Does knitting count as a religion? Or perhaps as exercise?

Hello yarn & fibre-lovers & -crafters

And so we enter another phase of lockdown, albeit a different version of the same phase. It is starting to get a bit confusing trying to keep up with minor changes and what’s new. In version 1 of lockdown level 3, I recall getting very excited that places of worship would be allowed to reopen, with a maximum capacity of 50 worshippers. I immediately thought that this was the right time and perfect reason for Yarmies to become a religion.

Religion?…

Please don’t gasp in horror, or laugh in disdain (I’m sure you were. Under different circumstances, I would have, too). But desperate times call for desperate measures. And I’m desperately missing my Yarmies friends – socialising and chatting, sharing and laughing, staying sane. It seemed the most logical loophole to explore.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster – deity of the Pastafarians… Wikipedia.org

There are weirder registered religions… Have you heard of Pastafarianism? They worship at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who created the universe with His Noodley Appendages. Truly. As they say, “Thy Noodle Come — Thy Sauce Be Yum — R’Amen”. 

It was originally believed to be a parody religion (wonder how the Pastafarians felt about that). But an article in The Guardian last year describes their fight for recognition. So it’s not too much of a stretch of the imagination to consider a yarn & fibre-crafting religion of some sort.

When I mentioned this to the Yarmies as an option for a legitimate way to meet up, there was an enthusiastic response. For the name of our church, we came up with “Church of the Blessed Fibre” (Kerry) and “Church of the Chosen Woven” (Yewande). But, I assume that there is an immense amount of admin and paperwork required to register a new religion, not limited to only writing up commandments and a gospel. And who has time for that when there’s so much knitting to be done (*replace with crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting, etc. both here and in all further mentions of “knitting”). Seriously, though, we had a great laugh at the idea and enjoyed a bit of banter. It’s not as if there’s been too much to laugh about in the past few months. And us yarnies really do seem to worship our stash.

…or exercise?

Then version 2 of lockdown level 3 was announced. And now we are permitted to exercise together in groups of no more than four. No paperwork, people! Hence the inevitable question of whether or not knitting (crocheting etc. see above *) counts as exercise. In my opinion, hell yes! My arms would put a wrestler to shame. Seriously, not really, unless flab is something to strive for. But this would mean limiting our group to only four at a time, which just wasn’t going to cut it. So we will wait until lockdown legitimately allows for small gatherings, but continue to joke about it until then.

Lockdown WIPs

In the meantime, I got about halfway with Cait’s matric dance Whisper Wrap by Purl Soho (in Hartlam Sutherland Lace colour way The Mystic) before I got the inspired thought to put it in hibernation until we could see it with the goddess dress. So, finally, I started my “Find Your Fade” by Andrea Mowry. I received the pattern as a gift from SallyisTM 2 years ago and bought the yarn this time last year. It was about time, and I’m really enjoying it.

We were finally able to collect the goddess dress recently and Cait still looks and feels like a goddess in it. We hope she’ll still have the chance to wear it this year. Unfortunately, the wrap looks way too washed out to do the dress justice. So the yarn will be repurposed for something else, along with the other two matching skeins. Enough for a lace-weight sweater. I do like sweaters that are over-sized or have a lot of positive ease. Any suggestions? 

My Find Your Fade is about halfway (or more?) as well. I’ve just started colour E. The yarn I bought is One of a Kind Yarns Solasta (the same yarn base as African Expressions Soul) in a slightly unusual progression of colours compared to what is recommended. I cannot wait to finish it and see the final result. I hope it works out. 

Project Plans

Over the weekend I decided that as soon as my Find Your Fade is done (sooner than soon! I’ve promised myself), I’m starting the Black Thorn Sweater by our very own Lily Turner of Wishbone Yarn. For the main colour, I bought a sweater quantity of Hartlam St Lucia Sock in colour way Spaced Out. I’ll use Wet Elephant from my stash for the contrast colour. Not quite the natural shades of Wishbone yarns, but I’m willing to try something a bit different.

It was a toss up between the Black Thorn Sweater and Gold Wing by Jennifer Steingass of knit.love.wool. But this one is next on my list, using Cowgirlblues merino DK (because I don’t have sweater quantities of fingering or DK in my stash and not because I’m willy nilly stash enhancing). Colourways still to be decided but I’m leaning towards Charcoal and Celadon. 

Other goings on

I’ve been “entertained” by my cats finding voles, bringing them into the house and then losing them, and my poor husband trying to find them to release them back outside again.

My dad came to stay for three weeks after a hip replacement surgery, so that kept me quite busy. Eye opening, because that’ll be me at some point in the next few years, if I can postpone it with physio for as long as possible.

I’m really excited that I got to collect my finished yarn bowl from Yarn at ZelLé today. I absolutely love it! Unfortunately it doesn’t photograph as well as it looks in real life. If Shiela does more workshops there, I’d highly recommend it. Her guidance and assistance were superb. There is something highly satisfying about having painted it myself.

 

I’m reading a Kindle book called “The Fear Hunter” by Elise Sax. I’ve decided Elise has got to be a knitter (see *), or at the very least friends with one. For starters, she refers to “yarn” and not wool which is absolutely something only knitters (again see *) know – that yarn is the blanket term for anything from animal fibres to plant fibres and acrylic. She also writes about a group of knitters that meet up regularly in her protagonist’s soup (+ coffee and baked goods) shop to chat, laugh and ruminate on serious stuff, as knitters are inclined to do, or not, as the mood strikes. And she has a Punk Rock Knitting Championship as an interlude. I’ll definitely be reading the remainder of the series. It’s been a relaxed and easy read, light, entertaining and fun. Perfect for lockdown. 

I do hope you’ve been keeping safe, healthy and sane during this time, and getting your knit, crochet, weave, spin or felt on! Sending a smushy hug your way.

Yours in yarn & fibre

Bx

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