Knitting in Public (by Deb Wunder)
Since I knit (and crochet) in public a lot, I am often asked why I knit and crochet. The short answer is usually that, “It’s cheaper than therapy and I have socks (or whatever I am working on) when I’m done.” When asked about spinning (I will use a drop spindle in public), the answer is that, “It’s cheaper than therapy, and I have yarn when I’m done.”
In truth, though, I knit and crochet because it’s what I do. It’s what I’ve done ever since my parents taught me when I was a kid. And, yes, I said parents. My mother taught me to knit, but Pop taught me to crochet. (Pop also taught me the joys of geometrical design, but that’s another column.)
Like many craftspeople, I have my strengths and weaknesses. My strengths are my color sense, and my love of textural knitting. My weakness is designing, although I can claim one of the first toe-up sock patterns on the Web (“Deb’s Almost-Easy Toe-Up Sock),” at Socknitters.com.
Currently, my favorite things to knit are socks, shawls, and shawlettes. My favorite designers are many: Wendy Johnson, Cookie A, Vickie Howell, Ysolda, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Mary Ann Beattie, and many others. I have at least five projects going most of the time, and I switch back and forth depending on mood, event I will be at, and whether I can do the pattern from memory, or need a printout or proximity to a computer.
When I am not plying needles or hooks, I am either making beaded jewelry, writing (I’m a freelance writer by trade), reading, walking, or some combination of the above.
I live in Brooklyn, NY, with a roommate and two cats, and I love to show off my city, wander through parks and museums, and try most of the ethnic foods so readily available in New York (Indian and Hispanic are particular favorites).
I look forward to meeting many of you online, and possibly in person if you are ever in New York City.