Why I knit, #25

Wow. 25 of these.  I thought when I started that I’d only get maybe 10, but here you have it!

I knit because it’s something I can do.

The block printing project was very rewarding but also very taxing, both mentally and physically. I do stuff like that because I like being challenged. I like figuring things out and learning new ways of doing things. I like making things by hand.

Knitting was like that when I started. It frustrated me and made my hand cramp up, so much so that for the first six months I did it, it could only loosely be called “knitting.” It took me that whole six months to finish a garter-stitch scarf (of course, I was doing it wrong, so that didn’t help, but whatever).

Now, though, it’s great. I did the block printing project, and knitting is a total breeze. It’s challenging (because if it wasn’t, I’d get bored) but I have a good foundation for what I do with it, so ultimately it’s learning how to improvise with something I’m pretty good at, instead of learning something totally new, and that’s a huge relief.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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