keep going. I look forward to next Sunday!

Another advantage of city-living is buses: waiting for them & riding in them. I wish someone had told me a few years ago that I could chart lace or write a blog post on a phone, instead of idling away my commute staring into space. Phones are handy enough & private enough that they make all kinds of work possible on-the-go. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the novelty (the last time I bought a phone was 8 years ago, after all).

At any rate, no commuting today. I am in my bedroom/studio, huddled away from the falling snow & bitter wind. Yes, so much for my attempts to will spring to come with my knitting; winter still prevails. It’s alright though, I have a hot mug of tea, & Radio4, & something new & sunny on the needles.

Needless to say I’m never alone, not with my fantastic online knitting circle! I wanted to thank you for over 400 faves on the Parasol Stole. In less than 2 days too! I’m astonished & utterly delighted so many of you like it. Thank you!

& heaven forbid I sign off without a photo; here’s what’s on my wrist right now:

bow wristlet pouch
bow wristlet pouchbow wristlet pouch

7th March, 2011  // Life // tags: , , , .


  1. redrouge says:

    is there a pattern for what you are wearing on your wrist?

  2. Abby says:

    That’s so cute! I might make myself one, too. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. […] usually knit on my own, but of course, I’m never lonely. ;) I mentioned that I recently started a knitting group & that’s been great fun. Even if none of my friends are around, I do sometimes take my […]

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