meditations for women who knit too much

As long as there has been knitting there have been battles about it. There are self-declared “yarn snobs,” who frown on using anything but natural fibers; “gauge snobs”, who wouldn’t be caught dead with chunky yarn; and “experience snobs”, who claim you can’t declare yourself a real knitter until you abandon novelty yarns. The truth is that the knitting world is a tiny metaphor for the real world. It takes all kinds.

I will not allow myself to feel bad if someone disapproves of my knitting. I will also resist the urge to stuff his mailbox full of chunky acrylic fun fur at 3:00 am.

—  stephanie pearl-mcphee, “at knits end: meditations for women who knit too much”

3 ways to liven up a yarn shop:

+ Loudly, and in a clear voice, say “Circular needles are so stupid.”
+ Wait until the shop is crowded, then tell one person that today is the day that everything is 50 percent off.
+ Yell “MOTH!”

Not that you could be bored in a yarn shop, but just in case.

—  At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much - Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Knitting is a boon for those of us who are easily bored. I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad.
—  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Advice for a new knitter:
When choosing a pattern, look for ones that have words such as “simple,” “basic,” and “easy.”
If you see the words “intriguing,” “challenging,” or “intricate,” look elsewhere.
If you happen across a pattern that says “heirloom,” slowly put down the pattern and walk away.
“Heirloom” is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.”
—  At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, otherwise known as the yarn harlot