I opened the PDF and began scrolling through its pages with increasing alarm – there were written out instructions, but no charts?! Once the document had fully loaded, though, sure enough – there were my charts, right after the written instructions.
I sat back, cast on, and happily breezed through the first three charts. And then I realized – I’ve become one of THOSE knitters. One who works more easily from charts than from written directions. One who appreciates the visual logic and simplicity of a tidy grid, versus a cryptic string of letters and numbers.
Then I realized it’s not just the charts.
I extol the virtues of Malabrigo to random strangers.
I have a swift and ball-winder set up in my craft room (I have a craft room) and it never comes down. Except when I take it on vacation with me, in case I need it (which, more often than not, I do).
I knit on a sock while waiting in line at the bank.
I reverse-engineer not only stitch patterns, but entire garments. In my head. For fun.
I see a problem in the real world and think not, “How can I fix this?” but “How can I fix this with knitting?“.
ONE OF THOSE KNITTERS.
And I’ll completely understand if no one ever wants to be seen in public with me ever again. I promise.