Thursday, May 28, 2009

Knitting: It's Controversially Boring

Ethan isn’t the only kid whom thinks knitting is boring. The other day, I got to sit in the lobby of the Taekwondo studio because my husband was home to watch James. Once Ethan’s class started, I hauled out my knitting and got to work. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a dimpled hand pointing to the sweater.
“What are you doing?” asked a wide-eyed 3-year-old boy in a karate uniform.
“I’m knitting,” I said.
“What’s that?” he said.
“It’s when you take yarn and make stuff with it, like sweaters,” I said. I didn’t think my explanation sufficed, but soon the boy got interested in a teenage couple necking and left me to ask his mom what they were doing.
Later, my ears pricked up to hear one of Ethan’s classmates ask him what I was doing.
“She’s, um, knitting,” Ethan said. “She does it all the time.”
I guess to a 7 year old, 2 ½ hours a week constitutes all the time.

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hokgardner said...

I take knitting with me to Lily's ballet class and knit while I'm in the waiting area. The older brother of one Lily's classmates was fascinated and asking me lots of questions one day. When I asked him if he wanted to learn, he said no. Sigh.

Speaking of knitting, I get to see the Yarn Harlot tonight AND go to a pre-event, ticket-only, reception with her tonight.

Kathleen W. said...

That's so cute, the boys being interested in your knitting (not your boys though, sadly). I have a feeling my son won't be into it either, since he sees it all the time. I do hope he learns one day.

Thanks for the great info on the cell phones too. What wonderful work they're doing.