Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Thoughts about my Spouse Who Also Knits (SWAK)

Meg has already written a treatise on the subject, but I was asked to weigh in as well. So here it goes.

Spare Time
Pro: Free time is often spent quietly on the couch together, working on our respective projects, listening to music, and enjoying each other's company though not saying a word. Quite meditative and fun.

Con: Unfortunately this is a little too easy to do, so we don't end up spending much time doing other things together... like housework.

Road Trips
Pro: I usually end up doing most of the weekend driving in the relationship. This works well, as I seem to enjoy it more than Meg. It is nice, however, on longer trips to be able to break up the driving a bit and give myself a bit of extra time to knit.

Con: When I am in the passenger seat knitting, I'm usually thinking about how I am taking away from Meg's knitting time. Crazy, I know, and not really fair to myself. But there you go.

Family Dynamics
Pro: Grandmother is ecstatic that we both knit, and Mom thinks it's pretty neat.

Con: Somehow it really pisses my brother off.


LaurieM said...

Hmm... my husband doesn't knit and somehow it still feels like there wasn't enough housework completed at the end of the weekend. I propose that this has nothing to do with knitting.

As for family dynamics, I'm surprised that pissing your brother off is listed as a con. I have two boys, aged 10 and 12 and they would seriously consider that a pro. Maybe I can hope they will outgrow this attitude?

meg said...

During the holidays, when we sit around and watch movies, and the Fool and I try to sneak a few rows in, his brother starts yelling about sweatshops. He also made the Fool (in the passenger seat) put his knitting away once because he found it distracting while he was driving.

anne marie in philly said...

perhaps the fool's brother is not as secure in his masculinity as the fool is....

just sayin.

PS - the pumpkin cake is fabu!

Knitting Rose said...

I think pissing off your brother should be a Pro - it would definitely be a bonus at my house! My DH knits but isn't as rabid about it as I. He does understand all terminology and the need for stash. he can even use words like "gauge" and "Frogging" properly in public. He has impressed many a knitting group with his knowledge. I love it. Probably the fact that we live in Texas & his nickname is the Big Texan makes it even more impressive though...
I love that he completely 'gets' my knitting. You two are lucky souls to have found one another.

meg said...

Hey Anne Marie - glad you like the cake.

Aprilynne said...

What do sweat shops have to do with knitting? I can see not wanting to BE a knitter, but feeling angry over someone else being one is.... um... very confusing. At least it's a constructive pursuit.

It's cool that you two have knitting in common, I would love for my guy to take up knitting, but it's not too likely, but he's really a great supporter of my knitting - anything to calm me down! =)

The Purloined Letter said...

My spouse (and 7yo son) knits too--and you are so right that the big problem is that there is no one to do the dishes and the laundry. Instead, all our evenings are fires in the fireplace, books on tape in the tape recorder, and three people on the couch with needles in our hands.