I found myself in a curious turn of events earlier this evening. I was talking (texting) with a friend and out of nowhere I insisted she guess what I was up to.
“Guess what I’m doing right now!”
A stony silence.
Now, as an established knitter, and someone who has worked in several knitting stores, and in fact writes on a semi-regular basis about knitting, and also in fact does some pattern design, this should really not come as a surprise. The last week or so has been busy busy busy and when I finally carved out some time today (perhaps I should have kept on with homework, but a knitter’s gotta do what a knitter’s gotta do) it was really relaxing. So much so, that in fact it caught me somewhat unawares.
This led me to think about why I knit. I mean, I know that I enjoy it, but why do I enjoy it? Well, I do find it relaxing – especially when I’m working from a pattern, it’s an easy way to unwind a bit, even with some very complex patterns! I think that a large part of my enjoyment comes from using my brain in ways that I don’t typically get to in my day-to-day affairs – a bit of a brain massage if you will.
Tonight I am knitting on the Shetland Shawl Dress by Teva Durham, found in Loop-d-Loop Lace, so this is certainly a case of relaxed knitting, no need to really pay attention beyond following the charts.
Why do you knit? Do you like to zone out, or use it as an opportunity to focus and flex your mind muscles? Are you content to follow a pattern blindly, or do you need to make extensive modifications or even design your own pieces?