Speaking of knitting in public

Our favorite subway knitter, Colleen, asked her readers to name the best placed to knit in public here in the Boston area, of course. Well, knitting in public can get one into trouble! A few weeks, maybe even months ago we (meaning, my Sunday S ‘n B) were knitting away at True Grounds, when a writer for the Somerville News happened to be there. She was intrigued by our massive presence, and after asking a few questions, decided to write a full story. Long story short, we’re in the freakin’ paper today!!! And when I add those three exclamation points, I mean, there are five (five!) pages of knitting goodness. Look, even a picture:

So they got my name wrong, maybe it’s better that way :). However, there are a ton of quotes by me (side note: it’s so weird to always be referred to by my last name, but at least it’s spelled right, which I can’t say for some of the other people mentioned). Some of the things I apparently said:

  • On knitting as a social activity: Some other Somerville knitting groups are more formal, instructing participants on a particular pattern or project at the same time, [Grumperina] said. … “This group is great because people work on a variety of projects,” [the grumpy one] said. “I wouldn’t be happy in a group that worked with the same projects and designs. Say you run into a problem”, she said. “If you’re the only knitter you know, you’re stuck. That’s why these knitting forums are great.”
  • On why knitting has gained so much popularity: At True Grounds, [Grumperina said] that she thought the internet was partially responsible. “The rise of the internet in the 1990s and 2000s makes it easier to come out of houses and into cafes,” she said.
  • On the knitting “trend”: Still, many knitters said that they picked up the hobby not to be part of the trend, but for a wide variety of personal reasons. “I’m not typically a trend-follower,” said Grumperina. “The fact that it’s popular now doesn’t affect me. Everything I knit is not trendy. I’ve always chosen old-woman type style.” (the actual adjective I used was classic)
  • On how I started to knit: [The grumpy one] said that she was inspired to start knitting by seeing a friend give another friend a beautiful crocheted blanket at a baby shower. “I thought: ‘I would like to give such a special gift.'”

And last, but certainly not least, the last sentence of the entire article, my closing quote:

  • “It’s a huge part of my life,” [the grumpiest-looking knitter of the bunch] said.”

Amen to that, ladies and gentlemen.


8 thoughts on “Speaking of knitting in public

  1. CatBookMom

    Hey, is that a Grumpy smile??? Nice article, usual journalistic sloppiness with names and faces. Thanks for posting!!

  2. Kristi

    I drank coffee in a Somerville coffeehouse once, but it was back in 1994 so I kinda doubt it was that place. I hate being interviewed for articles like this because quotes tend to sound so dorky or earnest taken out of context. Not that *you* sounded dorky or earnest, I mean when *I* say it. 😉 That’s a newspaper photo you can be proud of, clip and frame it for the wall!

  3. Carolyn

    I love it! I must get out there and do more public knitting. We knit behind closed doors, only because I’ve yet to find a place (besides a park bench) to gather and knit here in Windsor!

  4. Jenifer

    Wow! You’re famous! And you don’t look grumpy at all, by the way! Wish I could come knit with your group some time … you meet Sundays?? DH is from Boston and we head back occasionally. I probably couldn’t make it but just thought I’d say it as if I could!

  5. Stephanie

    How cool are you? Cute picture, what a cutie you are, and a nice article. Articulate quotes too. Will you be my hero? 🙂 How’s your sock coming along?

  6. Tara

    That’s awesome! And I agree with Jenifer…..you don’t look grumpy, Grumperina! Or is that little smile a disguise?

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