Shake It Up…

Shake it Up – The Cars
I began a project for Berroco only to realize that, due to my gauge, I must search through the needle stash for a US 5. Ummmm, I never use 5’s! And there, standing lonely in a corner mason jar, covered by yarn and past projects, is a set of US 5’s…STRAIGHT NEEDLES! Who uses straight needles anymore?!?!  Really? Must I succumb to this? The answer: I must (unless I want to drive to the yarn shop and spend money on needles I thought I never used). Ugggggh. And so I cast on.

Again, really? People still use these things? They insist on hitting my elbows, scratching my lap, swirling my yarn around their ends, and before I’ve finished my first row, I’m more than frustrated. I ask the question again, “Who chooses to use straight needles?” Often I’m able to see both sides of a situation and give equal effort to pros and cons. Not here. Does even one pro exist in favor of straight needles? For if there is a more efficient tool, a more practical tool, a more portable too, a more comfortable tool; how have the straight not become extinct? My conclusion: CHANGE.

Change frightens most. Change intimidates. Change is uncertain and uncertainty opens the door to discomfort. Perhaps then, straight needle knitters are simply content in their straight needle world? Do they keep the door to discomfort closed, and rest happily in the certainty of straight needles; unaware of how wonderful circulars are? I can’t help but believe that if they were exposed to the goodness that is circular needles; they’d immediately convert and be glad for it. If this assumption is wrong, someone please enlighten me. Share with me the unforseeable pros of these inhibiting tools.

All this leads to a broader contemplation of the human person and its innate resistance to change. I am surrounded by two very distinct peoples in my world right now: those saturated in the comfort of tradition, wanting to bring back what they know to be familiar and good; and those desperately seeking change for a greater good. You could liken them to the straight needle knitters and the circular needle knitters. Both types of knitters want to finish their knitting projects, with gauges checked, tensions not too tight and not too lose, and not a missed stitch. How we knitters go about getting to that end result; however, is VERY different. Better or worse? I have my opinions –  all based on experience with both types of needles. And so, my conclusion comes: I need to educate others on the WONDERS of circular-needles. Put my passions in action. And hope, just hope, that perhaps my small doings will bring about greater good – not for me – but for all knitters! Here’s to believing that doing small things with great effort, will bring about big changes. Let’s shake it up!

…and if anyone has a needle better than circulars, I want to know about it!

 

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One thought on “Shake It Up…

  1. aunt marjory says:

    Ha, ha! :>)

    Well, here i , your old (and i mean really old:>) Aunt Marjory reading your post and smiling my way to the end……

    Trev’s great grandmother Lyons taught me to knit when i was about four and five years old…six and one half decades ago….i still use many of her patterns and all of her needles. Actually, i have some old wire circular needles of hers and, perhaps, you should have those as your inheritance from her. :>)

    Most of her needles, however, are wooden or steel or wire (circular as i noted). A few are plastic and a couple may actually be bone. The vast majority of these archaic tools are straight needles some of which are dp needles. Many of them are size six or lower.

    Perhaps ‘tradition’ or habit or my being ‘frugal’ (or some may more crudely but correctly call it ‘being ‘cheap’ :>) i have stuck with using mostly the needles and crochet hooks i already have in my knitting bag.

    One day, perhaps you would teach a (very old) dog some new tricks using newer patterns and more modern tools.

    Having used a bamboo circular needle to knit some cowls and having found the process to go much more smoothly and quickly than i had ever experienced, i believe i am ready for some tutelage IF the two of us could ever find ourselves in the same part of the country for a bit. :>)

    You design and ceate such lovely as well as practical things while if drudge away at following patterns using my old straight needles …..trying to finish a sweater at present and realizing that, if i were using the right pattern and some circuluar needles i would not have to take out the old darning needle this weekend to finish something which would have looked much better without seams.

    with love to you, you creative and talented gal you, and to your lovely family :>)

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