Wednesday, August 09, 2006

TT # 5

I LOVE to knit. I taught myself how to knit from a book called (a propos) I Taught Myself How to Knit. It came with a pair of size 8 needles, and a few nicknacks. Since then, I have been knitting like a .... well .... knitting maniac. I own a little online knitting business, and I am starting to actually venture out into knitting for personal pleasure. I just love it.

So .... here are.....

Thirteen Reasons Why Knitting Rocks

1. It is portable. Show me a scrapbooker who can take her craft to the bathroom to sit on the toilet for a bit, and I will show you a man with seven noses.

2. In what other craft can you talk about balls all day long, and not ever once get a dirty look? (balls of YARN ... get your mind out of the gutter)

3. You get to make fun things like this:

4. It isn't your grandma's afghans anymore, baby!

5. Seriously... what other craft can make this and get away with it (warning: if you offend easily, don't look!)

6. Needles CAN be used in self-defense situations.

7. You can honestly knit DURING a sermon. Just ask me. You just keep it in your purse, and you reach in and just start knitting away. It is easy.

8. People are always interested in what you are making, so it is an excellent conversation starter. Think about it: take some knitting to a bar, look like you know what you are doing, and you never know the people you will meet.

9. It teaches your children patience. "Mommy ... can we go outside now?" "Just a minute honey. Let me finish this one last row."

10. Knitting and driving: it should become an Olympic sport.

11. Yarn ... it seriously can be stored ANYwhere. So you can just keep on buying it.

12. Ribbing has nothing to do with a prophylactic.

and the 13th reason why Knitting Rocks:

Who COULDN'T love this! THAT is knitting nirvana right there! (and not to toot my own horn ... but I dyed all of that yarn)

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Blogger Lyn said...

Yeah, I'm first. But I know nothing about knitting. So thanks for the tips. My T13 - Classic Books I've Never Read Edition is up at Bloggin' Outloud. Thanks!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Sprague, All Natural Mommies said...

OH WOW< kinda makes me wish I could learn...I have tried but it just did nto take...and that link...OMG did you make that?!?! What an um, well unusual idea! :D

10:28 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

A friend from England (her husband was in the AF with mine) taught me how to knit. I used to do it all the time, but haven't knitted in years. BUT, your list brought back memories as well as some GREAT laughs! I had to read some to my husband (you know which ones) - and I peeked, and got a big laugh as well.

My TT is up.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Janet ( said...

I don't have the patience to knit, but I love the stuff my friends make me!!!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Mama Kelly said...

#5 had me in stitches (pun intended LOL)

11:06 PM  
Anonymous kristarella said...

Cool! My problem is that I don't have the patience. I like it but I haven't gotten any firther with the scarf I started ad knitted about 5 inches of last winter!

11:27 PM  
Blogger armywife said...

i want to knit. i've tried and everything. and that purse was just too cute...i'm just not probably ever going to be able to do sad

my TT is up too
happy thursday

11:27 PM  
Blogger Crayonsetc said...

I taught myself how to crochet last summer... it fits in a lot of the same catagories as knitting!!

Happy TT!!

11:35 PM  
Anonymous e said...

LOL I love #6!! I tried knitting when I was younger, and succeeded amazingly well at it! Then I stopped and my mother tried teaching me again when I was pregnant. I could not get the hang of it at ALL. Kept dropping stitches and generally making a very tight mess of anything I tried knitting.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Pass The Torch said...

Good grief- I feel like such a dud when I read all these crafty TT's. I'm totally impressed and envious!

11:58 PM  
Blogger EmilyRoseJewel said...

Neat stuff, I wish I could. It is great to create such beautiful things. I have gotten two handmade blankets for Justice and they are beautiful! Great talent! My list is up!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Southern Girl said...

You don't have to convince me -- I agree that knitting rocks! That's why I'm so sad that I've yet to master it. I'm apparently one of those people who really DOES need three hands to knit. *g*

Thanks for visiting my TT! :)

12:04 AM  
Anonymous robin said...

Thanks for stopping by my TT!! I can't knit (blast it all!!). I CAN crochet!! :) My grandmother was going to teach me to knit but her arthritis got so bad...she only taught me how to do a chain stitch in crocheting and I just picked the rest up by trial and error. I'm too dumb to knit. LOL

12:07 AM  
Anonymous wrigley said...

that is great! i want to learn knitting. it's good to know one can learn it by self-study. your designs are so cool and pretty.

my list is up!

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I've been crocheting since I was five. I love to give homemade gifts for christmas and birthdays! Everyone loves them because they are one of a kind! Great list!

12:13 AM  
Blogger The Shrone said...

This week I posted about the future crochet projects I wish to make over the next year. My husband is the knitter in our family. That means spending twice as much at the yarn shop when we go! LOL!

12:41 AM  
Blogger Wacky Mommy said...

Dang. That is cool. I love to knit, as well.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous CJ said...

Knitting sounds like fun.

My TT is up to.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous ~ Stacy ~ said...

I want to learn how to knit, now! I can crochet, but I don't know how to knit. It looks like fun.

2:40 AM  
Blogger factor 10 said...

I taught a girlfriend to knit during a slow day at work--I knew one stitch. She now makes the most beautiful hats and scarves, and I still know one stitch. sigh. Your list was inspiring.
Happy TT!

3:13 AM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

I agree that knitting is what you say portable. You can knit anywhere, anytime....but wait I just don't know about your #10.
Thanks for dropping by.

3:50 AM  
Anonymous KarenW said...

I love knitting! I haven't done it in a long long time because I found it hard to do with little ones around and now that they are older, they want to learn. Which is a good thing but I can't knit and teach at the same time. My TT is up!

4:18 AM  
Blogger Virginia (Jenny) said...

Wow, that's neat. I once got into knitting but when I'd go to make a blanker, it would starting to get narrow. I don't know why and I would get so frustrated!

4:46 AM  
Blogger Alyx said...


I'm new to TT. And I love to knit (what else is there to do in a Swedish winter?)

4:54 AM  
Blogger Happy0303 said...

I don't know how to knit but my sister does and she loves it!

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

I'll keep my mouth shut on #1. LOL

#5...OMG LMAO!!!

I can't knit. :( There! I said stop laughing at me.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

i'm not a knitter, but I'm glad you enjoy it so much! And dying your own yarn? wow. ;)

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

You forgot to post your booby ball! Great fun Mer! Still waiting on my lesson! :) I'll be expecting a purse like that for Christmas this year...

7:52 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

I just love it! You are very talented..Dying your own yarn is very impressive..It looks very pretty.
I think this is a great list. I did not put my name in your linky list because I didn't play this week but I have a little bit of time to visit the ones that posted...
Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for Thirteening!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I have knitted sweaters long time ago! :-)
My TT is about pets this week.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Jenny Ryan said...

#5=AWESOME! :)

8:53 AM  
Blogger Trisha said...

My god, knitting is more than just baby booties and blankets. The know have penis sheaths. What will they think of next?

9:00 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Robin, it wasn't for lack of trying that I didn't post the Boobie Ball. I couldn't find a picture of it on my hard drive! I think I deleted them out of embarassment!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

I have tried to get into knitting, but I am just no good at it, LOL! But it looks like you're doing great!!! Happy TT!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Nichole said...

I LOVE knitting. My grandmother was teaching me how but she just recently passed away . . . so I guess that leaves me on my own. I love knitting because it is SO relaxing and such a great way to pass the time. I have quite a bit of learning to do when it comes to using the knitting needles (grandma had just started teaching me) but I have gotten really good at the knifty knitter looms.

Happy Thursdays!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Love the 'cozy' LOL.. Ooh I wish I could knit, it's something I've never done. I'd make some for the ladies bits too hehe

Mandy :=)

10:39 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

I love to knit.. I just suck at it. :) Love your stuff, though!

Happy TT! Mine are up.

11:14 AM  
Blogger -R- said...

I am very impressed by you dying your own yarn! But I am not so sure about the driving and knitting... =)

11:54 AM  
Blogger ka-rista said...

I love that bag!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I've always thought I would like to learn to knit. Did you really teach yourself from a book? That gives me hope! Of course, I have too many hobbies right now as it is, but there's always... "one day"! :)

Great post, my T13 is up also...

P.S. I've recently read two knitting-relation fiction books by Debbie Macomber that I really liked. It made me want to learn even more :)

1:26 PM  
Blogger Mommy the Maid said...

Awesome TT! I have a friend who knits and she does a lot of business with me and my boutique. She will love this list so I made sure to send her a link ;)

1:36 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I really want to learn to knit.... never going to happen. I don't have the patience! :)

Great list! :)

My 13 is up! :)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Bellezza said...

Okay, you make it sound way easier than it is. Just like the ice skaters on the Olympics, when you watch an expert you think, "I can do that."

I can't knit.
I stink at knitting.
I've made a few things and they look like they were made at home.

But, I am proud of YOU.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Yoshi said...

I was told to try knitting as a way to quit smoking. (to keep my hands occupied) I've quit smoking, but i never took up knitting. Maybe I should think about it. LOL

because #5? classicly hilarious. I love it.

2:44 PM  
Blogger astrocoz said...

I love knitting too! Its oh so relaxing!

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Natsthename said...

You do beautiful work! And I'm still laughing at the willy cover. Did you make one of those?!

Every time I attempt to become a knitter, I fail. Maybe I should look up that book you used!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

#5!!!!! OMG! too hilarious. I want to learn to knit. My mom just learned and she makes some cute stuff...

Thanks for stopping by my 13

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Caledonia said...

I've never had much patience for knitting. Your yarn picture brought back some bad memories of when I was a child, my mum used to make me kneel in front of her, arms up, yarn looped around both hands while she rolled it up into balls. My arms were always killing me!

3:23 PM  
Blogger 2 cents said...

Hmmm. Maybe I'll have to learn how to knit. Might be fun!

Thanks for stopping by my site! Have a great Thursday!!

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Ha ha.. #5, should not have been drinking a soda while reading and sitting in front of the computer! That was hysterical!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

My agent (owner/mother/human) knits all the time! Her favorite thing to knit: felted wool bags.

I love the penis cozy, but if you really want to see what you can knit/crochet, check this out (again, if you offend easily, you probably shouldn't click).

I came by way of Thu13 and thoroughly enjoyed (and agreed with) your list!

Knit on!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

Could not agree more! I tend to crochet more than knit, but I love them both!
Happy Thursday!

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Agent PMS said...

I would like a knitted tube top that stays up. Is that even possible? I like the purse. It's flashy fuschia, my favorite color. We're up, stop by!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ok, I never could get the knitting thing. I was good at crotchet or however you spell it, but I never could knit. I am convinced it was because I am left handed. LOL!!! That cute little purse definatley does rock though. Maybe I should try again!

6:19 PM  
Blogger Shaylondon said...

cool list. I started knitting with a friend, but then moved, so had to stop. My TT is up

10:19 PM  
Blogger The Schooligan said...

I LOVE the Penis Cozy. That's hysterical.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I wish I could knit. Somehow I don't think I'm co-ordinated enough :)

11:09 PM  
Blogger The "Mind" said...

The penis cozy is cracking me up. I must show that to my girls. LOL!

11:27 PM  
Blogger Cooth said...

I love your list! And, I love to knit! Haven't done it much lately, it's more of a winter sport for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

You are seriously talented!!!

i am ana rtist, I paint and make short films and I feel your kind of talent should be included in the arts. sometimes I have seen knitted sculptures in galleries, I'll try to find you a photo sometime!

great stuff
keep having fun

my TT

3:44 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

I did a cross-stitch one time. It was...a memorable experience. ;) I decided that that & anything else involving needles (knitting, crocheting, etc.) just isn't for me. :) Not because I stuck myself with the needles or anything. I admire your talent for it. :)
Thanks for stopping by my TT list yesterday! :)

7:28 PM  

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