Nice Things To Ask the Knitter in Your Life

I’m doing some of my fastest knitting ever while on vacation. I’ve finished the ribbing of my sweater’s front and have started the stockinette.

My fastest knitting ever
My fastest knitting ever

But it’s funny, because I casted on while on the plane and my flight attendant took a couple jabs at me. She noticed how lovely Amber’s socks were coming along (and they’re seriously awesome) but then saw my one row and said “what’s that going to be?” I told her I’m working on a sweater. “Hard to tell with how small that is!” Later on in the flight: “that’s going pretty slowly isn’t it?” And also a final “when is my sweater going to be done?”

I’m sure she meant all this as playful and human. But as a slow knitter who knits for peace, stress relief, and something to keep my jitteriness to a minimum during socially uncomfortable situations… I really didn’t appreciate it. This is the the fastest I’ve ever knit, and here’s someone with no clue how this works telling me it’s slow.

Rather than unintentionally mock me, there are a number of things this woman might have asked which each would’ve been accepted, appreciated, and lovingly referred to. Feel free to use these for the knitter whom you next run into:

  • What kind of yarn is that?
  • What’s that colorway called?
  • Is that for you, or is it a gift for a friend?
  • Did you get that pattern on Ravelry?

Every knitter will beam and answer each one of those questions and then be impressed that you asked such nice things. Bonus! If you can’t tell the difference between knitting and crochet (hint: needles vs. hook) these questions apply to both. So now you’re kind and you look smart. Win-win.

You could also compliment how fast their project is coming along out of principle.

Packing Light

Amber and I are officially ‘on vacation’ – since I normally work Sundays, but today I am not.

We’ll be visiting Oregon for the next week and mostly living like locals. Lots of hanging out, walking around, and just basking in the joy of living are the highest priorities and we expect frequent changes of venue during the day. AirBNB rentals will be our home because I’ve had such good experiences with them on Automattic team meetups. We also plan to see the Portland “T2” USL soccer team play (scouting them out in case they meet Louisville City FC in the USL championship.)

Since we don’t really have too many specifics planned out beyond sleeping arrangements, we’re traveling light. Turns out for me that amounts to the following:

Packed up and ready to go
Packed up and ready to go
  • 4 days worth of clothes
  • Macbook Pro, Nexus 5 and their chargers
  • My Jetpack external phone battery
  • Knitting (starting on the front of my sweater since the back is now complete)
  • Book (Plan to start and finish The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, on my 2015 Reading List)

I find that small list incredibly freeing. The numerous options of ‘stuff’ that I face every morning at home are shed down to just a few small things, with a lot more new options to choose from when we arrive at the destination. Really needed this vacation for that clearing of my mind.