- Last night at the DKC "Dr. Knit" gave a slide presentation on a recent textile tour she took over three weeks in Peru. While she was there she took, among others, a lengthy course on the knitting style used by rural Peruvians for thousands of years, bought a quantity of examples of this craft (which we were all able to fondle and admire after her talk) and further enriched her personal textile library that she acknowledges requires 18 linear running yards of shelving to house.
- Also at the meeting there were more knitting miracles of dedication presented in Show and Tell and another knitter told me about the extreme challenges she is conquering working one project in reversible knitting and another from a wildly fantastical Nora Gaughn pattern.
- At the other end of the knitting spectrum this morning I dropped in on a weekly get together over coffee that includes a woman I taught to knit a couple of years ago. She works one project at a time, doesn't stash and has just a couple of sets of needles. When I tell her about opportunities for learning at DKC workshops or classes in the LYS she is uninterested.
- Now I just finished reading an interesting post at More with Les wherein she reviewed "Sweater Quest" citing some of her favourite passages from the book and referring to quotes by the Yarn Harlot as they illustrate the motivation to knit and the payoffs that come from it.
It all makes me wonder just how "passionate" I really am about knitting. Where do I fall in the spectrum?
I knit on a daily basis and blog about it and read other knit blogs and I undertake local knitterly outings. I felt pretty "hard core". But three weeks in Peru? That is hard core!! I've attended a lecture by the Yarn Harlot and for a while followed her blog but I've never cracked one of her books or any kind of knit-related fiction. I doubt I ever will. Am I insufficiently interested in the topic to read about the motivation to knit? If so I'm probably less devoted to the craft than I thought.
On the other hand maybe I just prefer to spend time and money knitting rather than reading about it. If so maybe I'm more devoted than I think.
If skill is simply equal to dedication then maybe its a sliding scale and the closer I get to being able to knit anything I want, well and fast, the more passionate I will be! Like knitting "to" my heart's content rather than "at" it!
I don't know the answer. But its fun to ponder as I enjoy working the Swingy Sweater in mindless rounds of garter stitch. And truly mind"LESS" it is as my hands do all the work. I'm using Continental for the straight rows and English style for the increase rows so the pattern doesn't require the least bit of mental attention.
Like marvelling at a cheap parlour trick I'm tickled to watch the appearance of a square neckline and neat shoulder shaping from simple paired increases.
I really haven't the time but nonetheless I'm going to try to squeeze in a stop at Passionknit for the longer circular to facilitate the trying-it-on-as-I-go feature of this, my first top down pattern.
Maybe these things indicate I've got a more than significant interest in the this knitting "thing" even if the knitting challenges I set for myself are just that - challenges for me rather than difficult in and of themselves as so many more brave knitters than me are willing to do.
Whatever the case and whether I have a little or a lot of passion for knitting relative to the many knitters I encountered yesterday and so far today, I hope as a knitter to never lose sight of something one of my 7 year old students said yesterday afternoon. Towards the end of class (one in which errors and issues stalled all progress cold and in which she herself lost 3 whole rows to purling on the knit side and vice versa) she giggled that this knitting lesson had been her favourite so far because "everyone was laughing and everyone was together".
Out of the mouths of babes!
Thanks for dropping by to be "together" with me today!