To reiterate...It's the process.
But just what is the process? Remember when you knit your first project and the way you felt when it was finished? Was it a hat, a scarf, or a baby blanket? Would you have finished it at all if you hadn't enjoyed the process of knitting? When it was done, didn't you feel rewarded for the time you put in and love the end product, too?
If the process was JUST knitting we would all be happy knitting miles and miles of garter stitch. But the process IS about every step of the journey...knitting towards an end. You pick a pattern because you love it and the yarn because it speaks to you. Would you start it if you didn't want to see the project finished? The end product is the drive, one of the many reason you knit. The process is the enjoyment of each step along the way.
While Marcia was here for SOAR, she introduced me to her husband as the person who always says, 'It's the process'. He had wondered how she could spin for hours and hours with little to show, and her answer was that it isn't about how much you produce, it was about the 'doing', the enjoyment of the process. As an aside, Susan said that my mantra may be 'It's the process', but there was quite a bit of 'product' when I knit.
This isn't process versus product. It is all of a piece. The choice of what to knit, the yarn and pattern, the knitting of each stitch, each step along the way, is the process. There may be several things on the needles around here, but the reason is beyond just starting something new. I usually have a sweater on the needles, a lace project when something more complicated is desired, and a small project like a sock or glove. The needle sizes and yarns are different, mostly to save my hands and, to offer a variety. It is difficult for me to knit lace when visiting with others, or if I'm too tired. A small project is nice for travel or when only a few minutes to knit are available. The point is that I'm always knitting (and I'm good at rationalization). Because of the process, there is little jumping from sweater to sweater, or sock to sock.
(DFS is back on track and she loves me, as I do her, again.)
The process matters most, in the end, but the product is the bonus. Even when a problem crops up, a new project isn't started, as frogging is part of the process. Forward and backward is sometimes the way we make it through life. It's the way we make it though our knitting, too.
Brier is now in the seaming process. It is like putting a puzzle together, as the sleeves and back were each knit in two pieces, and the collar is separate, too. But, as I sit with her in my lap and carefully work, I know she will be a beautiful end product and the process if her creation enhanced my daily life.
The end of the journey will be the joy of showing her off during a photo shoot this weekend (and wearing her for a long, long time).
Enjoy knitting this weekend and I'll see you on Monday!