Why Do You Knit?

machinarex's picture

Besides the obvious, what are your reasons for knitting? Is it a meditation? A creative outlet? (kind of a "duh" statement, I know) A love of fibers?

What is it that knitting brings to your life, other than a garment to wear?

Oh yeah, I've been meaning to let folks here know that I'm on Ravelry under the same username!

Comments

Kilted Knitter's picture

Agree with all the

Agree with all the replys...
I agree with allthe other replys to your question. The feel of the needles, the fiber, the meditation, the all of it. I just simply love to knit, outdoors, indoors, in bed, camping, out in my backyard, the beach. Love it
Bary-the kilted Knitter

I never saw any reason not

I never saw any reason not to knit. Besides, it is really good fun!

PeterMark's picture

The voices told me to knit.

The voices told me to knit. My medications don't allow me to argue with the voices.

crmartin's picture

I have been fascinated with

I have been fascinated with needle crafts since I was 7 or 8 years old. I learned to knit and crochet at that time and have primarily knitted off and on since then. I just recently started again. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a project. I love the feel of the yarn and the needles. I love trying to knit when I have one of my cats in my lap and I have to convince them that I really don't need their help.

Randy

stillday's picture

I also enjoy woodcarving and

I also enjoy woodcarving and oil painting, and I have to say knitting is at least as relaxing if not in fact more relaxing for me. There's no mess to clean up!

Taking a piece of yarn and transforming it into a scarf, hat, sweater or a pair of mittens with a couple of sticks is magic. I watched my wife create some beautiful things with her sticks and finally got up the courage to ask her if she could teach me to create a little bit of that magic too.

I've never sold any of my carvings or paintings. They've always been given away as gifts. I plan on doing the same thing with my knitting projects. I've always felt that giving somebody something that you've made is a lot more meaningful than something you bought....unless it's a Porche or a Ferrari or a villa in the south of France.

TomH's picture

How do you explain (or

How do you explain (or rationalize) an addiction?

MMario's picture

relaxation, to engage the

relaxation, to engage the mind, to meditate, to blank the mind (obviously at different times) to create; because it's portable....

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

I started because a stubborn

I started because a stubborn (but very wise) friend of Sicilian descent insisted that it was "time" I learned. Not ever, even ONCE , did I espouse the slightest interest in knitting or the like. However, as she cast on for me and showed me the knit stitch, she calmly (and yes, correctly) said, "you'll like this"... and that blossomed into an ongoing exploration of a craft I have much yet to learn, much to love. (Thanks Jan!! No matter what Danny says, this IS a good thing!! XXXOOO Jimmy)

jrrenola's picture

I wanted to develop a hobby

I wanted to develop a hobby that was (a) cheap, (b) didn't require me to leave the house and my family, and (c) is productive. Knitting is all of those things. Being an IT person, I enjoy things that have structure and logic. Being a musician, I enjoy that structure, but also appreciate creativity. Knitting is a beautiful meld of those two concepts - structure and freedom. Besides, it helps work out those frustrations - your world condenses down to just a stitch at a time...the other nonsense just floats away.

machinarex's picture

I think you've pegged my

I think you've pegged my partner...who's also a musician, and very technical minded. I've often said he only knits to figure out the pattern.
http://www.flickr.com/people/machinarex

Bill's picture

CHEAP??? I'm spending three

CHEAP???
I'm spending three times the cost of a purchased pair of socks...
it's creative therapy for me...

jrrenola's picture

Compared to golf, hunting,

Compared to golf, hunting, stamp-collecting, and some other typical hobbies, I think knitting is cheap - and productive (you have something other than a sunburn or windburn to show for your effort)

SKHolt's picture

I actually started knitting

I actually started knitting after I had learned to spin. I was really called to learn how to spin wool into yarn. It occured in some conversations with goats (go figure). I worked the magic of spinning the disparate threads of my life into one thread. After a while, it became apparent that I needed to 1) do something with the thread I was spinning and 2) begin to make knew patterns in my own life out of the thread of my life.

BuduR's picture

I taught myself how to

I taught myself how to crochet when I was 7. My grandmother knit all my cousins these wonderful ponchos and I wanted one so bad, but she wouldn't make me one (my mother is white, she didn't care for us much because of it) So I learned, then one day when I was 10 or so I saw a woman making a sweater out of two sticks, She had a book and showed me the patterns she had and I realized that if I ever wanted a really nice sweater that knitting was the way to go. I tried over the years to learn on my own but just couldn't get it until someone sat me down a couple years ago and showed me, I've been knitting up a storm ever since. Side note, I never did get that poncho, once I learned to crochet well enough, she refused to tell the pattern :/

MWK's Token Estrogen-American

albert's picture

This is your grandmother?

This is your grandmother? She sounds like a pain in the ass.

BuduR's picture

LOL You nailed that one on

LOL You nailed that one on the head!

MWK's Token Estrogen-American

eyedoc's picture

I began knitting as a

I began knitting as a personal challenge to learn something new. My partner crochets and only does it when the mood strikes him. Well, the mood struck him about 3 years ago and he bought some yarn and some new hooks. While he was looking, I discovered a teach-yourself knitting kit. I had to have it and the rest is history. Now, for the most part, knitting is therapy. However, I have to be careful. If I am just doing simple knit and purl stitches and not really following a pattern, my mind goes a thousand miles a minute. The more complicated patterns seem to help me more, except for the frustration that accompanies mistakes!
I also agree with the comments regarding recipients that appreciate the time and work put into a gift. Luckily, I have a co-worker that loves the scarves I knit for her. She always tries to pay me, but I always tell her that she just gets the result of something that I LOVE to do.
For whatever reason, I just love to knit!
Shawn

murfpapa's picture

As a child I was fascinated

As a child I was fascinated how what essentially was a piece of string became a garment, doily, table runner, washcloth or towel edging. When I gave up smoking in 1997 it gave me something to do with my hands. I can remember getting all excited when the family would go shopping. I'd sneak away to the yarn and sewing department and squeeze the skeins of yarn of feel the different fabrics. It was almost like porn to me, somewhat available (if you knew where to look) but still "forbidden". Now I always make sure I have a bag of something to work on in my car for those lunch hours/doctor's office visits/other waiting times. I'd say 95% of what I make are gifts since I tend to run hot and can't stand the additional warmth of sweaters. I've made afghans for the local Wellness Network and for a local Bear group to auction/raffle off for fundraisers. And there have been a ton of scarves and afghans given as gifts over the years. Now that I've moved from acrylic to "real" yarn, I'm even more geeked into keeping my hands busy with something creative.

charmingbilly's picture

i began knitting

i began knitting theoretically to stop smoking. it helps but i cannot knit and drive so the nicotine habit is still mine. i was motivated to learn most by 2 gals at church betting me that i couldn't do it. now, i knit mostly to sublimate romantic frustration....which makes me wonder why i'm not a more productive and accomplished knitter? i've worlds of that stuff to sublimate, y'know.

greenmanmknz's picture

I knit because it allows me

I knit because it allows me to create using ancient and simple tools. Almost all of the gifts I shared at the holidays were things that I had made for my family. The best gift I received was knowing how much those gifts mean to them. I also create quilts, but for those I use much more complicated tools and machines. The feel of the yarn and the textile I create as I knit make the knitting the pleasure. When I can knit, I get lost in the process, not the end product. So it is a type of meditation.

Aaronknits's picture

I love the feel of the fiber

I love the feel of the fiber in my fingers as I work with it. I find it soothing even though a project that I'm making might not be so soothing at times. Most of what I make I just give away. Often for no reason other than I made it and I thought someone might like it. I don't wait for birthdays or Christmas with most of what I give to people. I just say "here, enjoy this".

mikeracing77's picture

It started out as a contest

It started out as a contest to see who could figure knitting out quicker me, or the wife. I won. Since then, I have found that I really enjoy it, its relaxing and you get something that you can touch and use for your efforts. I also like the history of it, kind of like touching roots with the past kind of thing I guess.

rightOn's picture

For me, I like the challenge

For me, I like the challenge of learning something new. Then the more I looked around I saw the side effect of being able to create something so beautiful and useful and I knew that this would be a great hobby to pick up. Not to mention it is a reasonably priced hobby that is also portable and NOT electronic! What else could I ask for?

ManMadeKnits's picture

I think its all of those

I think its all of those things for me. In addition, I love the intention it gives to gifts. You don't knit something for someone who can't appreciate it, and those who can are truly a blessing in our lives. Effectively, its a physical ways of representing my gratitude.

PaganCub's picture

ditto and kudos!

ditto and kudos!