Nana's Knitting Shop

Knitting tales of a lifelong knitter
and yarn shop owner.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sports and Other Pastimes

Diane H. came to the Shop the other day and we chatted about the gansey she's making.

"I knit while I watch golf."

"Do you like golf?" I asked, "Do you play?"

"No, but I like Tiger Woods."

"Hmm." I said.

"The scenery is so beautiful and serene," Diane said.

"You know, that actually makes sense. It's not only beautiful scenery, but it's a really quiet sport!"

Which of course got me to thinking...

Sports are typically team efforts and they're always noisy. Baseball, football, and basketball are very noisy sports and they can't be played alone. I like baseball well enough, but I hate football and I can't even be in the room when basketball is on. I can't bear the sound of sneakers squeaking on the wood floor. To me, it's like fingernails on the blackboard.

Tennis is a relatively quiet sport. The announcers never yell like they do in the baseball and football, but those darn tennis players are always grunting! Every time they hit the ball, they grunt, particularly those Williams girls. Can they grunt or what?

And what about do-overs? There's no team sport that I know of that allows do-overs. Sure, you get three chances in baseball before you're struck out, but it's not really a do-over because every swing counts.

How do you play any of these sports without someone else? If no one will play with you, you can't play baseball, tennis, or football. I suppose you can play golf by yourself, but I'm not sure anyone does.

And what about a venue? You can't get in a good round of golf in your backyard and you can't engage in a rousing tennis game without a court.

Which, of course, brings me to knitting! With two sticks and some yarn, you can play to your heart's content. You don't have to beg someone to play with you, you can take it anywhere, and you don't need an arena, a court or a field in which to play it.

Like every sport, it requires planning and strategy. Like golf, it requires practice, calculation and patience. Like baseball, it requires aim and like football, it's centered around goals. And it's quiet! With the exception of the occasional curse, it's one of the quietest sports around. You can play when everyone else is sleeping, you can play in the car and not interfere with the radio, you can even play in the Library where silence is golden.

And most notable of all, it's a sport abounding with do-overs! They're expected, accepted and in fact, if you don't have do-overs, you're considered just a little too big for your britches.

I, for one, think it's the most perfect sport there is.

Don't forget! Bring in your finest work made from Nana's yarn for the Talent Show. You're masterpiece will be on display all month and you will be eligible for prizes to be drawn at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. This is not a contest, but everyone who brings in a project will be eligible to win.

I'm almost finished with the Lacy Kerchief Scarf and it's one of the prettiest things I've ever made. If you've never done lace before, there is still room in the class that begins on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30. Even if you don't need the class, you've got to make it! It's fast and the yarn is gorgeous, mercerized cotton in the most sumptuous colors you've ever seen. Stop by the Shop to see it. Here are some pictures:


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