Thursday, January 30, 2014

My not so secret addiction



 By Mary Jane Maffini  aka Victoria Abbott


    It’s happening again! My knitting addiction is taking over. I believed I was over all that. I thought I could handle it in small doses. You know:  Hats. Scarves. Social knitting. Take it or leave it. That kind of thing.  But I am only fooling myself. Soon I will be as bad as I’ve ever been.  


 













It’s just a matter of time before I’m getting up in the middle of the night to do just a few stitches.  Being disappointed that I don’t have to wait at the doctor’s office because I have brought ‘a little project’. Inserting knitting comments and pix into unrelated blog posts. Reaching out of the shower to pick up a conveniently located skein of yarn and needles (coincidentally resting on a towel) to ‘just finish this row’. But wait, with the right techniques you can knit in the bathtub, without reaching out and getting the floor all wet. No problem at all.



Then there's the secret side of things, common to many addictions. Hiding the 
evidence in a sofa where someone could be impaled.  Buying ‘turbo’ needles, just in case. Making sure that bills from yarn stores never reach the house.

Where will it end? Knitting and driving?  Hanging out with other addicted knitters in furtive ‘stitch ‘n bitch’ groups?  Blowing the retirement savings on Peruvian yarn?

That’s what I fear about my knitting:  it’s the hobby where one stitch is too many and a thousand not enough.


My DH appears to be an enabler.  “Oh were you knitting? That’s nice. Didn’t notice.” 

Okay, that’s me with my embarrassing revelation. What’s your secret addiction?   I'm hoping it's knitting, but even if it's not, let's hear it!

24 comments:

Bernie said...

Is there something wrong with a knitting addiction? If so, should I join you in a 12 stitch pattern repeat program for Knitters Anonymous?

And please share your hints for knitting in the bath, haven't mastered that one, or being able to knit and drive at the same time.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

My addiction is reading all the wonderful cozies I get. I'm a slow reader but seem to want to read all the time instead of doing housework. Yesterday I had cataract surgery and the first thing I did was to see if I could still read without glasses..(I had it done for distance) Well, so far so good. I can see in great already and it will get better they say. Perhaps Xray? The other eye needs to be done too but can wait a while. So maybe I am reading with that eye but either way, I can still read. Perhaps I'll need reading glasses in the end. As long as I can read, that is all that counts. And, of course, drive I'll be happy.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Bernie. Please join me in a 12 step. Of course, all the steps will be knitting patterns, but still. I foresee a useful handbook with tips for knitting in bed in the dark without waking up your partner. That kind of thing.

Hugs,
MJ

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Congrats on your successful surgery, Diane! My hubby had it a few months ago and within a week, life was improved. He can now drive in the night. This is a marvelous surgery. Hope you can read without glasses. Enjoy those cozies.

Hugs,

MJ

mary kennedy said...

MJ, that's a good addiction to have. I think my addiction is to chocolate! Maybe I need a 12 step program.

Lynda said...

My additction is rescuing every feline I come across (and other injured wildlife from time to time). I once had my 2 inside cats, 4 foster kittens from the shelter, 7 outside strays/ferals, and then I took in 12 stray kittens. My friends and family think (not without merit) that I am totally insane. The were thinking about having an intervention. But I eventually found homes for the fosters and the 12 strays, so they think my insanity is over. But I still foster and the addiction remains just below the surface - never really going away. But my way of looking at it is that it's an addiction that saves lives, so I am not going to even try to get treatment. However, I will try not to end up with 16 inside cats at once again - but no guarantees.

Nancy said...

You've got it bad, alright. I hadn't knit for about 14 years, then picked up a skein of yarn and needles a couple of weeks ago, thinking to finish a scarf I had cast on and done a few rows of. I was quite rusty and twice had to rip a few inches out, but now I'm clicking away. My daughter is a knitting expert in my opinion, while I'm content to turn out yards of scarves and afghans, but I find it so soothing to knit and purl.

Shelley Giusti said...

I used to be an avid knitter, everywhere I went I would knit , then my bestie moved away and it became less. Well we visited her in December and had the best time and not my knitting addiction is kicking in again and I am thankful for that. I am listening to podcast and knitting socks.1 by the way I love the yarn in the picture, what are you making with it?

Barbara said...

Mine is reading. Well at least I have an excuse since I review books for publishers, book tours, and occasionally an author. Now to convince my husband I should spend so much time on something I don't get paid for except in copies of the books.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Sounds like a purr-fect addiction, Lynda. And such good work. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Scarves are to most addictive of all, Nancy. And it is so soothing.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Hi Shelley: I love that yarn too. Washable wool. I am making a sweater for Victoria Maffini, the other half of Victoria Abbott.

Like you, I enjoy knitting and doing other things, listening or watching TV.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Barbara - that is the best addiction and how lovely that you get books for review.
You can tell your husband that you could be buying all those books ...

Hugs, MJ

Liz Straw said...

I actually have a bumper sticker (never put in on a vehicle - long, long story) that says "Don't Knit and Drive"
Had a picture of my hands in the paper once as I was teaching a sock knitting class and the only real comment that ever stuck with me was "yep, those are knitter's hands." I have a yarn stash that seems to grow and since I started writing and no longer have television I find it harder to knit. Waiting for those warm spring and summer evenings when I can sit on my front porch.

Rachelle21 said...

I'm a bookaholic; Buying and reading books. The problem is bookaholics do not want to quit!

The Library Lady said...

I don't knit BUT I love the talent, craftsmanship and artistry that goes into knitting. The Director here at our library (Emily Taber Public Library, MacClenny Florida) knits. She knitted me a shawl a couple of years ago. I love it. I treasure it.

My hobby - READING. I do love my grandchildren (6 of them) BUT.....

You would think I get enough of books working in a library. Not so.

I just found this blog. Where have I been? Reading. A patron told me about it. Amazingly, it was a women's fiction writer than I had converted to Cozy. Now how cozy is that.

I love this blog. I'm glad you're here and sharing. B-T-W : Tonight's Read: The Sayers swindle.

Diane
The Library Lady

The Library Lady said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you. I buy tons of books a year and donate to the library that I work for BECAUSE our County is in a deep money crunch. Last year they cut our budget by $10,000 and then this year (new year began Oct 1) - our book budget was cut in half. So every though I would love to keep the books I purchase, I want others to read and enjoy so I donate them back to us.

Diane
The Library Lady

Susan L. said...

My secret addiction should be (I guess) obvious. Well, actually I have two. One is cozy mysteries (especially culinary mysteries) and Agatha Christie mysteries. The other is food and cooking. I have always wanted to knit and crochet. Oddly enough, my brother-in-law tried to teach me how to crochet. I can chain stitch for miles, but when it comes time for that second row I can't keep the tension even.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am very jealous about that bumper sticker, Liz! I love to knit in front of the TV so I get it. Summer in the porch? Absolutely.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

And why should they quit, Rachelle21? Books are good. I am happy for you.

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thank you, Diane! I am so glad that you are reading The Sayers Swindle. My happiest days were working in the public library. Glad to get to know you.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That is so lovely to hear, Diane. Very kind of you to donate the books. So sorry to hear about the money crunch.

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for sharing, Susan L. You have wonderful addictions. Congrats!

Hugs,

MJ

Aurian said...

We can't have you knitting away all the time MJ, you need to be writing more books for your loyal readers ;) Is this a winter hobby, or really all year round itch in your hands to pick up those needles?
For me, it is just reading, and buying more and more books.