Those are very, very cool little thingies And from what I gather here they are not easy (physically) to make.
I was going to say something about downplaying our projects and knitting in general to address the subject of the topic… But instead I will tell you a story about my own failing to do what I would like to preach.
We spend a lot of time in the local library and I often knit while my kids play and read books. The woman (I first put ‘girl’ to indicate that she is my age) who works there is an acquaintance, my former customer ‘from the old country’. She is very nice and chatty and we talk often. So one day I was making finger puppets for the hospital (not a very impressive project) while walking around, and she started a knitting conversation. After learning what I was making, she praised me on doing something neat but then said she never made even a scarf. Expecting the usual ‘I have no time or patience’ explanation on her part, I said that knitting for me is like reading a good book – I do it little by little during the day and can’t wait to get to it after I am done with my work.
To which she replied 'yeah, but it is the idea of sitting (at which point she made some moves with her hands to represent knitting) and [I]doing nothing[/I]. While I was trying to pick up my jaw from the floor, she looked me straight in the eye and inquired:
- It is[I] doing nothing[/I], isn’t it? As opposed to…
- Watching TV?
- Cleaning, for example. I don’t have time to watch TV.
So I stood there and said nothing, knitting a puppet to make a kid feel better in the hospital, wearing my fancy scarf by the local designer, surrounded by kids in knit sweaters with a pile of their hats and mittens on the background.
The moral of the story – we should really brag about our work and give praise to each other because nobody else gets us.