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a little embarrassed

I’ll be honest, sometimes I find the whole online (actually, I won’t limit this to just online since this has happened to me while sitting across someone) sharing of projects a little weird. I don’t mean the actual sharing, I love looking at what you all are working on, but rather some people’s reactions to what everyone is up to. there are some people that don’t care or even notice you’ve finished something (why follow me on every social media site if you aren’t going to interact with me in any way?) and that’s fine if a little odd. then there’s the group that gets a negative reaction from all your projects. I don’t want to say “angry” because I would hate to think sewing or knitting could get someone so riled up. there seem to be two school of thoughts in this group (maybe there are more, let me know what you think!): you knit too much of a thing (or just knitting the thing at all is seen as an affront) or you knit too much in general.

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so let me just come out and say it: I’m a knit addict. now, do I sit around all day knitting while eating bonbons? I wish someone would hand me some bonbons!  some people seem to assume this about me and looking at this pile of knits I can kind of see why. these are all the projects I’ve finished since my last post. do you want to know what my secret is?

I knit whenever I can. that’s it. I knit in the morning while having coffee, I knit at night while watching TV, and any car or train ride involves some knitting. what else helps?

I don’t start hundreds of projects (though lately it feels like I have, more on that later), which helps in finishing what I have on the needles. but I do have more than one project on the go so I don’t get bored.

I use yarns I find dreamy, which makes even plain stockinette fly by.

I’m a pretty selfish knitter. the moment I cast on a gift my knitting comes to a halt.

and here’s the one thing I really can’t control, I’m a pretty fast knitter. not the fastest, but fast enough.

oh, I guess I should add one more thing, I knit what I love. I call them the three s’s: sweaters, shawls, and socks (man, do people get annoyed about socks). last year I ended up knitting 22 pairs of socks, which is a little insane but a lot less than other knitters out there. this year I want to knit more sweaters and shawls so my sock production has slowed a bit. I’m sure there’s something you like to knit that I won’t care to, but I promise I won’t go off on a ten minute diatribe about it (this has happened to me on multiple occasions).  have any of you experienced this or is it something about me that ticks people off? wait, do I want to know the answer to this?

anyway, this is all to say I’ve knit a few things in the last month. not shown are all the swatches that have lied, random things that have jumped on the needles, and the never ending sweater. how about the next post I actually talk about my projects?

projects shown:

regia arne and carlos socks

moon sprite hat

tgv shawl

the imposter’s shawl

graham sweater

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  • melissa March 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I feel the same way sometimes, I guess I just never really thought about it. I’m a fairly fast knitter and would knit all. the. time. No one every understood how I got stuff done so fast. When it’s something that you love, and it’s really just about all you do, projects grow very quickly.

    One thing I will add though, sharing those projects online takes so much time! I’m usually so behind on blogging because I’d rather be knitting or sewing than writing and photographing. I sometimes have to stop myself from getting too crazy and realize that blogging is really only for my benefit and if someone else gets something out of it, then great! Sharing is just hard sometimes, especially when considering the two types of reactions above.

    • bitterpurl March 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Yes! I rather be knitting than sharing every detail of my project. IG makes it so easy to be like here’s a quick snapshot of what I’m up to and Rav just lets you put in the little details. I’m still not sure what I want the blog to be this time around.

      I never thought my amount of knitting would bother people, but some seem to react strangely. Maybe they just want to knit more as well 🙂

  • Jocelynn March 25, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I can’t say really if I have encountered anything negative about my knitting. Then again, I don’t really socialize with a lot of people. I notice random strangers looking on as I knit away in public. Usually, I just smile at them and keep going. I have never really considered if my art impacts other people either negative or positive. I honestly don’t care. I knit for me and my brain. That is probably why I like that image I saw ages ago, I knit so I do not kill people. You do what you love for you!

    • bitterpurl March 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Yes! And we should all remember this! I just find it so odd when people feel the need to tell me everything they are thinking lol

  • Cara March 25, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I’m sorry! This post makes me laugh. Why do people care so much?!? I will never understand the time people take to express a negative opinion about something that has absolutely nothing to do with them! It says so so much about the kind of people they are – and it’s not good.

    That said, I can totally understand the not commenting at all thing. I love my IG feeds, but sometimes I just want to scroll through the pictures and don’t have the mental capacity to comment. You know?

    I can assure you that I love every single thing you knit almost as much as I love you!

    • bitterpurl March 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I don’t know! It’s so weird! Of course I made it a point to always be knitting socks in front of the person that went off on me about socks being a waste of time. because I’m cool like that.

      hahah but you still interact with me in some way!

  • rachellake March 25, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Oh Lord. The “I don’t know how you have time for that” or “I’m too busy to do all those things you do” types of comments are what always drive me nuts. We’re all busy. We all have things to do. We all choose to do different things with our time. Sometimes I knit a lot. Sometimes I read instead. I will never understand the posters and commenters who are out to make themselves feel better by trying to shame other people who manage to be productive crafters. I saw something on pinterest that said “you all have the same hours in the day as Beyonce,” which made me laugh, but is also so true. I haven’t put away laundry in a month and just get dressed out of the clean basket. That was my trade off for making time to do something else.

    • bitterpurl March 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      hah and this is why we’re friends! I finally did put last week’s laundry away, but only because I need the basket. I rather spend my time doing what I like. and if that it includes knitting socks so be it.

  • Duni March 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Oh man, I love your knitting output! I love reading about what other people are knitting, the projects, yarns, details, thought processes, etc. I think it’s fucking awesome when someone has a huge output because then there’s more stuff to read and learn about! this does take time away from my own knitting, but you know what? it helps inspire me to see what other folks are doing and even if I don’t want to knit the same stuff, who fucking cares? It’s my choice how I spend my time. Combing knitting blogs obsessively is what I want to do right now. So…thanks for posting!

    • bitterpurl March 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      aww thanks for making me feel better! lol

  • Robby March 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I often don’t comment, but it may be that I feel I have nothing in particular to add. That said, I enjoy looking at what others are doing, it may challenge me, inspire me or simply pass for my ‘knitting fix’ when I am so busy that I am too tired to knit when I get to sit down. Knit on! Or don’t. Whatever works for you in that moment.