Resistance is Futile

In CategoryKnitting

When I first took up knitting, I knit a lot of these fuzzy, multi-yarn scarves. A lot. Like maybe 35 fuzzy scarves.

Just plain garter stitch and a lot of novelty yarn. I didn’t even know how to purl. I refused to pay more than $1.99 for a ball of yarn (Mmmm, acrylic!). I inflicted them on gave them to everyone I knew. 

Then I decided to grow up and do some Real Knitting. You know, knitting that did not involve size 35 needles (I did still only buy 99 cent yarn. Let’s not get carried away). I decided to knit a scarf for my husband. I found a Mistake Rib scarf that looked nice and was a simple enough pattern for me to try. I learned to purl and everything. I was happy with how it turned out, and Jim seemed pleased to receive it. 

I was so excited about this, a successful project! I immediately began peppering him with questions about what else he wanted me to knit him.

Me: Yarn! Colors! Patterns!

Him: You already knit me a scarf.

Me: ?

Him: I only need one scarf.

Me: Dude, I have invested tens of dollars (heh) into this new hobby and you think you are going to escape with only one scarf? 

I mean, really. 

I didn’t argue, but secretly devised a Campaign of Conversion.

I took a sock class and began extolling the virtues of the hand-knit sock.

I took him to a football game on one of the coldest days of the year and heroically presented him with a fold-up-brim merino wool hat knit with team colors. I even made a matching one for myself, and I hate football.


I let him in on the mysteries of felting.

I made hats for the kids to look cute in.

And then….

Finally, after over a year of waiting, I heard the words I had been waiting for – 

“I might like you to knit me some socks”


11 Responses to “Resistance is Futile”

  1. Emma Says:

    Congratulations! I lucked out in that I already had my hobby (quilting) before my husband and I met. So he had no choice – he knew what he was getting himself into…kind of…*insert evil laugh here as I look at how much fabric I have…and how much I want…*
    Emma´s last blog post ..Two’s company- three’s a crowd

  2. hi kooky Says:

    Wow – do you have an Etsy shop? Cute stuff! I wish I possessed the desire to knit.
    hi kooky´s last blog post ..a little treat

  3. Daisy Says:

    Whaaa! I want to learn how to knit. I’m such a dunce though. Beautiful work.

  4. Theresa Says:

    Now I want to knit. I took a class a few years ago and started a scarf…and that was about it…but I see yarn and these photos and I just want to knit, knit, knit!!! I am forcing myself to finish a needlepoint pillow that I started 5 years ago! Then it is on to knitting!!!

  5. Applie Says:

    Those hats are stinking cute! I’m still trying to get through my first sock.
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  6. Michelle Says:

    I have trouble getting into knitting down here. By the time I stop whining about the heat, it’s already December. So if I were to start anything then, it would be too hot to USE it by the time I finished. But oh those kids’ hats are adorable! Great job!!!
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Our First Big Field Trip

  7. Connie Weiss Says:

    I’m getting really excited to start learning!!

    Your projects all look great!
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..Pumpkin Spice Latte!

  8. Angie @ Many Little Blessings Says:

    My feet are cold right now, and I sure wish that I had some homemade socks to put on!

    I also wish that I knew how to knit.
    Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog post ..7 Quick Takes- September 24- 2010 Vol 54

  9. Sue @ Laundry for Six Says:

    Shoot! These scarves I’m making are not real knitting! (I kinda knew that since my neighbor has to get me on and off the needles!) Ok, I’m GOING to learn to purl. And I’d love to make some socks like that. Hmm…

  10. Says:

    Everything looks amazing, I’m impressed! Thanks for your post it reminded me I wanted to try my hand at some embroidery. My grandmother got me started one summer when I stayed with her, when I was around six yrs. old, and I absolutely loved it. Almost 50 years later I though I would enjoy trying it again. Also, thanks for visiting us at Projects are the best! 🙂´s last blog post ..Project Time GIVEAWAY- The Winner

  11. Melanie Says:

    Lovely! You know, the best Christmas present The Man ever gave me was a big box full of sock yarn with a note that said, “WE WANT SOCKS!” He wore his all the time. You know, until we moved to Hawaii.
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