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Why Knit?

Today I was browsing around in the Ravelry forums (as I am wont to do), and I happened upon a discussion topic about a survey on Gender and Knitting.

A sociology student at Occidental College is doing it as part of her senior thesis on Knitting as  gendered activity.

So, I said, what the heck, I’ll go and see what it’s all about.

And it was all pretty straightforward…….. but question number 4 still has me thinking:

“Why do you knit?”

Seems like a very simple question, doesn’t it?

You’d think that, with as much as I knit, that I would have a fairly clear idea of why I do it.

But, after I read the question, I just kind of sat there for a minute, while a flood of possible responses sprang to mind.

I think I answered “To use up all the yarn  that I spin.”

But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?

Reasons I Knit:

  • Because I can.
  • Because I love making beautiful, warm, soft objects from scratch.
  • Because I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques and
  • appreciate the beauty of creative garment constructions.
  • Because wool is the most excellent raw material ever, and
  • knitting is a great way to show off it’s special qualities.
  • Because sheep are at least as cool as the wool that they grow, and
  • making things out of my own sheeps’ fleeces is very grounding.

It is really beautiful and simple and true.

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And because it is going to be lovely.

Why do you knit?

October 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm 7 comments


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