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jennywhite
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit jennywhite's Homepage Send jennywhite a Private Message
I was thinking about this very question the other day and I couldn't figure out a definitive answer. The beauty of knitting is that it's a craft of the masses (as Debbie Stoller says in her book), but is knowing how to knit enough to make someone a knitter?
I was thinking about it again before my class started so I asked some of my classmates (most of whom are not knitters) and they said that a knitter has to have some proficiency in knitting techniques and what not.
I think that to be a knitter you can know how to only knit, purl, CO and BO, but you have to consider yourself a knitter. But that makes the "knitter" definition so very variable... but maybe that's what's great about this craft.

Any thoughts? All this thinking on my own just makes my head spin.

~Jenny

fillyjonk
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:24:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit fillyjonk's Homepage Send fillyjonk a Private Message
I agree that it's a matter of consideration.

I had a friend tell me the other week "I know how to knit but I'm not a 'knitter' like you are" meaning that she knows the basic skills but doesn't use them often, whereas I always have a project (or five) going on.

I also know a number of people who learned to knit and who know how, but the knitting bug didn't "take" for one reason or other.

I think it's a self-selecting thing - I wouldn't deign to say someone was "not a knitter" because they didn't knit "enough". I'd expect they would apply the label of "knitter" to themselves or not as they saw fit.

I consider myself a knitter, of course, but then maybe "knit obsessed" is a better tag for me. (I always have at least one project on the needles, a big chunk of my 'entertainment' budget goes to yarn and knitting books, it's a good day when a new issue of a knitting magazine is in the mailbox, I try to knit at least a little bit most days).
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Jane
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:24:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
2 sticks + string x desire = knitter.

Jane
(on the end of
Long Island, NY)

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fillyjonk
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit fillyjonk's Homepage Send fillyjonk a Private Message
How 'bout:

if you think about knitting more often than you think about s*x

(and I don't mean Stash Enhancement eXperience)
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caramel93117
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USA
322 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:50:59 PM  Show Profile Send caramel93117 a Private Message
I think that definitely qualifies, Fillyjonk! LOL!! :D

Melissa

"Take your needle, my child, and work your pattern--it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that...one stitch at a time taken patiently."--Oliver Wendall
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XavierMusketeer
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  12:59:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit XavierMusketeer's Homepage Send XavierMusketeer a Private Message
I think we could come up with a whole list of "...you might be a knitter" categories like Jeff Foxworthy's "...you might be a redneck" jokes.

Like, "If you look at someone's sweater and mentally knit the pattern...you might be a knitter."
"If the first ads you look for in the Sunday paper are the yarn sales...you might be a knitter."
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2004 :  1:47:51 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
If you grab yarn instead of duct tape, you might be a knitter.
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Luann
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  2:27:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message
If you are trying to learn crochet but you keep forgetting to move loops *off* the hook, you might be a knitter.

Luann

Knit and let knit!
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GFTC
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  4:29:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
If you have been caught in an elegant store's dressing room, down on the floor, measuring a sweater and writing down the measurements on your hand, you might be a knitter.
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geekgirl
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USA
220 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2004 :  5:11:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit geekgirl's Homepage Send geekgirl a Private Message
I think the first dream I had in which I was knitting was when I knew I was a knitter. Now, I often dream of knitting- maybe because I don't get enough time awake to do it!

-Wendy
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Tam
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Posted - 04/08/2004 :  6:42:43 PM  Show Profile Send Tam a Private Message
If you can't remember ever not being a knitter then you are definitely a knitter.

Happy Knitting,
Tam in Melbourne

http://au.f2.pg.briefcase.yahoo.com/lillysmum2002

2004 Stats: 7 FOs, 2 WIPs

Women are like tea bags - you don't know how strong they are until they are in hot water.
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prixby
Chatty Knitter

USA
156 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2004 :  1:20:49 PM  Show Profile Send prixby a Private Message
Ok, *embarrassing moment alert*, if you find yourself staring at a female co-worker's ample bosom because you're trying to decide whether her beautiful feathery purple cowlneck sweater is handknit and if it uses short rows to fit her bust, you might be a knitter. (I keep waiting for her to wear the sweater again so I can ask her, but for some reason she's been avoiding me.)

prixby

Life is what happens while we're listening to music.
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jennywhite
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USA
595 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2004 :  1:47:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit jennywhite's Homepage Send jennywhite a Private Message
LOL prixby!! classic knitter moment!
If you give up going out to eat with your friends so you can buy more yarn, you might be a knitter.
If your stash takes up more room than your wardrobe, you might be a knitter.
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Licensed2Cook
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Posted - 04/10/2004 :  1:50:22 PM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
I think it's when you start imagining slipping a sweater or other knitted item on anything you happen to be looking at, a building, parking meter, tree, squirrel or whatever.

Dee
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 04/10/2004 :  3:20:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Hysterical - and I just found this website today:
http://www.bellaonline.org/Article.asp?id=755

My favorite is: When you have insomnia, you can't count sheep because the thought of all that wool gets you too excited.

But seriously I think it is a matter of self-description. It's not just knowledge of the process, or knowledge of a certain level of the process. If you choose to do it for enjoyment, for stress-release, or fun... if you see someone in the store and can tell she's wearing a handknit sweater, and ask if she made it, then explain that you're a knitter... you are.
"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 04/10/2004 :  5:47:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by jcc28

2 sticks + string x desire = knitter.



I think the main ingredient in that formula/recipe is "desire"...that leads to practice (aka 'addiction' ), which leads to proficiency!

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
http://knitsonthebus.blogspot.com
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sallyjo
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Posted - 04/10/2004 :  8:36:03 PM  Show Profile Send sallyjo a Private Message
BF says; you know you're going into withdrawal when the dust bunnies start looking attractive.

happiness is highly underrated
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gonzs
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2004 :  04:12:38 AM  Show Profile Send gonzs a Private Message
quote:
Hysterical - and I just found this website today:
http://www.bellaonline.org/Article.asp?id=755



Amie, thanks for that website. Funny! My favorite was:
You know you're a knitter (author used words "fiber fanatic") if

"Your kids are named Kaffe, Cashmere, Aran and Intarsia."

Not my quote, of course. Credit to Eva Owsian!

Sue
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MijTink
Chatty Knitter

USA
240 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2004 :  07:05:29 AM  Show Profile Send MijTink a Private Message
If you are shipwrecked and using two sticks and hemp for something other than building a fire, you might be a knitter.

Jimbo

I'm being held prisoner in a huge yarn factory. Please send help!!! Umm, er, ...in a few years or so.
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sallyjo
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USA
2401 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2004 :  3:30:54 PM  Show Profile Send sallyjo a Private Message
If you use 00DPNs in your voodoo doll, you might be a knitter.

happiness is highly underrated
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RoseByAny
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USA
12598 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2004 :  4:34:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Guilty today of this one - "if tears are streaming down your face from the very moving Easter sermon, and you're also wondering what yarn made the sweater in front of you, you might be a knitter"

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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