Tumblr has been a fun vacation and has kicked my posting habit back up. Thanks for the treat; it’s time to head back home.
“Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you.” There are a lot of people in the yarn and knitting world who inspire me.
My amazing friend Phoebe, who can spin her own fibre and knit a sweater without a pattern, is at the top of the list.
Every person with the guts to start an Etsy shop, selling his or her own wares to the public, and Dona of Yarntopia, who started a bricks and mortar shop in New York City.
Lovely bloggers who share glimpses of their lives along with stories about their craft — ladies like Anne of Knitspot, Karie of The Fourth Edition, Saffron formerly of Mooncalf Makes, Mimi of Eskimimi Makes (the founder of international Knit and Crochet Blog Week), and Tami of Tami’s Amis.
But the people who most surprise me, the ones who inspire me quietly and gently, often without either of us noticing it, are the Subway Knitters of New York City. The women and men who go about their days with a project bag secreted about their person, knitting needles ready to be taken up at a moment’s notice. They’ll tuck themselves into corner seats, perch against center poles, brace themselves against doors, or effortlessly surf, stealing moments from their “wasted” commutes to create something beautiful, comforting, silly, or sweet.
I’ve always been a little bit in love with the lives of ordinary people, and nothing makes me feel quite as close to that as pulling out my own project bag and my own set of tiny DPNs, and smiling at the knitter across the car.
This is another post for the third annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week series. If you’re so inclined, you can read about other participants’ knitting heroes, too.