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January 25, 2021 3 min read

Super excited about Tanis Gray's latest book that hits the stands today -- Star Wars Knitting the Galaxy. In honor of this event, here are 11 awesome Star Wars quotes you can use in your knitting conversations.  Make sure you wave your needles around and make a deep and throaty woosh woosh sound

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” (Scrolling intro of film) – Use to describe the time before circular needles, or when we limped along with k1 s1, psso, because there was no SSK, or even those dark pre-Ravelry days when paper patterns were a thing.

“The Force is strong with this one” (Darth Vader in A New Hope) –  Say this when a knitter gets something right away.  Either a new knitter just learning the basics, or a more experienced knitter jumping right into lace or stranded with what seems like special innate knowledge.  What else could it be but The Force?

“You have failed me for the last time” (Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back) -  this is what we tell our crappy interchangeables that come apart during a complicated lace pattern over 300 stitches .   

“Let’s keep a little optimism here” (Han Solo in The Return of the Jedi) what we need to tell ourselves when our sweater pieces look so tiny and we’re sure it won’t fit and the whole project is doomed.  Remember that blocking is miraculous and everything will be okay. 

Rey: “Is that even possible?”  Han Solo: “I never ask that question until after I’ve done it”. (The Force Awakens) Say this response when a dubious knitter asks for help with a challenging knitting problem. 

“Sometimes I amaze even myself” (Han Solo A New Hope) Say this when you've turned out something particularly fabulous or fixed something that seemed utterly hopeless. I think I've heard Ginni say this many times after she's repaired lace, brioche, intarsia, and other crises.   

“Do. Or do not. There is no try”. — (Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back) – What we should tell our knitting friends who seem hesitant to start their first big project.

Remember, Your focus determines your reality.” —  (Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace) – Use this handy reminder when you think you might try knitting that fiddly charted pattern while you watch tv. Just don't. It’s gonna take your full attention. 

You must unlearn what you have learned” (Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back) –  This is what we have to tell many a knitter who's wrapping the yarn backwards or working into the back of the stitch. It usually comes in response to, "My knitting is sooo tight".

Dear child, the belonging you seek is not behind you…it is ahead” — (Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens) We all want a place to belong. This is the way to welcome new knitters into the fold and give them that sense of community we all need.  Knitting gives us all a place to belong.

“The Force is not a power you have. It’s not about lifting rocks. It’s the energy between all things, a tension, a balance, that binds the universe together”.  (Luke Skywalker The Last Jedi)” That sounds kind of like knitting in general, doesn’t it—a tension, a balance between all things that binds us together. That tension holds our stitches and binds our community.  It is powerful.  The Force is strong with all of us. 

Warmly,

Ellen

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