Casting on: a.k.a. Don’t Talk About the Baby

A couple of months after I had my oldest, I went out with a group of my friends that didn’t have kids yet. I remember thinking to myself throughout the night, “Don’t talk about the baby. Don’t talk about the baby.” I was paranoid that I would bore my non-parent friends to tears by turning every conversation topic back to newborn sleep schedules and colic. So I spent the night trying to hold it in and think of something, anything else. But the truth is, all I really wanted to talk about was newborn sleep schedules and colic. (Which, if you’re currently experiencing colic in your family, my condolences. I promise, you will one day emerge from this fresh hell).

That is kind of how I feel about knitting these days. I started knitting just to try something new in December 2019. I have knit at least a little bit almost every single day since then. I made my first sweater, and it fit! I successfully learned German short row shaping. I turned the heel on my first pair of socks! And if that’s not magic, I don’t know what is. And what I have come to realize is that it’s really hard to share these things with non-knitters. As much as I want to talk about my projects, I have to remind myself that not everyone can get genuinely excited about a really tight join while knitting in the round, or eliminating those tiny holes under the arms in a top-down sweater.

This blog is my attempt to give my non-knitter friends a break and share with like-minded people who get it. Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

Sunday Sweater and Anker’s Summer Shirt both by PetiteKnit

Published by knotfancyknitter

I love knitting, books, dogs, and kids - not necessarily in that order. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “Casting on: a.k.a. Don’t Talk About the Baby

  1. I just discovered your blog, and absolutely share your excitement about knitting! As a relatively new knitter I have had exactly the same experience of trying really hard not to talk about knitting but all I’m thinking about is my knitting; it’s been like falling in love and being obsessed with the person all the time, but much more fun and with yarn! Looking forward to reading through your blog, you write really well about it all!

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