Matt is truly one of my favorite people ever, and to spare you the sap, I will leave it at this: I’m lucky to be married to my best friend. He is my favorite person to travel with, and when we’re not collaborating on little projects, we’re playing badminton or playing our new game “Say it like Al Swearengen,” in which one of us will say something and the other person will “correct” the other person and rephrase what has just been said in the Deadwood baddie’s profanity-peppered way of speaking. When I saw this husband me-me over at Danielle’s blog, I wondered if I could get Matt to play along. And play along he did! Here is my interview with a very candid and succinct (well, at least until the end) Matt:
What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
Matt: You knit things that are beautiful.
What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
I don’t know…. Picking you up from your knitting groups.
(Fine, I’ll ride my bike next time. I just hate getting there all sweaty….)
What is something I have knitted that you recall as being good?
Oh, so many things! Let’s see…. I especially love the hats that you’ve made me.
Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
About the same as smoking weed probably. Maybe a little more.
(I am now afraid to ask the next question, but here goes.) Do you have any hobbies?
Yes. Gardening, capoeira.
Has my knitting in public ever embarrassed you?
Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
(Not really a kind of yarn so much as a brand, but I’ll take it!)
Can you name another knit blog?
The Yarn Harlot ’cause it has the word “harlot” in it.
Do you mind that I want to check out yarn stores everywhere we go?
It’s annoying sometimes, but marriage is about compromise so it’s not that bad.
(Now I feel bad that I don’t go to more capoeira events.)
Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
(That’s okay because I can’t even recall the last time that I swatched for something.)
Do you read knotty bits?
Have you ever left a comment?
I think so.
(I think you did in its previous incarnation, but not so far. Not that I’m checking or anything.)
Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn’t knit?
Anything you’d like to add?
I’m happy that you enjoy knitting so much and I think it’s pretty cool that you are carrying on this obsolete technology and handcraft.
You know what I mean…. Tradition.
You know, anyone can go to Target and pick up a machine knit scarf, but you would rather make this beautiful thing by hand. I like that.
Thanks, Matt, for being a good sport and playing along, albeit in a fashion that would make Saul Silver and Dale Denton proud. Also, huge thanks to Matt for going to Rhinebeck with me three years in a row, and for planning on our fourth trip there this October, for all the fiber festivals and knitty encounters, for driving me to yarn shops to look for more yarn with which to finish a project, for curling up on the couch with me to play video games while I knit, for encouraging me to go to knit nights and meet other local knitters, and for picking me up from those knit nights, even if he grumbles a bit about it. I will not even speak of how he encouraged me to buy more at the NH Sheep & Wool than I had originally intended, what with all the cashmere petting and, “Ooooooh, you should totally get this. It’s JJ colored.” Matt, you rock.