The Mysterious Power of the K-word

May 6, 2014

I had the great pleasure of attending a party Saturday night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a friend’s “kicking cancer’s ass” as the invitation from her husband and daughters said. I’m a firm believer in taking joy in the moment no matter how fleeting — whether it’s a drowsy morning hug with my sweet husband, a brief happy dance for a successful audition by the child at the end of the phone,  a high-five for a completed homework assignment, or a prayer of thanks for… just about anything.

Something as major as 10 years cancer-free is definitely party-worthy. The house was filled with friends, laughter, stories, hugs, good food, and plentiful beverages. Since the friend is someone I’ve gotten to know through knitting (she’s taken a couple of my classes and is a quick study indeed), it was my first time meeting some of her family and friends. Being introduced as “my knitting teacher” is a somewhat weird experience — not because it’s not an accurate identifier but because of the reaction it prompts.

Putting the adjective “knitting” in front of a noun definitely changes the way people, of the non-knitting type, respond. It induces a bit of nervous laughter  and some apparent discomfort and is apparently a near-conversation killer. If I were introduced as “a teacher,” I’m quite sure the questions would flow — what age or grade or subject? where? how long? You get the picture. But a knitting teacher? The adjective has tongue-typing abilities. The Yarn Harlot was the first person to point this out to me. She’s a New York Times best-selling author (several times over), but when she explains that she writes about knitting, it’s a near conversation killer. Remarkable really.

In other news, Rachel turned this lovely work-in-progress of a few weeks ago


into a luscious infinity scarf fit for a stylish and discerning pre-teen.



4 Responses to “The Mysterious Power of the K-word”

  1. kdillmanjones Says:

    Even after Stitch N’ Bitch, many people see knitting as such an unworthy pursuit, an anti-feminist, anti-academic backslide. It’s so sad. But then with the growing interest in local food and organic farming, maybe we’ll see more prestige given to fiber arts.


    • It’s puzzling, really. Being someone who assumes generous intent by others, I think it must stem from a misunderstanding or lack of understanding of the craft. That just means we need to keep up the education and evangelization!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


  2. Anna Gretta Says:

    Did you not know that “knit” is the original four letter word ?


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