Last week I was on my second annual art week in Maine. As usual, I brought several knitting projects never knowing which project will peak my fancy. And of the five or so projects I brought I ended up knitting…socks, or rather a sock to be more specific. It clearly was not a heavy knitting week for me. And while generally I would consider myself to be a fairly constant (read: obsessive) knitter sometimes it just works out that way. A short break (I emphasize “short” as I’m in the yarn business, you know) isn’t always a bad thing, to rest your wrists, recharge your creativity and rebuild your enthusiasm.
There are some people, whoever, for whom knitting is the equivalent of breathing, except maybe more important. One such woman would be a shop owner that I met last week in Maine. Bernard, ME to be exact. The shop is called Fernandes’ Gifts and it looks like your basic trinket shop that time forgot from the outside. But when you enter you find it stocked floor to ceiling with handknits (and some crochet): everything from booties to Christmas stockings to hats and mittens. Also sweaters in all sizes from newborn to adult male. There wasn’t a whole lot of ingenuity to the sweaters, they were all pullovers with a lobster motif on the front but they were in every size and every color.
And here’s the kicker: everything in this store had been knit by two sisters. EVERYTHING. I was flabbergasted. I said to the proprietress that she must knit in her sleep to which she responded that she does fall asleep knitting and actually keeps knitting in sort of a somnambulistic state until the fact that she is asleep reaches her hands. Number one, I couldn’t imagine knitting the same things over and over (and over) again, but some people like the relaxing repetitiveness of it (ergo, the falling asleep while knitting syndrome). Number two, THE SHEER QUANTITY PEOPLE!!! I’ve never seen anything like it. It made me feel like a piker, I can tell you.