This post was originally published Oct 2012 but I felt it needed a re-read. This is why I want to do hand quilting, the process.
Knitting is a process craft. Anyone who sets out to knit with the sole objective of wearing the finished work will soon be disappointed. If a finished piece were the sole sum, one would purchase a mass-produced garment at the local mall for a fraction of the cost and time required to make a sweater. The true joy comes from discovering the individual beauty of each segment, the feeling of accomplishment when completing a particularly difficult section, and the sense of challenge that lurks as you plan the next project. In other words, knitting is like life. We have to enjoy the journey if we expect the destination to mean much.
Best of all, knitting is slow. So slow that we see the beauty inherent on every tiny act that makes up a sweater. So slow that we know the project’s not going to get finished today-it may not get finished for many months or longer-and thus, we make our peace with the unresolved nature of life. We slow down as we knit.
Many knit to find a sense of their own uniqueness, to be reminded that they, too, are creative beings. Each garment reflects its unique moment in time and is as singular in its construction as the person who knit it – an image of its creator’s spirit.
Thank you Bernadette