Saturday, November 29, 2008

Yarn Snob

It's official - I'm a yarn snob.

Thursday evening, after everyone had finished Thanksgiving dinner and we were all sitting around chatting and eating dessert, I pulled out the scarf I'm knitting for Aunt A as a thank you gift for hosting the meal. I've been knitting every chance I get on this thing, trying to get it finished before Thanksgiving, but I wasn't successful. I can't imagine why not.

Anyway, as I was knitting, one of the women at the table asked what kind of yarn I was using. I told her it was a brand called called "Wool of the Andes" from a place called KnitPicks, and it was Peruvian wool. Another woman asked, "Don't you just get your yarn from Hobby Lobby with a half-off coupon?"

I'm not proud of this, but I actually gasped and said, "Oh goodness, no."

Then I tried to recover and sound not quite so snobby, but everything I said just made it worse.

And while I'm talking about knitting - I was watching "Pushing Daisies" the other night and burst out laughing. One of the characters - Emmerson Cod - is a knitter, and he had an automatic swift and ball winder going in the corner. It was a nice little touch that only a knitter would understand. Someone on the show's staff is obviously a knitter.

1 comment:

knittergran said...

You forgot to explain that there is a very good and legitimate reason to be a yarn snob. No one in this country really NEEDS to knit in order to own a scarf, mittens, sweaters, hats, or whatever. SO, knitting is a hobby that as a bonus provides us with scarves, mittens, sweaters, hats and whatever. Since part of the process is the knitting, we might as well knit with lovely, soft, and interesting textures and colors. Otherwise, it's just serviceable knitting and not also a hobby.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.