Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why do you . . .?

I love to knit hats.  Last week, I was struggling with a lace pattern on my current shawl and I put it down and started a new hat.  In no time at all I found that knitting peace and after a few days, I was able to return to the lace pattern.  The funny thing is that I don't really wear hats.  So I knit for others.  We are currently collecting kid sized hats that will be sent to Mongolia.  These four hats we dropped off last week.  Today I have two more to add to the box.
I had an email from Churchmouse yarns the other day titled Why do we knit?    And a few weeks ago Helen Stewart asked what is it about knitting that brings you joy.  I sometmes knit for products, like hats, but more often for the process, the act of knitting, the click of needes, and watching a pattern emerge.  I generally find joy in all the bits and pieces of knitting.  I love to browse patterns, wander in a yarn shop, cast on, learn a new technique.  I have even found joy in un-knitting a project that is just not working.  It is like liberating the yarn for something new!  I would say the only piece I do not love is when my yarn gets tangles coming off the skein.  I spent almost an hour untangling a skein of yarn that was supposed to be a center pull.
I am ready for the next step of that lace project, another new to me technique.  This morning I cast on another hat.  All is well with my world.
I think these questions apply to knitting and quilting.  So, why do you craft?  And what bits and pieces bring you joy?
linking up with Kathy today
Happy Sunday 


Deb said...

Love this post and like you I love all the details of a project from choosing a pattern, shopping for supplies and touching all of the yarns of fabrics, even taking a class to be among others that share my passion. When I knit, crochet or hand embroider or quilt I get such a feeling of peace, well being and serenity. I find pure joy is the simple act of pulling a threaded needle through fabric.

karen said...

I knit because it makes me very sane. I find my anxieties and worries are minimal when I have a project to focus on. I also love to wear almost everything I make!!

CathieJ said...

I craft because I find it both fun and least most of the time. When I was having a bad neurological reaction to some medicine a few years ago, I turned to crochet to keep my sanity. I found so much peace with the repetive stitching and the beautiful afghan pattern.

Lori said...

The hats are so awesome! What a great way to feed your creativity and help others!

audrey said...

Great post! I love to make something with my own two hands, something beautiful and often unique. It's so fulfilling! Your knitting is wonderful.:)