I recently saw Fanni Flagg's book Standing in the Rainbow at the library. I had read two of her other books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I thought I'd pick this one up. Chapter Two is called Neighbor Dorothy and this got my attention:
"In the late 1920s and early 1930s, as more and more electric lines were strung down county roads to the farmhouses, the long, lonely days of isolated farmwives living far away from their nearest neighbors were suddenly filled with warm and friendly voices. They were the voices of other women coming into their homes via the radio. As early as 1924, women all over the Midwest known as 'radio homemakers' began broadcasting, supplying the wives with new recipes, tips for raising children, household hints, gardening advice, local news, and entertainment, but most important, a daily visit from a friend."
It hit me that knit bloggers are the radio homemakers of today. We share patterns and recipes, share knitting advice (or in my case, ask for it), and show pictures of our gardens. In the story, when "Neighbor Dorothy" recommends a new book she has read, it starts selling better than ever because so many people listen to her and buy the book. Doesn't that sound like what's happening with Mason-Dixon Knitting and dishcloth cotton?
But as the quote says, the most important part of knit blogging is the "daily visit from a friend." Each knit blogger is a real person with real families, real problems, real joys. I think about my blog friends each day and look forward to hearing what they have to say. Will Kate's dog get into more of her yarn? What funny thing will Annie say tonight? What delicious things are Caitlyn, Geraldine, and Katie cooking today? Is the hurricane going to hit Christy or Patricia? Did Patti decide to lengthen the straps on her cami? And so on... Even if I haven't mentioned someone here, for each blog I read, I wonder what the person is up to and how they are doing.
I can't imagine how isolated a farm wife would have felt, but I can imagine how isolated an obsessed knitter feels. :) Like the radio broadcasts of the past, blogging helps keep us all connected. I'll sign off the way "Neighbor Dorothy" does in the book: This is Beth, from my house to yours, saying have a good day.