Knitting is Like Baseball (or Baseball is Like Knitting)

In an earlier post I wondered why people who love playing Guitar Hero (which I mistakenly called Garageband) just don’t learn to play real instruments?  I asked Thor (himself an accomplished musician and composer), and he thinks it’s because learning to play a real instrument is harder than pretending to be musician and playing a fake instrument.

Indeed, I remember the days of yore when my then-boyfriend played rock star using, variously, brooms, mops and even the shoulder strap of seat belts as his guitar.  He never had a music lesson in his life, couldn’t find middle C on a piano, was tone deaf but would enthusiastically sing along with every rock song that he heard.  Admittedly, he always sang in a different key than the group he was singing with.  He loved to “rock out” dancing but seemed to follow a beat that was not the same one followed by the band.  He attended my daughter’s wedding and there proceeded to dance just about every song – with as much enthusiasm as I remembered from 30 years ago, though I don’t remember him sweating so much.  At one point he came up to me, grabbed my hand and tried to pull me onto the dance floor.  I declined, remembering his dancing skills from the ‘70s.  (Besides, his wife always gives me the ol’ stink eye.)

Okay, you’re probably wondering what baseball has to do with all of this.  Remember this line from “A League of Their Own” – said by the Tom Hanks character to the Gina Davis character when she was thinking of dropping out of the baseball league:

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

In that way, knitting is like baseball!”

So hats off to new (and accomplished) knitters!

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About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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6 Responses to Knitting is Like Baseball (or Baseball is Like Knitting)

  1. Ahhh, been there! From your blog, it is clear you are quite the creative knitter. I found that as long as I jot down every “change” (e.g., increase, decrease, etc.) to my designs then I can get interrupted. It’s when I think “Oh, I’ll remember what I did …” (yeah right) that problems arise! So I started a wire bound book for my knitting notes next to me when I knit. I am now trying to get used to using the iPad for just the same thing.

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  2. Maybe for me it’s the frustration of going along fine and then I hear one of my little one’s say, “mama! Mama!….” Then when I focus on what they are saying, handle their situation and focus again on knitting, I’ve made a mistake. lol I need to learn to knit and mother at the same time!

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  3. I forgot about the “There’s no crying …!” 🙂 I can’t remember having ever cried in knitting, but I do remember ripping things out in frustration

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  4. Cheryl Marie says:

    A ball of yarn, a couple of sticks, a baseBALL and a stick – I see even more similarities here 🙂

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  5. I thought for sure you were going to say, “THERE’S NO CRYING IN KNITTING!!!!”

    I have often come to tears trying to figure out some intricate stitch pattern and gotten frustrated. Knit and messed up, go back several rows and knit again. When I finally get the pattern down- HOME RUN!!!!

    Funny post!

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