I just got back from a wonderful trip to Ottawa, KS to hang out and knit with good friends. I find all of my socializing lately revolves around knitting. That is not a complaint, only an observation.
Knitting was not as painful tonight and I could knit for longer stretches than just last week, so things are looking up. I find that I have been thinking a lot more about the act of knitting lately (not knitting in general, I am always thinking about patterns and yarn.) I imagine that this is because I can feel every stitch. Do you remember when you were first knitting and you watched every stitch come off the needle? At least that is how it was for me.
I have been asked why knitting is so important by some of the people who have had to listen to me whine about not knitting. I am having trouble answering the question “Why do you knit?” I know this topic has been covered at length in other blogs, magazines, and general conversation. The reason I bring it up now is not only to poll the people reading this, but to try to come up with an answer for myself. If I were to put it as simply as possible I would say I knit because I want to. That yields the question “Why do you want to?”
If you look at it from the outside: the yarn is expensive (store sweaters are cheap), there is a serious time commitment, and on any given day I may be so frustrated that I am cursing every stitch. Yet I still continue. I started knitting because I liked doing counted cross stitch but never really considered the result functional. I decided to pick up knitting again (my grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8 or so, but I never got past a garter stitch blob) and make scarves for Christmas gifts.
As I started challenging myself to learn new techniques I found a lot of satisfaction in getting something to turn out the way it was supposed to (for example: socks.) After my first sweater I was hooked on sweater knitting. I love having spent time and effort for the perfect fit while using great yarn. I enjoy coming up with my own patterns and getting something to turn out just how I imagined it should look.
I do not consider myself a process knitter, I knit to have something tangible when I am done. Alternatively I do love the process of knitting. The meditative nature of making stitch after stitch after stitch. The feel of the yarn over your fingers. I love these aspects of knitting, looking at the finished project and knowing you touched every inch of yarn and made every stitch.
I have typed now for way too long and still don’t have a good answer. I could talk about knitting for a very long time. All I can come up with is, I knit for a thousand reasons, I knit for one reason – because I want to.
Help me out. Why do you knit?