I spent Saturday in the company of a friend of mine - we went to the craft shop - scrapbooking, patchwork, knitting, needlework then on to the market and fish & chips by the canal in Skipton.
My friend is 70 and when she started knitting at age 6 it was out of necessity - she needed a jumper for school and there was no money to buy one. Her mother gave her a hand me down, told her to unravel the wool and showed her what to do and she has been doing it ever since. Except she hasn't - for the past 5 or 6 years there has been very little knitting. Until Saturday I hadn't really wondered why - I really wish I had because it's very simple - she no longer understands the language of knitting.
I had a pattern that I had downloaded from Ravelry and a skein of Mal Worsted. I wanted a pair of US10 Straight Knit Pros.
There is a wool shop at the end of my road - a mere five minute walk from my house. I have found it incredibly frustrating because it doesn't sell sock yarn, worsted, knit pros or Interweave Knits. They don't have a group on Ravelry nor a weekly knit night.
The Nutty Knitters have bemoaned this poor excuse for a wool shop for several years.
Not all knitters are bilingual - long live the Wool Shop.