Hi all! I am new to this message board, but over the past few days I have read practically all the posts and it was truly wonderful to see how warm, helpful and friendly everyone was. Let me tell you all a little about myself – my name is Joe and I am a 19-year-old sophomore at Villanova University. I have only been knitting for about a year or so, but I have learned quickly and I have been knitting up great projects left and right. I am a very creative person who loves to paint, sketch, sew and design. After Villanova I hope to get my bachelors in Fashion Design. Knitting, much to my initial surprise, has opened up a whole new world of creativity to me…if you can knit and purl you can create endless garments and patterns. It is mind boggling to me that with the simplest of tools – essentially 2 sticks and string – one can create imaginative, complex, and stunning apparel.
What strikes me most about knitting, however, is the tight knit (no pun intended) community of knitters. In a world full of hostility, violence and despair we can still all find common ground through a simple craft that brings us all together. Knitters share experiences that bind them together across the world – individuals young and old, male and female, rich and poor. Language, race, gender and cultural barriers are broken down with this common bond. It truly impresses me and I’m honored that I can share in this tradition with such great people.
Last night as I was falling asleep a wonderful, rousing idea struck me. As a knitter, I know just how many skimpy skeins of yarn I have lying around in the corners of my dorm, my closet and even my car – not even enough to make a knit cap! After recently becoming inspired by a variety of patchwork quilts I have seen online, in books and in the city I thought it would be a fabulous idea to beseech all of you to knit up 4”x4” swatches of yarn, send them to me and I will seam them into a wonderful afghan representing the entire community of knitters. How long would it take to knit a simple patch? Minutes. However, what a fabulous challenge for each knitter to express themselves as an individual in a 4”x4” swatch. Use whatever yarn/materials/embellishments you wish. It will be a dynamic piece of you that is unique from anyone who has ever knit before you. The finished afghan (or perhaps 2 or 3 depending on the number of swatches received) would be a stunning arrangement reflecting the diversity and talent of our community. This project would be a wonderful way for each of you to showcase your skills and to keep what some deem a “dying craft” alive and thriving. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the mailing address where your piece can be sent. I will personally reply ASAP. Once the project is done pictures will be sent to all of you and put on message boards – you can see what became of your swatch and take joy in seeing how it works in harmony with the others from knitters just like you! Thank you all so much and I can’t wait to get started on this project! ~Joe