Stephanie's book Knitting Rules has many ways to help define the type of knitter you are. From a marketing standpoint, this is a dream come true. So many ways to segment the growing knitting market. From a 'know yourself' standpoint, it's quite fun to take all the various quizes throughout the book. Here are some of my results:
What is your level of knitting obsession? [pg.16]
Why was I a non-knitter for fifty years? The five reasons given on page 13 really don't fit for me. I avoiding knitting to avoid being obsessed by knitting. If I was obsessed by knitting how could I weave? I figure one can only be obsessed by one thing at a time. I was a bit nervous taking the 'what is your level of knitting obsession' quiz. But I felt content with the results.
The results indicated that I am the 'scientist' - identified by the stuff in my knitting bag. Yes - -I will admit that my knitting bag has a calculator, some graph paper, a few excel spread sheets and a list of my knitting yarn stash. What's wrong with that? At least, after three months I have not risen to the level of 'stalking other people to stare at their sweaters'. Hmmm... Theresa was wearing a lovely knitted sweater at the last Guild meeting...
There was quite a discussion about one's yarn stash...
What do you say when someone says, "You sure have a lot of yarn."? [pg. 29]
I went for a modified response 5: "What? What yarn? These are my chihuahuas." My response to a similar question regarding my weaving stash has always been..."oh, I am allergic to wool". [note to self: I must remember to take a picture of my weaving stash.]
There is the quiz regarding a "yarn diet" for your stash - - do you need to lose a few pounds ? [pg. 34]
My answers were mostly 'A' meaning I should get to the yarn store right away. I now know that in comparison to most of you knitters out there, I have nothing in my knitting stash. In fact, I am still one of those oddities who must first have a knitting project before buying some knitting yarn. [Although I have next to nothing with respect to my knitting yarns... my weaving yarn stash is an entirely different matter.]
For those marketers out there, here are other ways that the knitting world is segmented:
* I gauge...others do and some do not.
* Like Martha, I put my patterns in plastic protectors, others have piles...no one tosses...
* I do not wear hats and rarely a sock...
* I use circular needles...others will duel you for the straight ones
* I am in the 'scarf stage' of knitting and may never leave except for an occasional leap to sculptural knitting...
*And as for sweaters I think I'll avoid that knitting 'black hole phenomenon'...for now.
Read the book - its fun! [PS. there is also actual knitting content inside too- - like gauge tables, burn tables, helpful hints on sweaters, socks, scarves and other stuff.]
WARNING TO WEAVERS: Do not idlely ask the question "Which is better straight or circular needles?" to a group of knitters. Expect a response similar to this question asked of a group of weavers "What is the better way to warp - front to back or back to front." Either way - the noise is deafening.