Friday, March 30, 2012

The Loops Troops SKIP out.

At Loops, we know there exist many "fair weather knitters." In the winter, they love to curl up with their wool and needles by the fire. But come spring, they head outside into the beautiful green world and leave their needles to gather dust, sad and forgotten on a shelf or worse yet, lost in the cushion of the couch.

Quel dommage! (bear with me - sometimes these old phrases from high school French come bubbling up in my brain before the English)... What a shame! These poor fair weather folks are missing out on the many joys of spring and summer knitting. The linen. The silk. The cotton. The poolside knitting. And my favorite: The absence of sleeves.

So yesterday, I issued a challenge to the Troops called SKIP: Springtime Knitting in Public.

The mission: Sometime during the day, take a photo of yourself knitting in public. The reward: Prize for the best photo. Not all were able to rise to the challenge (it was a very short deadline, after all, and many were working at the shops). But many others came through with flying colors.

Cassidy was first, with this great shot of her knitting The Age of Brass and Steam in Berroco Linsey. She is at Café Olé, my fave Tulsa Mexican place. Yes, that's a margarita. And no, I won't tell you what time this picture was taken. But she sure looks to be enjoying her SKIP.

Gina Y was SKIPPING out at Starbuck's, in her favorite corner. She's making a pair of socks using her basic sock pattern she developed for Loops.

Here is Emily at a dress rehearsal break for the University of Tulsa's opera workshop performance, where she is one of the pianists they hired for the semester! She's working on a Flyleaf Shawl in Ella Rae Lace Merino for the class she's teaching soon at Loops.

It seems that the Loops Troops like to pamper themselves a bit on their day off. Here is Jane, multitasking while getting a pedicure. She's making a Foghorn Sweater from the Lighthouse Book in Classic Elite Seedling.

And here are Pat and Gina H, attempting a SKIP with a high degree of difficulty: Horizontal knitting while getting a massage from our friends at Ihloff Salon. My, look at all the attention they're getting! It looks like that iconic scene with Dorothy and the lion from Wizard of Oz.

But then, whenever you knit (or crochet) in public, you're sure to get lots of attention.

And that is the true point of this post: Get out... Enjoy the gorgeous weather... And don't forget your knitting! Because when you stitch in public, people notice. When they notice, they often decide to take it up themselves. And when that happens, you can send them right in to your favorite LYS (or online to your favorite web LYS).

And when that happens, all the Loops Troops say, "Thanks!!!"

So why not SKIP out today?

- Shelley
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