Happy Anniversary to My BlogPosted: January 19, 2006
Today is my one year blog anniversary. On this occasion, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on my knitting and blogging.
Knitting is my first real hobby. It may seem strange for someone to go through twenty-something years of life without a hobby, but it’s true. From the time I was a child, I loved to read. I used to check out the maximum number of books allowed from the library, and even then I would finish them all in a week. However, for a reason I can’t seem to articulate, I have never considered reading to be a real hobby of mine. Perhaps it’s because reading is something that I have always done and will always do. I took piano lessons for a good ten years, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it for most of those years. In college I picked up the guitar, took some lessons, and then promptly lost interest. I tried guitar again post-college and even bought a beautiful Big Baby Taylor, but ended up selling it because I have no strong love for playing music. Several months ago I ventured into beading (to make beaded stitch markers for knitting), but after two weeks my supplies were relegated to the back of the closet. Knitting is the first and only hobby in which I have immersed myself so fully for this length of time. It is also the single hobby from which I have gained so much enjoyment.
Knitting takes on different roles in my life. It is an area of growth for me because I can push myself to learn new techniques, set concrete goals for myself, and conquer challenges. Knitting is a teacher of patience, because lots of times I mess up, need to frog back, or just don’t understand the pattern or what I’m doing wrong. Prolonged frustration usually doesn’t help in these situations; I just need to take a deep breath and move on. Or ask for help. Moving on is usually easier said than done. At the same time, knitting is a way of unwinding after a long day. I’m sure some knitters think that easy projects are beneath them, but I have no shame in admitting that I need mindless knitting. Sometimes I knit projects to learn something, but other times knitting is simply just knitting. As my hands move without much thought, my mind clears. Lastly, knitting is way that I give of myself to others. In 2005 I gifted a number of items to my mother and sister; this year, I hope to be more generous with my knitting.
And then there is my blogging. Even two years ago, I would have dismissed blogging as something under the category of “not for me”. Although I consider myself friendly, by nature I am also relatively private around strangers. Why would I care to publish my thoughts and feelings online? When I stumbled across the Knitter’s Review Forum, I realized that some people blog just about knitting. Light bulb moment! I don’t have to write about love life, family life, social life, or career unless I want to, and even then I don’t have to disclose everything. So I started blogging as a way of connecting with knitters from all over the world. It has been wonderful because I have “met” so many talented and inspiring individuals.
Sometimes I think about whether one day I will stop knitting and/or blogging. I am cautious about saying “never” because, well, I didn’t think I would become a knitter or a blogger at all, did I? There are some days when I don’t knit a single stitch and am perfectly happy in that state. Days will go by when I can’t think of a single thing to write about because I haven’t made much knitting progress. And even when I do have something to share, I worry that my writing sounds mundane. I remind myself that I can love doing something without doing it every single day, and when I go return to knitting and blogging after a short break, I am always happy to be back into them. At the present moment, I think knitting and blogging will continue to be a significant part of my life.
February will mark a season of change for me. As I mentioned several weeks ago, I will be taking a spinning class. I’m excited about exploring this area of the fiber arts. Will spinning become another passion and take a place next to knitting? Or will it be a fleeting interest? Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that I can’t buy a wheel right now because I would hate to make such a large investment if I don’t end up spinning regularly. After all, a wheel costs much more than beads or even my Big Baby Taylor. I will also be starting a new job. I am eagerly anticipating the change, but also apprehensive. Transition is stressful for me, and it always takes me awhile to feel comfortable in a new work environment. In light of these upcoming events, I have decided to ease up on my knitting. In practice, this means that I am discarding my knitting timeline. The purpose of the timeline was to help me knit through my stash. But now I feel pressured to knit according to the schedule even though I don’t necessarily want to work on the scheduled projects right now. I’m still trying to finish Frieda, and I definitely don’t feel up for knitting another sweater anytime soon. So the Salina and Hourglass sweaters will have to wait. As long as I keep plugging away at my stash, I don’t see the point in sticking to the timeline. I will likely need more easy knitting in the next couple of months, so you will probably be seeing a number of scarves. Surprisingly, I’m also itching to knit socks again…yes, socks! Thank goodness I still have a tiny bit of sock yarn left!
On my blog anniversary, I want to thank you for reading my blog. Your comments bring smiles, encouragement, and enlightenment. I hope you have a wonderful day.