Even more impressive was a section on this site dedicated to haikus about knitting. While the translations aren't in accord with haiku metrics, the transliterations are. Topics range from lyrical evocations of the natural world--
The full wool skeins in the shops tell the autumn has come
Autumn winds always drift me into yarn shops
to the psychologically weird:
Didn't you praise the botchy scarf knitted by the young girl?
How can you give the cold to my paramount sweater?
(Secretly, I turned over your new hand-knitted scarf.
Did you know how happy I was when I found a brand-label on it?)
Of course all knitters are aware of the poetry of knitting--the rhythm, the coloration, the textures, the intricacy or simplicity, the repetition, the introduction at the beginning of every project undertaken, the closure when the last row is bound off. Therefore I decided, in the spirit of knitting's inherent poeticism, to sponsor a contest to find the poem that best captures the essence of knitting. AND, there will be prizes!
The Poetry of Knitting Contest:
Entry Rules and Requirements:
1. Entrants may submit up to three original poems about knitting before the contest deadline of August 31, 2010. Poems must be submitted by email to the email address under my photo on the View My Complete Profile section of this blog, Knitting New England (www.knittingnewengland.blogspot.com). Please paste the poems onto the email; those sent by email attachment will not be opened.
2. Poems must be in English, or if written in another language, an English translation must be provided.
3. Poems may be of any length, in any style or form--haiku, epic, sonnet, triolet, sestina, free verse, blank verse, ottava rima, whatever.
4. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded.
- First prize: My personal copy of Sweaters from New England Sheep Farms by Candace Eisner Strick (Down East Books, 1999).
- Second Prize: My personal copy of Woolly Thoughts: How to Unlock Your Creative Genius by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer (Souvenir Press, 1994)
- Third Prize: My personal copy of Spam-ku: Tranquil Reflections on Luncheon Loaf, by John Nagamichi Cho (Harper Perennial, 1998).
And best of all, the prize poems will all be published on this blog during the fall of 2010!
So, gentle readers, what are you waiting for? Get inspired and get writing!
I think that I shall never see
A sweater knitted just for me.
For tho' I knit much every day
I give my knitted stuff away.