Many people think that when I am knitting I’m just sitting quietly, indulging my particular hobby. What they don’t know is how much time and effort and science and math goes into everything I make.
Every material is different and reacts differently with its surroundings. Wool is warm and springy, and you can choose between hand-washable and machine-washable. Silk is luscious and strong. Cotton keeps you cool, but can also be a workhorse in dishcloths. Linen stands the test of time.
And it’s not just the materials that make up the yarn, but the structure of the yarn itself. Yarn can be thick or thin, tightly spun or roving or somewhere in between. Also, colours!
Now we come to the tools we use to work with yarn: straight needles or circular or double point. Round, square, hexagonal. Wood, glass, metal, bamboo. Each works differently with yarn and will yield a different end product.
Not to mention the skill involved. When you spend a significant part of your life practicing one particular activity you are bound to become an expert at some point. Some knitters choose to be an expert on lace, or cables, or stranded knitting. Some are really good at socks or dishcloths or pom-poms.
And let’s talk about socks for a second: socks are a marvel of ingenuity. They fit a foot! Have you ever looked at feet? They are the oddest shaped things. What about gloves? They have these towers rising up from a central section. And sweaters keep you warm while allowing you freedom of movement.
See, what people don’t understand is that people who write knitting patterns are architects. They are super smart and talented and the world does not give them enough credit.
So when I’m sitting in the corner working on my sock I’m not just knitting. I’m building yarn buildings!