Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Why Do I Knit?

Why do I knit? I was asking myself that question this past weekend as I contemplated my yarn stash. I knit for many reasons.

I enjoy the creative process. It still amazes me how one can take 2 sticks and some string and create these wonderful garments and works of art. I am constantly inspired by the works of other knitters as well as by the yarn itself.

I enjoy the relaxing almost meditative process of the actual knitting. If I have a stressful day, I can pick up my needles and focus on my work and I can feel the tension just melt away. The simple repetitive act is calming.

I like the feeling that I am part of the mystery. I can look at the phrase “K1,YO,K2, ssk, YO P2tog,” and feel like I know this secret code to unlock the secrets of the universe.

I enjoy the fellowship of other knitters. Its amazing what a gregarious bunch knitters are. I can be knitting in public or wearing one of my creations and someone will come up and strike a conversation about knitting. I may have never seen this person before, but we instantly have a bond that crosses generations and cultures. My fellow knitters have taught me a lot and given me inspiration.

I enjoy seeing my friends and family enjoying the items I have made especially for them. As I knit something I think about the recipient and try to infuse the item with positive thoughts and energy. Its easy to go out and buy someone a gift, but when you take the time to handcraft something you are essentially telling that person that they are worth your time and talents.

I enjoy using my gifts and talents to benefit others. I believe that God give each of us unique talents and abilities and it is our responsibility to use those talents and abilities to make the world a better place. With knitting I can give back to my community and provide warmth and comfort to someone who needs it. You can preach a better sermon with your life than your words.

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Great thoughts on knitting! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. It's awesome that you can grow things to make your own spaghetti sauce. That's my goal too, but not possible where we live now. Thanks for sharing, I'll put that idea in the post next week.