I have opinions about everything. Strong, strong opinions. And I’m a verbal processing extrovert which means everyone pretty much knows what I’m thinking or feeling all the time. Pockets on women’s clothing? I have an opinion on that. Brushing curly hair? I have an opinion on that. Those weird spiral outdoor lighted Christmas trees? Oh I have an opinion on those. And when someone is wrong or does something stupid, you can be sure I will have an opinion on that.
Because of this, I’m not entirely sure if my knitting friend Tabitha was completely surprised by my reaction when she asked a bunch of us, “Did you see that article about ‘Knitflixing’?” I had not so
I set my knitting down, mid row, and looked up that article in the middle of knitting group. And then I got irritated.
Attempting to understand the habits of millennials can be a head-scratching endeavor…
You see, some lazy jackass reporter wrote an entire article making fun of knitters (who apparently are only millennials) who binge watch Netflix and smothered it with just enough “reporting” to make it seem like a legit think piece.
I get it. Knitting is funny. It’s something old ladies and hipsters do. It’s old-fashioned. Why bother doing all that work when you could buy it cheaper (for a moment, we’ll ignore all those people who garden, fix up old cars, bake and build things in their basements or garages and the gobs of money they spend). When people hear I love knitting so much that I blog about it, I can always see them trying to figure out of I’m just being funny. And making fun of millennials has become a national pass time.
But it was clear this writer was laughing at everyone he interviewed; that he thought they were pathetic and silly and this article was really a hoot for him to write. in between quoting knitters, he clearly Googled “knitting words” and put them in as a weird food salad filler. Seriously, who purls a scarf?
And if you’re under the assumption that it’s as simple as plopping down on the couch and purling away at a scarf, you’re denser than a cabled Brioche-stitch sweater.
Sure, some of the people he interviewed are silly (failing school to binge watch Breaking Bad? Really?) but most were not. Most knitters are not idiots. Knitting is a skill and it can’t be accomplished the easy way with a plugin or hack. To be a better knitter, you have to knit. And you have to knit harder and more complicated things. Sure, many knitters are just casual crafters (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but many more make things more beautiful than you could ever imagine (look, you can Google that one yourself).
“I knit my mom a sweater one summer,” she says, “while watching the entire ‘Sons of Anarchy’ series.”
Sure, we’ve all done it. I binge watch Netflix all the time during a too-hot or too-cold Midwest season. When the new fall TV season starts this week, I will be watching and knitting because otherwise I’m watching and phone browsing (yeah, you know, that thing every one always does, probably even the Boston Globe author).
Clearly the author has disdain for a these millennial binge-watching knitters and has a platform to make fun of them. You know what, us knitters aren’t just a waste of space. We’re not something to be laughed at because, yes, we have needles in hand all the time. And I’m becoming really tired of knitters being a safe, social joke. Here’s what this guy forgot to say about knitters:
- Knitters knit the software guidance system of the Apollo’s mission.
- Knitting can be used to help show and explain complicated math concepts.
- Nevermind that knitters have to do math on a regular basis that most people avoid like the plague (here is a fun post on how knitting shows basic math concepts)
- Knitting can delay Alzheimer’s.
- Knitting can relieve depression, help insomnia and soothe anxiety among other health benefits.
And never mind the beloved gifts we give those we love or the special heirloom items left behind by loved ones.
Go head, Mr. Boston Globe author, you continue to hold millennial knitters in low regard because they binge watch Netflix (just like most every other Netflix subscriber regardless of hobby). Maybe someone will finally knit you something special and you won’t feel so left out anymore.
So, dear Fidgety Readers, what do you like to “Knitflix” to?