This was the scene at Shall We Knit? earlier today:
The sidewalk was crowded, and we spilled out all over the lawn, and around the corner and across the street. There were knitters, a few crocheters, and one or two spinners. Add in a tent, for the sock-blank dyeing workshop with Buffy of Shelridge Farms, and a barbecue (for steaming the newly-dyed yarn, not for a feast), and two sets of those giant 6′ needles in a fetching shade of flamingo/pepto bismol pink, and we were certainly a sight to behold.
This gentleman, who told us (or rather, had us guess) that he was 90 years old, rounded the corner and stopped in his tracks. He looked bewildered by the crowd for a moment, then realized that we were all sitting there knitting. As the realization set in, he crossed himself, and put his hands together as if to pray for a moment! That may have been the best reaction we received all day,to my mind.
As for actual knitting content, I’ve been working on a February Lady Sweater — much like just about everyone else in the knitblogosphere, admittedly. It had been on time-out for a week because I had moved onto the sleeves, but didn’t have a short circular needle of the right size, and had been magic-looping to work the sleeve in the round. With the bulk of the sweater’s body twisting in my lap, the extra fiddliness of all that cable was just a little much to deal with. It wasn’t impossible, it wasn’t even all that difficult… it was just irritating enough that I’d get a couple of rounds knit and have no interest at all in continuing. That’s not a good way to make progress, let me tell you! So, today, I bought a 16″ circ, and quickly doubled the length of the sleeve-so-far. Whee!