Like most things in the world, knitting has a set of rules and conventions. Sometimes, we knitters break them. This is my knitting confession.

 On Mondays, I’ll fess up to some of my own, personal knitting “no-no’s”. Feel free to join me by blogging some of your own weekly confessions or stories of breaking knitting conventions and join the linkup below. 
Confession #1: Working with straight knitting needles makes me feel old fashioned.

I don’t usually work with straight needles because many of the projects I’m drawn to require circular needles due to their shape or the number of stitches. Although I learned to knit first on straight needles, I quickly moved to circulars because I desperately wanted to make my Totoro sweater. I went straight from making a simple project on straight needles to socks and sweaters, jumping right over that obligatory scarf/wash cloth/anything rectangular phase. 
I think because I don’t commonly use straight needles that when I do, they seem out of place and old timey in my hands. I blame the knitting stereotype. The old lady knitting with straight needles is inescapable.

Part of me feels like everyone sees knitting as the “old lady craft,” and it is directly identifiable in pop culture by the straight knitting needle. So in using it, I play into that stereotype. All I need is a few cats and a rocking chair to make it complete. (Now that I think of it, a rocking chair sounds kind of awesome. I think I want one of those now.) But me, a young, cool knitter, I don’t fall into this stereotype, so I feel drawn to use anything but straight needles. And that idea is totally silly, because Wikipedia (reliable source of all human knowledge) tells me that circular needles were actually patented in 1918, but were in use before even then and double pointed needles are believed to be the oldest type of knitting needle. So really, it doesn’t matter what kind of needle I use – they are all old fashioned. (And knitting itself is definitely old – like 1AD old. Woah.)
 It’s what I make with my needles that can make me a unique knitter. And really, any knitting I do, 
regardless of the old lady stereotype, is cool because I enjoy doing it and it makes me happy, and what could be better than that? Besides, if I really cared what other people thought of my knitting, I probably wouldn’t do it publicly, on the subway every day, right? (Though, to be honest, straight needles do take up a bit of space on a packed subway – believe me, I’ve been there.)
Plus, Gromit uses straight needles, and he’s one of the coolest knitters I know. So I’m getting over my knitting stereotypes (partly through force because all my interchangeable circular cables are currently associated with several projects) and embracing a newfound fondness for straight needles and the bounty of projects they can be used for.
Bonus cartoon for my own amusement:
Do you feel you fall into knitting stereotypes? Or do you have your own knitting confessions? Join me and share your own knitting confessions. Your confession can be anything knitting related: rules you always seem to break, conventions you just don’t understand, or stories of when something in knitting just went wrong. Together we can all work through our own naughty knitting habits.
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14 Comments on Knitting Confessions #1

  1. You should make this into a link up! I am pretty sure people have lots of crazy knitting stories! I always knit on straight needles when I can help it! Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but unlike you most of the projects I am drawn to seem to be knitted on straight needles! At the moment anyway. I definitely fit the Granny knitting stereotype! I have definitely become a premature Granny in other ways too!

    • Oh, I’m a total Grannie sometimes, too. I never seem to do things people my age are “supposed” to do. Might as well give in to the knitting Grannie stereotype, too.

      I will start a link up! Might as well try. I’ll post again next week with a chance for other people to share their own confessions. You are welcome to join if you like!

  2. I have to admit I do not ever buy or use strait needles because I ALWAYS loose one of them. I don’t know where they go, but for a while when I was first learning to knit I couldn’t keep a pair together to save my life. I think my couch was eating just 1 of every pair. I think I’ll come up with a confession for my blog soon and do some linking, thanks for the blog post idea.
    Knitting in Pearls

    • My couch monster eats my craft supplies, too. Mostly for me it’s tapestry needles. I go through them like hot cakes. I bet if I used straight needles more they would begin to disappear, too!

  3. That’s a fun link up idea – I’ll have a think and write once for next week! I kinda like how old-fashioned straight needles are….no one I know likes (or knows how) to knit so no matter what needles I use I’m seen as being an “old-lady weirdo!”

    • I’m in your boat, too. Only my mom and sister know how to knit and we all live apart. Everyone else my age thinks I’m weird for being so into knitting. To each their own, right?

  4. Love the idea of knitting confessions! And as for the straight needles, I also hardly ever use them because the patterns I knit just don’t call for them. I can see why you’d feel they’re linked to the stereotype, but I like to think I break it a little bit by using awesomely pretty needles, like the colourful knitpro wooden needles for example.

    • You should see your link at the bottom of this blog post. That way, other people come by and can go visit your confession and add their own! Thanks for joining in – hopefully it’ll take off.

  5. I’d say one of my knitting confessions is that I hate knitting in public, because then people want to talk to you about it. I’d be cool with it if they were knitters/crafters, but they usually have no idea, so I end up hearing things like “I used to crochet, too” (when I’m only ever knitting), “my grandmother used to knit”, “what are you making? a sweater? can you make me one, too?” (by strangers).

    • I knit all the time on the subway and bus. I find that if I’m plugged into my earbuds, people generally don’t approach me to talk about my knitting. The headphones are the key to knitting anonymity. 😉 But I have had random strangers ask me twice if I will sell what I’m making.

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