Remember the iPod my boss gave to me for Christmas? It was filled with music as soon as I brought it home and I loved listening while working out. Then I decided to download the book club book and see if it work as a way to 'read' more books. Well, I loved that even more than music! Gilead by Marilynne Robinson was my first choice and I listened while at the gym (workouts fly by), at lunch, knitting when the house is quiet (read…no.one.home), and any other time available. This is the best reason I can see to have an iPod, or the like. There is now a second book in my ear and I'm happy as a clam. (As a grrl I just love that multi-tasking thing.)
One day the iPod was left in my gym bag and I had to knit through lunch without it. Before I knew it, there I was with a smile on my face as the joy of the process came flooding back Knitting with the book was enjoyable, but my attention was on the book and my hands 'just did' what they knew how to do. Knitting without the book I became very aware of the process, the passion I have for the process...each and every stitch of it and the simple solace it brings to my soul. I will continue to 'read' during lunch time knitting but, from time to time, I will enjoy the surge of pleasure that comes from sitting quietly with my knitting, too. The second SockapalOOOza sock grows nicely with or without a book.
had a link on her blog a week or so ago to an article that I found very interesting. The author, Catherine Hollingsworth, wondered if knitting could be considered an act of creation. She shares opinions from several of her readers on the (ongoing) debate of crafter versus artist. In a statement she attributes to St. Francis, the question is answered in part.
"If you work with your hands, you are a laborer. If you work with your hands and head, you are a craftsman. If you work with your hands, head and heart, you are an artist."
Reader, Robin Koutchak, had an explanation that is at the heart of the matter, as far as I'm concerned.
"It's a craft to those who do it just to have a scarf or something trendy. ... It becomes an art to those who learn and invent stitches ... teach techniques and become philosophically absorbed in the process of knitting, learning, finishing, designing."
Robin's statement is essence of the process for many knitters. If you are absorbed in your knitting project, from choosing the yarn and color, making necessary changes, and following it through to the very last stitch…then you are, to my mind, an artist.
Laurie and I spoke of Blogland during our delightful dinner a couple of weeks ago (before her nightmare began) and how as knit bloggers, we not only have a common language but, also a shared passion. If you take the time to blog about knitting, then it must be a big passion in your life. Passion creates common ground and shared ideas. This form of communication winnows out many knitters with less passion for our fibery art. We create daily with our words, pictures, and projects. Many times we tweak a pattern, change the colors or the techniques used in a project, and often, much more than that. Our work is uniquely ours and we share it with Blogland friends in unique ways, too. Blogland is a place to be inspired, enabled, enjoyed and loved, while we share our passion for all things fibery.
Speaking of passion, sock yarn must be mentioned! My hope for Project Spectrum is to learn to love, or at the very least gain new respect for, colors that have not been favorites of mine. I have already learned to look at shades of orange in a different light, because so many of my Blogland friends love it. The first Socks That Rock for the SockClub arrived from Blue Moon Fiber Arts on Monday. It's such a nice package of beautiful yarn in unique colors, and a very nice pattern, too. It isn't a colorway I would normally be drawn to but, for some reason, I really like it. Maybe it's the name, Rainforest Jasper.