This morning, as I lay supine in the dental chair, I chatted with my hygienist about knitting. The ability to understand a dental patient mid-cleaning is some sort of hygienist superpower. I don’t know how she understood me, but she did.
While waiting for my appointment, I had been working on a pair of color work Squirrelly Mittens.
“I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit,” she said. “My mom and my grandmother always used to knit big blankets.”
I went into immediate knit-vocate mode.
“I bet you could learn to knit,” I declared. “Look at all those fine motor skills you have as a hygienist. Those would probably transfer to knitting.”
My hygienist looked thoughtful and we talked about fiber arts a bit more, before the conversation was arrested by a Today Show story on the overhead TV. (George Clooney had gotten married over the weekend. An NBC reporter lay in wait along a Venetian canal for the happy couple to float by on their way to an appointment at the registry office. I couldn’t help commenting that this sort of reporting was probably not the reason he had gone to journalism school.)
What do you think, readers? How transferable are other types of fine motor skills to knitting?