Knitting Is …

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I saw this idea on another blog (help, my mind draws a blank this morning!) and thought it was such a brilliant topic that I had to try my own. What does knitting mean to a knitter? What does it mean to me?

Knitting means something different to nearly every knitter. Some find peace in the rhythmic pattern. Others enjoy the creativity involved. Some love the final product. Others like making things for other people. For many (if not most), it’s all of the above and more. Shoot, knitting means something different to me depending on the day.

This morning, knitting is creativity. I like my job, but it’s not a terribly creative one. I edit technical textbooks and course materials for a local college. I enjoy helping instructors create materials that best suit their needs. I work with amazing people, too, which doesn’t hurt.

When I get home, all the spreadsheets and Word documents and emails go away. My world fills with vibrant colors and imaginative stitch patterns. I become a creator. I can make anything I want, including a gargoyle for no apparent reason. I can alter patterns to fit my needs and desires. That sweater too short? I’ll add a couple extra inches. Don’t want to seam that toy? We’ll make the pattern in the round. For a few hours a night, all I know are the needles in my hands and the yarn wrapped around them.

If I’m honest, the dream since college has been to branch into craft publishing, particularly knitting. Can you imagine anything better? I would love to be able to marry my love for publishing with my love for knitting. I would be working with people who are also passionate about knitting. Then, I could express my creativity both at work and at home. Ah, the dream. Someday!

For now, I’m a creator at home, and I love it.

What is knitting to you?

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21 thoughts on “Knitting Is …

  1. What an awesome post!! And I love the connection with your day job and your creative passion. That “dream” might not be as far off as you think! For me, both knitting and spinning are part of an internal love I have for things that connect us to our roots. I like the dynamics between traditional and modern and getting the best out of both. My day job is as the director of a large youth program in the nonprofit world, so knitting and spinning counterbalance that and allow me to be creative, artsy and not take myself too seriously. My dream would be to open a knitting/spinning cafe!

  2. As you say, it is many things. I like the repetitive nature of the stitches, I like the challenge of a tough pattern( which is why I am so drawn to fine lace work these days) I also like the ability to make it my own through fiber and color choice, pattern alteration. And I like making things for others that are truly unique, from me, made with them in mind. And I like the creativity of it. I can’t paint or draw, but I can sure design beautiful garments through this craft. I think about it all the time, planning my next project, fiddling away at a problem with a design. And I too would love to figure out a way to make a real living from it.

  3. Knitting for me is mainly time to settle into myself. I stop thinking about everything out there. Sometimes it’s also an interesting problem to solve too. Interestingly, it’s helped me to take creative risks outside of knitting. I now paint and draw and have started tapestry weaving. I knit less than ever and yet it was the start of it all. I would not want to make a living from my creative outlets, because I don’t ever want them to feel like work. I would not want to have to make a commission piece or work on an outside deadline. My creative outlets are just for me.

  4. In a way you are already publishing your craft on here. You have readers. We bloggers are very lucky, don’t you think? that we can share our pleasures with others in this way.

  5. For me it’s escapism, creation away from a world filled with numbers at work, delicious yarns, vibrant colours, liberation from Microsoft, me-time, downtime, no responsibilities time. Great!

  6. I think of knitting as meditation where I can keep my hands and mind busy. I always get bored trying to relax and meditate. Knitting focuses my mind and hands. I can think through whatever is bothering me while I knit.

  7. It’s part of who I am! Everyday I design, knit and crochet things (I am so lucky it is my current job) that inspire me, moods I feel, what makes me happy or laugh into my designs. It keeps the sanity when things are tough, just knitting a few rows puts peace back into the world. It is an amazing get away from stress and like you said you get to be the boss of what you are working on. Whether you change the pattern, colour or just what you are choosing to finish or not finish that day gives you control over the outcome. You can even change a mistake that you made and make it work into something better or fix it. Feels so great when you accomplish that. It has all the creative perks you want and need, just some yarn and two sticks, or one if you crochet and the stunning works that come from such simple things. Great idea to blog this question. It means something different to everyone.

  8. Reblogged this on Intricate Knits and commented:
    I had to reblog this one as it is such a fantastic question for all who create, no matter the discipline.
    My response to what knitting means to me:
    It’s part of who I am! Everyday I design, knit and crochet things (I am so lucky it is my current job) that inspire me, moods I feel, what makes me happy or laugh into my designs. It keeps the sanity when things are tough. Just knitting a few rows puts peace back into the world. It is an amazing get away from stress and you get to be the boss of what you are working on. Whether you change the pattern, colour or just what you are choosing to finish or not finish that day gives you control over the outcome. You can even change a mistake that you made and make it work into something better or fix it. Feels so great when you accomplish a finished piece or start a new one. It has all the creative perks you want and need, just some yarn and two sticks, or one if you crochet and the stunning works that come from such simple things. Great idea to blog this question. It means something different to everyone. I am addicted to creating, it is part of who I am. How about you.

  9. Knitting for me is freedom and control. I have the freedom to create ANYTHING, I only have my motivation to stop me. I have complete control over my knitting…it can be completely perfect or I can let this or that imperfection go. It’s all about what I want to do. It also soothes me, I am a process knitter. I knit for the enjoyment of stitch after stitch…rarely do I knit for a specific product!!

  10. Love this post, especially the last paragraph. Knitting to me is an art and creativity form- a special craft that not everyone can grasp. I truly want to leave my job- on good terms of course – and venture into owning a yarn shop with a library/cafe feel to it…Has been my dream for years !

  11. Knitting Circles are therapy! And a way to stay in touch personally and socially with like-minded people. Knitting brings us together and it’s a good group of wholesome people overall. Discussion on topic and off. Latest news. Sharing dreams. It’s all there.

  12. Knitting to me is ME time…a time to be creative and productive, a time to learn to do something new, a time to relax and focus on just one task. Unfortunately, at the moment there’s not enough of such free time…

  13. Knitting, crochet or any craft I’m doing is my stress release. I can switch off from my regular world and let the creative side of me take over. I like being lost in my creative world

  14. Reblogged this on soknitsome and commented:
    When I read this on For the Knit of It, I thought the idea was too good not to share. So what does knitting mean to me?

    My 10 top thoughts:

    Knitting
    1. Keeps fingers nimble and the brain agile (I hope!)
    2. Relaxes and soothes (think swathes of garter)
    3. Challenges and stimulates (lace in all its intricacy)
    4. Means wearing clothes that fit
    5. Makes long journeys seem much shorter
    6. Is giving presents that are personal
    7. Is being creative with colour and textures without having to be inventive
    8. Brings like-minded people together
    9. Is learning and teaching and sharing all rolled into one
    10. Lets you be a little part of something bigger (http://soknitsome.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/knitting-for-water-2/)

    What does knitting mean to you?

  15. Yes agreed, knitting is all those things – it’s what I need it to be each day. Calming, un, challenging, sharing, escapism, colour, texture……….bliss

  16. Ah! Like you, I am an editor of textbooks. I keep telling myself that it is good to keep some separation between the books I love (craft books, novels, etc.) and the books I work on. Do I really want the lines between work and play to blur? I am not sure. I am torn.
    Knitting for me is just another way to make things, another creative outlet. I can relate to the desire to knit ‘a gargoyle for no apparent reason’. I recently bought a Japanese crochet book just so I could knit my own donkey one day. Doesn’t everyone? 🙂

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