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?