When it comes to the things most knitters are passionate about I find I don’t often share the same drive. I enjoy knitting – it’s very cathartic and kind of cool (what isn’t cool about essentially tying a giant knot and having it end up as a sweater?). I enjoy watching a garment or stitch pattern develop as I knit along. Knitting keeps my hands busy; I can do it almost anywhere, which is a huge boon to me. Sure, some people give me a hard time, but most usually just ignore it and comment upon it favorably.
I’m new to the game, though, and as I’ve said in my post about my first design, I used to think knitting was kind of lame. I don’t think that anymore, but it’s hard for me to forget my old bias. One day I hope to be able to go into a yarn store and lose myself to the wonders of wool and dye. Right now I find some yarns very beautiful – they speak to me. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s magical. I feel like I can get a glimpse of the life of a passionate knitter.
What I am passionate about is knitwear design, that and knitting techniques. I especially love inventing a new knitting technique, designing a knitwear garment that incorporates it, and watching the technique develop as I knit it. That’s cool. I love all parts of design, though.
(New techniques like the reversible cables in my Infinite Cables Cowl)
There’s the artistic side of it, which is the design itself. There’s the scientific side of it, which is postulating a design or technique idea, seeing if it works, and the redesigning and troubleshooting the areas where it doesn’t. There’s the educational side of it, which is writing out the pattern in a way that others can understand it. There’s the creation side of it, which is knitting the design. Knitwear design feeds into almost everything I love and enjoy, so it’s kind of hard for me not to be passionate about it.
The most important passion to many a knitter is the area where I struggle the most: the knitting community. I want to be a part of the knitting community. I want it bad, but I am not a social person. I enjoy social situations – sometimes. If I’m by myself for too long, I start to get really lonely, but I struggle a lot when it comes to any sort of human interaction, including this blog.
The knitting community is very important to me, however, as is human interaction, so I force myself to do it. I put myself out there and will continue to do so. Because, when it comes down to it, I am passionate about the knitting community and knitting for that matter. I’m just a little shy about it, that’s all.