What I learned from Knitting

1. Embrace & Accept

Knitters are some of the most inclusive people I have met.  And I mean all people:  straight, gay and all the shades in between, young, old, medium, tall, short, pale pink, yellow (me!), nicely tanned, pale, cocoa, dog lovers, cat lovers, bunny lovers, bird watchers, gardeners, meat eaters, veggies, skinny, curvaceous, no bum, big bum, bra or bra-less, corporates, SAHM, singles, married, divorced, widowed, we’re all in there.  And for the most part everyone plays nice with everyone, simply enjoying each other’s company and sharing a common love for all things knitting.

2. A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity – Buddha

Knitters are incredibly generous.  Despite having children to chase after, families to take care of, homes to clean, mouths to feed, jobs to work, friends to see, dogs to walk, they still find time to knit things for charity or donate a few spare quid.  Knitters have a close affinity to the charity Medecins Sans Frontier, a connection started by the Yarn Harlot, and have raised $1,062,017 to date for MSF. This is only one of the many charities knitters support with their hard won time and money.

3. Glass Half Full

It’s all about perspective.  Before I started knitting, a long queue at the post office or waiting for a bus would drive me nuts. But now?  It’s a great opportunity to get a bit more knitting done.   And much less stressful than getting agitated about something that is out of my control.

4.  Try, try again

Knitters always get back on the horse.  Tinking, frogging, making mistakes, these are all part of the course. Not being discouraged and being able to always try, try again shows mettle.

6. Creativity is the Mother of Invention

Knitting is essentially made up of two building blocks – the knit stitch and the purl stitch. There are hundreds of variations made up of  these two humble stitches.  Knitters play with these two blocks and create new and wonderful patterns.  Ravelry is a treasure trove of designers and their work – both professional designers like Anne Hanson (who by the way is launching a new projects club!) & Cookie A – and domestic designers who create their own designs for pure fun.  It’s all wonderfully inspiring.

7. Share and share alike

Knitters are generous with their time and money (see point 3 above) but they are also generous with knowledge.  Sharing knitting techniques and tips with fellow knitters is a hallmark of stitch and bitch groups and friends who knit.  Plus there are a number of great websites put together by knitters who simply want to share their enthusiasm for their craft.  Techknitter, Knitting.com, Curiousknitter, JCBriar are but the tip of the iceberg.  Spreading the love and the knowledge helps make the craft stronger and more cohesive. Yay for knitters!

8. Understanding

Knitters are understanding. They accept yarn/wip promiscuity, nay, even encourage it. It’s okay to fall instantly head over heels in love with a new yarn after within 10 seconds of meeting it, and abandoning without a backwards glance a project you’ve been devoted to for months, even years. I think it’s the magpie like mentality of being drawn to pretty colours and soft yummy yarns.  But best of all, a knitter will never scorn you for two timing another yarn. A knitter will never laugh at you for burying your face in a pile of yarn (especially if it is cashmere yarn!). Because they understand. They’ve been there themselves.  And probably because their face is in that pile of cashmere right next to yours.

11 thoughts on “What I learned from Knitting

  1. That is so true ! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the generosity of all the knitters who make tutorials, advices and patterns available to the others.

  2. And I have met the most wonderful and extraordinary people through knitting. I bless the day that I picked up my needles after a long hiatus.

  3. Alice, with regard to No8

    “I think it’s the magpie like mentality of being drawn to pretty colours and soft yummy yarns.”

    Myself and Linnalark on Ravelry have termed this as “oooooooooh ADOS – Attention Deficit………………. Oooooooooooo Shiney !!!

  4. Some of my best friends are knitters…….. 😉

    Seriously, I have met so many wonderful people since I started knitting again, I feel quite blessed.

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