Friday, May 31, 2013


I am fascinated by people’s different points of view. I thought of it today at my knit and crochet group. We always show off what we’re working on and I held up the cream colored shawl I’m making on circular needles. I have been spending more time knitting lately as I am working on the shawl pattern to be included in Silence of the Lambs Wool
One of the women commented on the fact I was using circular needles. I guess they call them circular needles because you can knit in the round with them, but you can also use them for straight knitting. Instead of having two long needles that the work passes back and forth to, circular needles are one continuous piece. There is a short pointing piece at each end with a cable connecting them.

I love circular needles. I find them easier to work with. There is much less chance my work will fall off the needle because when I’m not knitting I just push the work onto the cable part. If you have a big project like a shawl that goes across rather than the long way, I find it easier to fit all those stitches on circular needles rather than try to cram the whole thing on one needle.

I will acknowledge there are short comings, well, just one as far as I’m concerned. When you begin a new row you have to be careful that you start with the right needle. If you don’t your work ends up in the round whether you want it that way or not.

Anyway, the woman in our group is a much more accomplished knitter than I am and said she doesn’t like circular needles at all. It seems impossible to me because I think they are so much better. But it’s all really opinion. Mine.

It’s a little bit the same with knitting and crochet in our group. Most of us are on one side or the other. The knitters seem to find crochet terribly complicated, while I think just the opposite. Crochet is more forgiving when it comes to mistakes. You can just rip out the stitches with no special talent. It is easier to see what you’ve got with crochet because the work isn’t scrunched up on a needle You can hold a crochet piece up and decide if you want to make it bigger much more easily. At least that is what I think, or my opinion.

I am a vegetarian in a family of meat eaters. You could find arguments to support either of our sides. I keep it simple. My diet works for me. Theirs works for them. It is sometimes hard, but I think that if you want people to respect your opinion, you have to do the same for theirs.

It seems like right is a subjective word.


Linda O. Johnston said...

Differing points of view is part of the fun of being a writer as well as a person, Betty--at least in my POV! It's fun knowing there are people on your side in some things but not in others. Makes for good conflict in stories, too.

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda, what fascinates me is that people on both sides of an issue think they're right.

Planner said...

But, crocheting IS easier than knitting. That's a fact. Just ask Adele!

Betty Hechtman said...

Planner, I agree with you, but I think that is just our opinion.