Why I Knit

Debbie Bliss and Love Knitting are holding a contest call “Why I Knit.” Reading/ listening to many of the stories on the website got me thinking about the reason(s) I have invested so many woman hours into this glorious art of knitting.

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Recently, a co-worker asked if I would teach him how to knit. I agreed and he was knitting  in about an hour. That weekend he went home and sent me a few update to check that his piece was on track. On Monday, he reported, “I see why you like to knit.”  I smiled and said, “I am glad you found it. Many do not and just give up on knitting.” What is the it you say? Well it is that point where knitting just clicks for you and it becomes an act of pleasure rather than work.

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Knitting is the moment of the day where I get to clear my head and give my brain a chance to go into auto pilot. I get to loose myself in the methodical clicking of the needles. I mean how many times have you said, “Just one more row!” and it has turned into 20?

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I also get to meet my needs of being creative. Knitting has endless possibilities. Between the number of things you can make, to the color and yarn choices, to the method you use, there are no bounds to knitting. My brain has always been art-centered and knitting is an outlet for me to imagine and create.

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Knitting is also a community activity. Yes you can go it alone, however, it it so rewarding to fellowship with others. I have learned so much about knitting and technique from chatting it up with fellow knitters at a knitting group. The internet is also a wonderful thing. Reading blogs and watching videos has added so much to my personal tool box. Aside from technical stuff, knitting brings people together. One common interest can lead to a beautiful friendship of respect and caring.

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So Why do I Knit? I knit for my mind, I knit for joy, and I knit to connect with others. At the end of a project I feel such satisfaction knowing I created something from string. My finished garments almost feel like a piece of me. Within each stitch is a little bit of love.

Why do you knit?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

PS: If you want to enter the competition to win £100 of Debbie Bliss yarn head here for the rules. 

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Woah Look At Her Go!

I have to say if I am working in a garter stitch or a stockinette stitch I can knit pretty fast. But to be honest I have nothing on this lady.

Although the skill of speed knitting might be valuable (especially if you are making something on a deadline) is it practical? Think about it…how often are you making something that you want to speed through? Knitting is like yoga for me.  It is such a relaxing activity and once I get in my groove I appreciate the finished result. To speed though a project would just be like the rest of my life: OVERDOING IT! I need something  in my life that will calm and balance me.   I also wonder if the finished project would loose its overall quality. One is bound to make mistakes and alter the yarn tension when the focus is on how many stitches per minute rather than the process. Although the video is interesting to watch I think I will take the bench when it comes to the art (or sport?) of speed knitting.