I’ve always thought of myself as a process knitter, that is someone who enjoys the act of knitting for the knitting not necessarily the final product. Mind you, I enjoyed the product as well, but that wasn’t my motivation, or so I thought. If there’s one thing that Project Mohair has taught me, it’s that I’m definitely a product knitter. I know this because I really haven’t wanted to knit it but I also really want the final product.
I enjoy knitting, most of the time. I think all knitters do, but as I spoke about on my post about product versus process knitting some people knit for different reasons than others. When I knit, ultimately what I want is a product. Even when I stop enjoying the process, I still want the product at the end. Now that I’ve been thinking about it, in fact, I’ve always wanted the product more. That’s because it’s almost always a continuation of a design, a culmination of creative energy and yarn. I love watching it develop, of course, but ultimately I’m after the finished object.
This is amusing to me because I’m definitely a process designer. I really enjoy the whole design thing, from conception to implementation and everything in between. I love coming up with an idea, sketching the idea, tweaking the idea, playing with the chart, tweaking the chart, and executing the design. I enjoy knitting the design, but not as much as finishing it. This has only become apparent to me as I’ve knit a project I didn’t enjoy knitting. That’s how I know I’m a product knitter.
What about you? Are you a product or process knitter? Let me know in the comments below.