Sunday, July 8, 2012

KTS: context is everything

Today I got up relatively early for a Sunday, knitted, got ready to go out, knitted some more, got on the streetcar, and knitted whilst in transit. I knitted standing up waiting with J-A for her friend Geoffrey to show up so we could all watch The Amazing Spider-Man together. I knitted before and after the meal at the restaurant we went to, and sitting at the Starbucks we went to afterwards. Then I knitted on the streetcar all the way home.

(I didn't knit during the film because it can bother other people, and because, since I was working on the colourwork double knitted jacket, I need light to see what I'm doing. Also, I'm not going to spend twenty bucks to sit in the dark and knit.)

The double knitted jacket got some appreciable progress made on it, although not as much as I was hoping for the weekend. It did, however, make me think.

I've never been shy about knitting in public the way some people are. I know sometimes strangers tell you it's offensive. Why it should be so, I've never been able to figure out. Are you making everyone else feel bad because they're sitting there like lumps while you get something done? That might explain why no-one with a book to read in public has ever told me I'm being offensive.

But knitting on transit and during "wait" times meant that I got a lot more knitting done today than I have on the days when I've just worked on it at home. At home I only last a few rows. Today, in public, I just wanted to knit.

It made me a little worried. What if all this knitting in transit and knitting socially has kind of ruined me for knitting by myself?

The other thing to consider is that the double knitted jacket is not "TV knitting." I can't sit down with it and pop a DVD on to watch. That means that since this meta-project started, I've been rediscovering my music collection. Before, I'd drifted into the habit of only listening to music in the car — stupid since I've actually got a decent-sounding (if inexpensive) home stereo, whereas my car stereo is noticeably awful.

Maybe that's one of the reasons why these projects weren't getting done: they didn't have a proper context. Making the deadline is forcing me to create contexts where they can be worked.


  1. Question were you going to bring it away to work on today or was it because I asked to see it?

    Opportunity creates wonderful context.

    I am starting to look forward to your posts.


    1. I was hedging. One of my anxieties at this point in the project is that New Year's Day will roll around and all I'll have to show for it is a pile of socks and a doily. On the other hand, although the jacket is obviously still portable for now, once I get to the sleeves it's not going to be. Not really.

      Glad the posts are working for you.


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