Knitting a Lifestyle

I don’t know about you, but as a knitter I feel a lot of internal pressure to knit all the things. If I need a sweater (or gloves or a scarf, etc.) I feel that I cannot buy one. I am a knitter, therefore I must make it. And until I make that item I must make do with my current wardrobe options (and possibly be cold). Considering that it takes me almost 2 months to knit an adult sweater I could be cold for a long time. I look at other knitters making fingering weight sweaters and doing colourwork or complex lace, and I think, “Get it together! You should have more things done by now!”  I long for a future where I have mountains of handknits – not just sweaters, but shawls and socks and gloves (this vision also makes me wish I lived somewhere a little colder, even though I hate the cold).

My one handknit sweater
I made these socks 3 years ago (they don’t fit well)
One lonely mitt made in the wrong size

But thinking about that perfect future world where I have knit everything I need and everything I want brought me to a profound realization: what would I knit after I finished everything I want to make?

I’m sure when I reach that point I will have a whole new set of things I want to knit and people to knit for. But for now that realization gives me a bit of peace. I don’t have to knit all the things right now. Everything will be done in its time.


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Dramatic Lyric

I am a musician and a life-long crafter. I love to read and write, and my favourite book is Jane Eyre.

3 thoughts on “Knitting a Lifestyle”

  1. I am the same way but like you realize there is only so much time. I actually bought a beautiful sweater vest last month and am looking forward to wearing it when the weather gets cooler!

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