Friday, 18 December 2009

The generosity of knitters

When I first started to knit I was still at primary school and the only other knitters I knew were my mother and grandmother. As the years passed I continued to knit and still only knew very few other knitters. Knitting was an isolating pastime. Most of my friends found it a very unintellectual pastime and thought it all very uncool.

And then some years ago I discovered knitting on the internet and gradually found my way into the virtual knitting community. I have now made knitting friends all over the world.

As I get to know more knitters through blogging and Ravelry I am constantly struck by what a generous bunch of people knitters are. This year I have personally been on the receiving end of that generosity. It has manifested itself in many ways ranging from the many supportive and comforting comments I received last February during that horror summer, the lovely gifts I received participating in the swaps on the Australian Swappers group on Ravelry, through to the unexpected gifts and generous offers from my blogging buddies.

Yesterday I was again on the receiving end. This time knitter extraordinaire, Mary, sent me these beautiful sock blockers.

Look at the beautiful wood and gorgeous butterfly.

Thank you Mary you sure put a lift in my day. I can't wait to get my first pair of socks on them.


~ Phyllis ~ said...

What a nice gift. Lovely sock blockers. Knitters are a special group.

Helen said...

Those are lovely, Amanda! And I have to agree with you regarding the generosity! And I've been on the receiving end of your generosity so it's lovely to hear you've been on the receiving end for a change.

Mary said...

I am so glad you like them and I can't wait to see the sock blockers in use!

T. said...

Well deserved Amanda - and knitters are truly the best bunch of people I know.

kelebek }{ said...

How lovely! Any way of finding where I can get myself some butterfly sock blockers?

Metta said...

I totally agree with you and the other commentators. I have also found that knitters are a special kind of people.

Earlier I found myself very lonely with my knitting. Then I also discovered knitting on the internet and now I have lots of knitting friends over the net and IRL.

What a nice gift you have received. I love the sock blockers.

Amanda said...

For those who would like a link to the sock blockers (paging Kelebek!) here you go:

Lupie said...

I also feel the warmth of the fiber artists.
On my blog when I post good or bad times there come comments of support.
I will be meeting with my Chalk Dust Knitters/Crocheters on the
29th and can't wait to knit, eat and talk for hours.
How sad for all thoes kids who thought it was uncool!