Suzanne left this comment on yesterday’s post and it bears repeating (my emphasis on the bolded bits):
I am so tired of everyone in our society putting such a premium on speed whether it comes to knitting or anything else in this world. In my mind, knitting isn’t about speed. In fact, I do it so that I can slow my life down a bit and focus on one thing at a time. What does it matter how long it takes as long as I am enjoying the process. I admire those who take time to retrain themselves in order to use another knitting style to improve their speed if that is a goal that they truly want to achieve. However, like you, I have been using mine too long (English style with yarn tensioned over the index finger, under the middle finger, and over the ring finger) to try to change now. I have practiced the traditional continental style in order to use it in two-color knitting, but it never feels right to me. When I sit down to knit, I am more interested in having that wonderful familiar feeling I have from my style of knitting than being a speed demon in my knitting. Besides, one of the fastest knitters I know knits using the English method, so sometimes it has more to do with the individual than the method.
Thank you, Suzanne, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The main reason I knit is because I enjoy the process. Having a nice garment upon completion of a project is a plus. I don’t need eleventy-billion lace shawls, but I love knitting lace, so I make eleventy-billion shawls. I do give shawls away a lot, often spontaneously, because I do have a large supply of them at the office. (This is a good thing, because the women in my office do some serious sucking up in hopes of being a recipient. Heh.)
That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes knit a pattern simply because I love the design and want the garment. But most of the time I knit for the pure joy of knitting.
Take Cromarty, for instance. I’m moving rather slowly on it because the knitting of it is such a wonderful sensory experience. The yarn is fabulous, and the act of creating cable twists from soft, squishy, sproingy wool is a sensory delight. I pause frequently to admire the three-dimensional nature of this heavily cabled knitting.
I still maintain that I’m not a particularly fast knitter. I give the impression of speed because I work on one big project at a time. Also, I have an extremely good memory for patterns so don’t have to keep referring to the charts or pattern. I can easily knit with my eyes closed, while reading a book, or watching television, so I do a lot of multi-tasking knitting. All of those things add up!
Today we are having an ice storm! It was sort of drizzling sleet all day and the government closed at 2:00pm because there is apparently a larger storm bearing down on us and they wanted everyone to get home before it hit.
In a sort of weather-related frenzy, I left Cromarty on the couch.
And I finished up the Bart & Louise socks.
I’m hoping for at least “unscheduled leave” tomorrow so I don’t have to venture out!
In other news, this came in the mail today:
Can you guess (or do you know) what that is?
This morning, like every morning, I get ready for work with the early, early, early news on my bedroom tv. When I’m ready, I sit down for a few minutes and watch the news (and knit) til it’s time to leave. Lucy is a big help in this process.
“What? You’d rather look at that stupid screen than at me? Inconceivable!”
(Those in the Washington DC area might recognize Andrea Roane of Channel 9 News on the television. The local news started at 4:30 this morning because of the weather.)