Monday, October 20, 2008

Yet another obsession?

Posted in Life tagged , , at 11:07 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Everyone, it is advised, should have a hobby or two they partake of when not doing things like “working” and “writing”, correct?  One of my hobbies is knitting. Or rather, collecting knitting “stuff” in preparation for knitting.

And there’s so much to collect.  All manner of soft, lush and rainbow-hued, hand-spun, hand-dyed, alpaca, cashmere, merino, Icelandic, silk, bamboo, ribbon, novelty and rayon yarns, along with the finest smooth and quiet knitting needles in materials that include space-age metals and plastics, exotic and sustainable woods, and even jewel-toned glass (!), not to mention buttons, knitting books, knitting patterns and knitting gadgets. Oh, and did I mention the yarn?

Those who share the obsession, go right ahead and snicker. But you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Those who don’t should know that a favorite slogan among the yarn obsessed is “The one who dies with the most yarn wins.”

Though I have been on a self-imposed “knitting probation” (perhaps more about this later?) for just over a year now, I did use this past weekend’s New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY as an opportunity to joyfully wallow in the obsession with two like-minded friends.

Here’s a peek.