Make Me A Sweater!!!
So I had a paranormal meeting last night. My day had not gone well and I had some knitting with me so I decided that I was going to relax and knit during the meeting. For non-knitters this is not meant out of disrespect. I can focus so much more on something said in a conversation when I am knitting….it causes my brain to actually slow down. It’s quite meditative. Anyhow, as usual several people start making requests. It’s an odd thing to have requests for stuff. Let’s discuss, shall we?
1. I am new to knitting. I find it much easier than crochet. I self taught myself knitting in early December last year. So far I have only made some scarves, fingerless gloves, and an wristband. All of the patterns have something in common. They are square and basic. It’s not exactly like I can take on a sweater, ya know?
2. Many non-knitters don’t get how long it takes to make something. I knit alot, every chance I get (especially now, I need the reprieve to keep my sanity) but it still takes some time to get something done. Scarves take about a week. The armband and fingerless gloves, 24 hours. Literally. Which brings me to….
3. Non-knitters seem to think that I can get their request made within a week. Yea…not happening. I do have to work and that entails alot of deadlines, attend school and complete homework, feed and bathe my children. I would like some time to spend with my husband and children between knitting ya know.
4. If I make something for someone, I don’t want them to know I am making it. Sounds weird I guess. But right now I have projects going for next christmas. I prefer that someone not really know that I am making something so that I can surprise them with it later. I am careful to choose people that I know would be appreciative also, I don’t give everyone a knitted item! But really, if you make a request for something I lose the joy of making and surprising you with something.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate the kudos. I DO!! I really do! I am usually taken a back by the enthusiasm some people have when they see the few items I have made. But understand that some knitters just aren’t in it to make things for people. I have reasons for knitting and most of it is for selfish reasons. I meditate better, I concentrate better, I am a nicer person. I am generally not a happy person (read my prior posts, trust me you will see that I am not in general happy). My husband complains on occasion about my craft projects but he is mostly supportive. He told me today that he tries to avoid bugging me about the money I spend because its a rare moment that he sees me completely happy. And trust me, as I get better and get more things made….I will be definetly handing out items to whomever would want them.