You either love it, or hate it. Obviously, knitters love it.
I’m talking about the process of knitting. One loop after another, stitch by stitch, a beautiful fabric forms under your hands. Thousands upon thousands of repetitions that result in something quite wonderful.
I think that’s one of the things I love most about knitting – seeing something beautiful take shape out of a whole lot of string.
There are so many aspects to love about knitting: The joy of selecting the materials and pattern and combining them into an object of beauty. The meditative process, the click of needle against needle, the curl of squishy yarn around the needle, the feel of the yarn threading its way through fingers. The way a beautiful cushiony fabric starts forming under hands. The view of a single thread of beautiful colour, sometimes unvarying, at other times a surprise at every stitch. Seeing a fully fashioned fabric taking shape by the sheer effort of your own two hands. The joy of learning a new stitch combination, and seeing mastery of the skill happening before one’s very eyes. And the happiness one gets (most of the time!) in wearing a beautiful finished creation and in the admiration it receives from others.
In knitting, there is no waste. A small handful of ends of yarn. Some even manage to avoid most of that with clever ways of joining yarn. And if you make a mistake, you simply pull the yarn back and start again.
Garment shaping is done as part of the knitting, with decreases and increases. Fabric texture brought about by the use of clever combinations of just two stitches – knit or purl.
It never ceases to fascinate me.
Cedar Grain is coming along very well. All I need to do now is complete the back bodice and the sleeves, put in the button band and sew on buttons (which I still have to find…!)
I’m really enjoying it. 🙂