I started playing golf three years ago. I was obsessed!!! I went to the club two or three times every week to practice during lunch. I played nine holes with the beginning ladies on Friday mornings and often played another eighteen holes with Bob that afternoon. We played on Saturdays and Sundays. It was so much fun! I never took it too seriously which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
The next summer, Bob and I were too busy at work to even think about playing golf. I was designing our first set of Knit Picks yarns and traveling around to factories. It was such a crazy time!
I now know that last summer's lack of energy was the result of my needing a hysterectomy. Looking back, it was frustrating to be in such bad shape I couldn't even walk nine holes with Bob let alone actually try to play. Well, this afternoon I took my cobweb draped golf clubs out of the garage and dropped them off at the club. Now they will always be ready for me to practice or play on a whim. I set tee-times for tomorrow and Sunday for Bob and I.
But what does any of this have to do with knitting?
Our golf course is a relatively flat course so the majority of people walk it as they play. I think that is why I fell in love with golf so completely. The experience is like spending four hours in a beautiful park. Occasionally I have to whack at a little ball but that hardly matters. The walking also means you are by yourself a lot. Once everyone hits their tee shots, each person walks off to find their own ball. You aren't hopping in and out of a cart with the requisite chatting. You get back together on the green for putting and then it's off to the next hole. As I wait for my playing partners to hit their ball, I knit. Yes, you read correctly. I knit. I have a lovely basket that hangs from the handles of my pushcart for holding whatever simple project I've brought along for the day. It's easy to reach down, grab the needles, get through a few stitches and then put it back down when it's time for me to walk on up the fairway.
Knitting and golf. What a delightful combination!!