Saturday, September 25, 2010


Earlier in 2010, I believe somewhere around late March, a knitter taught me how to knit. Since then, I have become obsessed with it. It is not so much the idea of knitting and creating a certain piece, but more the process of knitting and how much stress can be relieved, how many thoughts can be killed, and last, how many inconsistencies become consistent when you are so focused but so free in what you are doing. It sounds somewhat ridiculous, but it is really therapeutic. My mother used to knit and she learned it from my grandmother who learned it from my great grandmother. She speaks of the designs they used to knit, designs of rabbits, birds, puppies, and flowers. And she speaks of the detail that must be followed, but the satisfaction of the outcome. How my great grandmother used to knit sweaters for my grandmother, who used to knit cardigans for my mother. It all seems so evolutionarily needy, and I promise I will teach my little girl to knit. Because if anything, she will appreciate how the art is carried from generation to generation. Even if my mother didn't teach me, it's the notion that I was taught, and I now know how. It's the idea of knowledge that passes between generations that gives me the satisfaction of being a part of it.
My progress is noted. (Top to bottom, first to third respectively.)

My first knitting project. An extremely skinny scarf.
My second knitting project. A normal width,
multicolored scarf.
My third knitting project. I learned how to knit & purl. (I t
hink it was on accident.)
So with that, I was able to create textural difference in my scarf. It looks great to me.

I want to make mittens next...Something tells me that is a lot more difficult than a scarf. Knitting mittens, here I come.

1 comment:

  1. You are so cute. I can help you with mittens when I see you in a week and a half, if you'd like! But I think I read instructions off a book/internet, so you could do that also. I heard that there are knitting stores around U of I. I don't think that we're even going to be there long enough for any of them to be open though :(