Why I Love Knitting
Nothing else in my life gives me the consistent sense of accomplishment as knitting.
Pride of Accomplishment
It's an amazing thing to be able to create fabric. Persistently adding stitch after stitch to a swatch and watching it grow into something can be wondrous. It's even more amazing when you can shape that fabric into a garment...to creat a perfect neck opening, or to turn a perfect heel, or to execute a spectacular cable pattern. Then add colors to this process, and you have the perfect craft.
When it all comes together in exactly the right way, and you have combined all the components of a perfect knitted garment...the drape and hand of the fabric is just right, the fit, structure and shaping of the garment is exactly how you'd hoped, and the colors come together in a composition that is harmonious and beautiful.
How much better can it be than to look at such a garment, and say, "I made it."
I honestly believe this sense of pride in doing something worthwhile, is one of the major pieces missing from most folks' lives in society today. I believe that folks' drive to make money and have all the things that they think will make them happy, allow them to forget to take the time to appreciate the value that they can bring by doing a job they can take pride in.
I don't mean to get all Ayn Rand on your or anything, but for me, knitting gives me the opportunity to appreciate all that I've been able to do.
Current Knitting (and Crocheting)
I finished the first pair of Kaffe/Regia socks over the weekend, and I am very pleased with them.
Can you picture how spectacular it will be when my the gap between the bottom of my chinos leg and my shoe reveals a small portion of these amazing colors? I've already started the first sock in the other colorway, and I think I am going to be equally pleased with those socks as well.
I completed another few stars on the crochet tablecloth.
I was going to continue added to the row of two stars until it was as wide as I was going to make it, but the length started getting a little unruly. I can't imagine what it's going to be like adding sections to this tablecloth as it gets to be over halfway completed and more.
k writes, "And Joe, your sock are not identical. I so admire you. I cannot do that."
There are some patterned sock yarns that require the socks to be identical. I didn't feel as though this was one of them. Although, I really like how the toe of the next sock looks, so I may decide to make the second pair identical.