Monday, November 12, 2007

Knit of Passion Contest




Happy Blogiversary to me! It's been about a year and 100 posts later. I'm now making less sense than when I started this blog. To celebrate, I'm hosting a "Knit of Passion" contest. The prize? Two skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (new and still in wrapped in original tags and from smoke-free home) in an eggplant color (Color Lava--005 and dye lot 158). Really beautiful color and luxurious feel. It was reviewed on the Knitter's Review. Incidentally, the color I'm giving away is the same one on the KR site.

To enter the "Knit of Passion" post a comment on this post. Tell me what drives you to knit? Why is yarn your passion? Contest ends 12/10. I will have my Knit Wits knitting group vote on the answers during our December meeting and I'll ship the yarn to the winner on my dime. If you want to win, you cannot post anonymous comments. You don't have to have a blog but I'll need a way to contact you.

Ready? Set? Type.....

62 comments:

Carmen said...

It's relaxing. I come home from work and knit to releive my stress.

crazzybunny said...

I knit for several reasons:

-I love making things. I have always loved it. My yarn passion started with an interest in spinning, which has grown to an obsession with both it and knitting.
-It's something to do with my hands. I tend to get a little fidgety and knitting (and spinning) are great while watching TV.
-It's relaxing and just plain enjoyable. I do it when I have nothing to do (or sometimes when I DO have something to do but would rather not!) and in between homework/classes to kind of wind down.
-I love farming and being self-sufficient. I find this quality rare in people my age (20), and knitting publicly helps increase awareness of the craft and rural life (the farming aspect of yarn).

Every skein is different and holds so many possibilities. A thousand people can be given the same skein and you'll get a thousand different items. I love this aspect of yarn. Knitting is methodical, yet inventive at the same time.

Terri D. said...

I knit because I am (Happy Blogiversary!)

sam said...

I knit because I like to watch the thing I'm knitting grow from the needles. It's fascinating. I spin too, to watch the yarn grow from my fingers. Then when I am done with what I am making, it has use for real life. it keeps people warm and comforted. I knit because it relaxes me too, and keeps my fingers occupied.

Melanie said...

I taught myself to knit to give my then pregnant sister a special baby gift. Once I got the hang of it and finished the baby blankie...a new addiction was born. That was almost 4 yrs ago and now I knit because I have to. It is my therapy, my sanity and my way of showing family and friends how much I care about them. I love being able to transform a long "strand" of yarn into something special for my family and friends and the occasional stranger. Sorry for the long post...I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Knitting just feels right...like it's a part of who I am.
Hugs!

Audrey said...

The lanolin in the wool soaks my fingers. Knit one, purl one. Loops grow from loops, and yards of fiber become Aran sweaters where moss is thickly roped with cables. As I scoop the yarn through every single stitch, I create quiet spaces where I get blissfully lost and find myself.

Audrey said...

Ooops. Forgot to tell you how to contact me. I'm not a blogger, but you can reach me via e-mail: Poemlady@cox.net.

Jackie said...

First... congrats on your 100th post.

My passion for creating with yarn and needles/hooks was passed on to me by two very special women in my life and I think of them every time I knit or crochet.

Lisa said...

I love to knit because it allows me, a not very creative person, to create something beautiful and useful. It's also more relaxing than doing other things -- like watching TV -- and you end up with a sweater or socks.

lisacameron2@mchsi.com

Lisa

Edna said...

What drives me to knit? I guess the first reason was to keep my sanity and relieve stress. Having been recently divorced from an alcoholic husband about 14 years ago, I needed something. I already read voraciously but had a need to create. So I picked up knitting again after seeing a colleague knitting a beautiful project (don't remember what) I wanted to do that too. I already knew the basics but needed a refresher. A group of us stayed after school to learn and I was born again. Haven't stopped since.
The most recent yarn of passion is Socks That Rock. I love the feel of it in my hands and on my feet!

Linda said...

I knit for a number of reasons. Reason #1 to keep from having a hissy fit while waiting for appointments. Reason 2 I knit for the beauty and enjoyment of what I am creating Reason #3 I knit during long car rides to keep my inner child from whinning "are we there yet?"

Anonymous said...

Knitting is lots of things to me. It's my stress reliever, something to do while I'm waiting on something and the big plus is that I'm creating something at the same time. I love the feel of the yarn in my hands and I love to see how the colors are going to turn out. It's the one craft that I can take anywhere and do anytime.

maryd55m@yahoo.com

tatt3r said...

Knitting satisfies my creativity and yet I get a practical garment in return. I also knit because it is my meditation and my prayer. Congratulations on your 100th post!

Kenyetta said...

I have always loved to create. It feels good when I make something and receive compliments. I started knitting because I wanted to make things for my girls. Sad to say, they don't ask me for things like i had hoped. BUT they will wear most of th stuff and tell their friends I made it. One year my oldest was taking orders. Knitting also relieves my stress and boredom. I am not an athletic person so knitting is my way of reaching goals and surpassing them.

Morenna said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I knit for two main reason: the first is that I find it to be a relaxing, meditative activity and the second is that it's one of the few activities in my life where I have concrete evidence that progress is being made. There are added bonuses of being able to "pet" my yarn and fiber stash when I'm having a bad day or need to be cheered up by the softness and bright colors.

Pat said...

I knit because I'm Happy.....
I knit because I'm Free......
My eye is on the sparrow and I know he's watching me.

Red said...

I knit because NO ONE wanted to teach me how!! It took me durn near 20 years, but I LEARNED!! (I am a truly lefthanded knitter, and it was a true friend that helped me learn via long distance chats!!) Now that I have learned, I just cant stop learning! I crave moving on to the next neat thing to make learning a new combination, new colors, textures, its addictive and pretty and mind soothing, but in reality, I guess it give me yet again physical proof that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to!

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Loreen Keeth (keethloreen@hotmail.com said...

I have knitted for over 50 years, at first because a child could not sit with idle hands, then because I was 5'9" and couldn't get sweaters to fit (at a reasonalbe cost), now, just to create. NOTHING is nicer to touch than a soft fiber, there is joy in watching a person touch something you created, knitting is bliss.

Judith said...

My passion for knitting is not only because it is a relaxing activity to de-stress from busy days but it connects me to the animals who have provided the fiber, self-sufficiency to clothe and decorate, creativity with form and color, women of history who shared their skills, knitters of today, and even knitters of the future whom I teach/ organize as a volunteer into groups/classes. Knitting forms wearable fabrics, it weaves friendships, it links generations and it crosses all cultural barriers. Knitting is portable, an inexpensive endeavor, and it is rife with unlimited frontiers to explore. My yarn of choice is self-spun merino!

Judith said...

My passion for knitting is not only because it is a relaxing activity to de-stress from busy days but it connects me to the animals who have provided the fiber, self-sufficiency to clothe and decorate, creativity with form and color, women of history who shared their skills, knitters of today, and even knitters of the future whom I teach/ organize as a volunteer into groups/classes. Knitting forms wearable fabrics, it weaves friendships, it links generations and it crosses all cultural barriers. Knitting is portable, an inexpensive endeavor, and it is rife with unlimited frontiers to explore. My yarn of choice is self-spun merino!

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

Why do I knit?

You might as well ask "why do you breath'?

I'm driven to knit every day, every where, any where and any time I can!

I think the motivation to knit continously is an internal mechanism hardwired in my brain that provides me with a sense of peace, power, pleasure, and fullment in the knowledge that I am creating, receiving and giving all at the same time.

It is not merely hobby or craft to me. I view knitting as a philosophy with this core belief:

Yarn plus needles equals productive tranquility!

I would have knitted through my last PAP SMEAR if it were possible to work my cables without running the risk of dropping a stitch!

Thanks for asking!

Anonymous said...

My reasons for knitting have changed over time. Initially (age 8) I knit because it was a new skill I wanted to master. Later, while pregnant, I knit my first afghan for my yet-to-be-born son because I wanted to wrap him in love. Still later, I knit sweater after sweater for my son, mainly for the feeling of accomplishment it gave me. Gradually I came to realize knitting as a creative outlet for one who is not otherwise artistic. These days I knit more for the sensual appeal of fiber...I crave color and enjoy the tactile pleasure and process of knitting and in the end the usefullness of a knitted item is merely a bonus. Knitting has become an addiction: I knit almost exclusively while watching TV; I can't do one without doing the other...LOL. I'm not really "anonymous"; I just can't seem to get along with Google/Blogger. I am Beverly: brober10@earthlink.net

Christy B. said...

Wow!!! What great comments. Keep them coming!

Margie said...

For me, knitting is a form of prayer. God, by giving me the ability to knit, has allowed me (in a small way) to be like Him--creating beauty with color and form, bringing order out of chaotic yarn.

A big part of that gift is passing it along to others. I knit sweaters for needy kids, hats for our troops, baby booties for my local pro-life center, the occasional Christmas/birthday present...

Of course, like the rest of you, I also find that knitting insulates me from the stress and hubbub of the outside world. If I didn't knit, I'd probably murder my sisters!

Bonnie said...

It comforts me, like giving myself a warm hug.

Kim said...

I love to knit because I get to be creative and feel and look at beautiful yarns, and think and use my brain to make items that my family cherish. I stay home to take care of my 2 1/2 year old daughter and my husband and 99% of what I do on a daily basis revolves around them and their needs--cooking, cleaning, laundry, running errands, taking my daughter to classes. It's nice to get to do something just for me. It's my only selfish vice (well, this and scrapbooking my daughter's pictures and reading) and I'm NOT giving it up! LOL

Jan said...

Happy hundred “blogiverasy”! I knit because I can use sharp sticks and make beautiful things to give away. Knitting keeps me learning every day and keeps my blood pressure low! LOL
This is a great idea oh and by the way – the contest ends just 4 days before my birthday AND purple is my favorite color – very spiritual - Jan 

Fran Rickenbach said...

Knitting is like breathing... it's not just important, it's essential. I'm a great believer in KIP... given my busy life, I don't have the luxury of sitting for hours alone to knit.
When I knit, I think better. In a meeting, I can better sort out what is really being said. It makes lines, traffic, waiting in dr's offices much less stressful!
The tactile soothing of the yarn and needles between my fingers has evolved to my spinning... with my fingers creating yarn while my feet rhythmically treadle the wheel. This combination of tactile experience helps to calm my mind and soothe my soul.

evolnaj@verizon.net said...

I work for hospice as a bereavement counselor. I knit to destress and it keeps me from burning out. Whenver I have had a particularly difficult case, I come home and knit for my grandkids,the soldiers in Iraq and hats for the homeless. It helps me to be thankful for what I do have and keeps me focused on the important things in life, God, family, friends etc.

Marsha said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! on your Blogiversary. Lots can happen in a year as you have posted here. My passion for knitting is for many reasons. It's a comfort for me and something I can control when so much of life I cannot control. It's an opportunity for me to give back in a way that is tangible. 99% of the knitting I do, and crocheting is for charity......be it hospital groups, cancer centers, nursing homes, shelters, whatever. It's a way of giving when I may not otherwise be able to contribute. It's also a way for me to show my thanks for the many blessings I have in life. Not everyone is so fortunate. Having great fortune in life is not always about the balance of ones bank account ot credit card limit.

Cyndye said...

I didn't start knitting until my early 20's. I had crocheted since my grandma taught me as a kid and it is no mystery to me.
Knitting entrances me. You can spend a tremendous amount of time on plain stockinette and you end up with....this fabric...this delightful fabric that you created with your own hands. Never ceases to amaze me.
I am one of those people who has to touch. Very tactile. I don't go to quilt show anymore because it is too difficult to keep my hands off. Needless to say, touching yarn is an absolute delight. The different textures are astounding. I was very surprised by a bamboo yarn I got recently. It is like a roving with a tight twist keeping it together. The feeling of it running through my fingers is heavenly....like stroking a grandbaby's cheek.

Sarah said...

Knitting is zen. It is meditative. It is comforting. It keeps my hands busy. It attracts people. It is creative. It is satisfying. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

carole said...

Knitting now defines me. My students at my school ask what I'm making next. It brings me solace in an otherwise often stressful world and allows me to escape for a time without drugs or alcohol. It is my endorphin at this time in my life. My children think I knit constantly. If that were only true.. I'd have many more FO's than currently exist. I love seeing a string turn into something to wear or use or a beautiful gift. And the best part of all is it comes from my heart.

Melissa F. in CA said...

Why I knit:
I knit because I feel it in my blood. My mother, grandmother and generations before her all had the skill, if not the passion. It is an art which should be preserved, explored, and promoted. Knitting soothes me, inspires me, challenges me, and confounds me. I feel whole with yarn and needles in my hand. My knitting brings pride to my children and myself. Knitting is not my hobby it is my self-expression.

Miss T said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I have to make things. Have to! Me not making things is not a me anyone wants to be around. Knitting is my best friend of all the things I choose to make--it causes the least stress and trouble, and allows me to play with gorgeous colors and luscious textures and imagine wild, wonderful, beautiful things while I work. It's relaxing and it's just so me. I can't not knit!

Great idea for a contest, thanks!

happy2knit said...

Happy Blogiversary! I wrote the following on my own very first blog post and I thought it was relevant to your question (a great question, by the way...)

I find knitting to be a very meditative endeavor. I need to meditate a lot. I am at critical point in my career (real estate, thanks for asking ;-)), my daughter is turning into a teen and my father just passed away. My nerves are raw and exposed and knitting is a place where I am in complete control of the process, I don't need to factor in anyone's feelings and all I need to do is keep track of the stitches. Keeping track of the stitches takes 98% of my attention units - not much left for useless worry! The yarn does not judge. The yarn does exactly what my fingers tells it to do - not always what I want, mind you - but it is consistent and predictable. The yarn listens, but does not talk. The yarn is rhythm, like the beating of a heart or the steady drip of tears. And when I am done, the yarn holds my soul in place for another day.

Missy said...

What drives me to knit?

My Mom. Mom was constantly knitting or crocheting something. She would give it away as soon as she was done making it, she was a very generous person.

Mom died of Breast Cancer in September at age 50. I always joke that my inheritance from her was 2 deep freezers full of yarn (I store my yarn in our new, unused deep freezer. Doesn't everyone else?). But it really isn't a joke, it is much more than that. My inheritance has been a passion for creating and keeping my hands busy, fueled by a love of home made things.

I used to be a cross stitch person with a few crocheted dishcloths thrown in for good measure every now and then. Once Mom died, it became a way to stay connected to her, doing what she loved.

I miss her every day, but when I pick up my needles or hook, I can imagine her sitting with me, project in hand, busily working on a new gift for someone.

Thank you for the contest.

Missy
mhighfill at gmail.com

Monique said...

In the past forty years I've knit Aran sweaters, fair isle socks, simple scarves, plain hats, and lacy shawls. I've loved it all! But now I knit as a prayerful exercise. I knit for peace--both for myself and in the world.

Almost all the knitting I do is preemie hat knitting. I try to make each one as unique and beautiful as the little baby who'll someday wear it. I feel very blessed that I have this skill and can use it in this way.

Please see my blog:
http://woolgatheringknittingforpeace.blogspot.com/

monica said...

i knit for my sanity . . . literally. it has helped me work through major depression - each stitch is one tiny step closer to happiness. and when i finally get there? each stitch will remind me of where i've been and all the reasons i have for living.

Chris D. said...

Congratulations on your 100th. I love to knit because it's relaxing and I get to express my creativity. To me it's pampering myself and getting away from the daily routines of life. It's the one area that I am in complete control! But most importantly, to this day, it still awes me that people were ingenious enough to take fibers, whether animal or man-made, and form them into string which they then formed into usable items. I sit and stare at the skein of yarn, then I sit and stare at the item that I am making, and then I get even more inspired. I can go off into the most wonderful dreamlike state thinking of all the things I can make. It's a natural high. The best kind their is.

Turtle said...

lol, my husband thinks it is because it is to cold for me to scrapbook in WA since the move from hawaii. My mom taught me a simple fur scarf to knit while i was stressed taking my state exams in WA, i was hooked. I love the yarn blends, feel, textures, the creating something useful and beautiful out of long continuous strands of thread...each one unique and touched with your love. Spinning is now also entering the picture as well as dyeing. I have to knit every day, for stress and relaxation...meditation if you will!

Lynne said...

Congratulations on #100! I may get there, someday...

I knit mostly because I am fascinated by all the possibilities and permutations of using two sticks to bend a long length of string into something new and different and unusual. If it's also useful, so much the better! I also greatly enjoy being able to answer the inevitable phone question "Whacha doin'?" with something like "Knitting an artichoke. And you?"

It also gives me something to do besides chewing my fingernails when waiting for buses and trains and destinations and doctors and such.

My current passion is lace. I'm also knitting a sock, that may someday get done, but I really wonder, because I keep frogging it because I've thought of something else I want to try. It usually doesn't work too well, lol!

Jess said...

I find myself a very tactile and visual (I'm also a photographer) person when it comes to yarn. If it's next-to-skin soft, I must have it. If it's colorful and soft, I need to cuddle it. I pet my yarn, I smile at my yarn, I love my yarn. When I buy new yarn, I'm already envisioning the photos I will take of it to put in my stash.

I knit because it focuses my mind. When I pick up my needles, a clarity comes that wasn't there before. I delight in watching the pattern come to fruition, and I find joy in the curvature of my stitches. No matter the pattern, it becomes a work of art in my mind, because I nurture the compositions of the stitches, and feed the project - in return, it paints me a beautiful picture, a story, and I can wear it until it falls to pieces.

Knitcrazy said...

Well... Because I Love the feel of the soft silky yarn slipping thru my fingers as I dream of what it will turn into when it is finished carressing me ...

It also keeps me Off The Streets and Out of The Bars !!!

Penny
http://pennyknits.blogspot.com/
peneloercola@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 100th! Good Stuff!
In this world where everything is so fast-paced and technologically advanced, I feel that my knitting grounds me.

Fortunate to have learned at a young age to knit from both of my grandmas, I have enjoyed this art form throughout my 41 years. I sometimes think about knitting so often that I dream of it at night. If I'm not doing my knitting, (or even when I am) I read about it, talk about it, or fantasize about it. I constantly learn new things every day, and love that about this amazing craft.

Now that I am disabled, my knitting is more important than ever. It empowers me. It keeps my mind busy and helps to put the physical pain "behind me". By concentrating on the meditative rythym of the needles and the yarn slipping through them, I'm able to get into a relaxed state where the pain isn't so bad. Knitting truly is my best therapy!
-Nina
lilkitties@verizon.net

Becka - The Knitting Wounded said...

I knit because I'm twitchy and it's the best way to sit on my backside and look absolutely busy. The knitted goodies are just a bonus... =D

Penny Karma said...

When I first started knitting, I lost about 20 pounds because I couldn't snack while I had two needles in my hands.

Unfortunately, since then I've figured out how to eat some foods and knit at the same time... M&M's yes, salads, not so much.

So the weight's back, but I haven't stopped knitting! :)

zippiknits said...

Firstly, Happy Blogiversary!

~!-**Sky rockets**-!~

and all... :-)

Why I knit:

I knit because I love color and yarn is, if anything now a days, a celebration of delicious color.

I also knit because it's the only thing I've found in needle arts that will keep my mind from running off the chart with worries and worldly weights.

Anonymous said...

Reason 1: I knit to stay sane! I am a 6th grade school teacher and mother. My daughter is 12 and my son is 8. When I knit something beautiful I have a tangible item that will stay complete and can be used. As a teacher and a mother my other tasks are NEVER complete. There is always more laundry, homework, laundry, shopping, laundry, paperwork, sorting, laundry, planning, laundry, grading, laundry, grounding, soccer, laundry, concerts, doctor and dentist appointments and did I mention the freeking laundry! My knitting is always with me. As soon as I figure out a way to fold laundry and knit at the same time I will be sooo content!
Reason 2: I knit in memory of my dear friend, Kaye Peck. Kaye lost her battle with cancer on Oct. 25 this year. Kaye taught me to knit four years ago. She was an incredible music teacher at my school who made scarves for almost every new faculty member each year. I knit her a prayer shawl and she took it to every cancer treatment. Her husband gave me her stash and I intend to keep up the tradition. I miss my friend and I feel her with me when I knit.

malisalangdon@hotmail.com

allergicmom said...

I knit because I can't NOT knit! If I'm stuck in traffic, I've got my stockinette sock in my hands. For my commute to/from work, I've got another complicated project. When I'm watching my kids play, or take a bath, I've got my project in my hands. (It does help that I can knit without looking at my hands.)

Knitting keeps me sane, balanced and calm — essential when I'm trying to balance a full-time job and raising young children.

But of course, we won't talk about my housekeeping skills ...
(allergicmom [at) gmail*dot*com)

Beth said...

I have to say that God drives me to knit. I have no other way to explain it.

I have always been "crafty," mostly as a cross-stitcher. I find great peace and contentment when my needles are in motion. About 3 years ago, out of the blue, I knew that I had to learn how to knit. So I bought a children's "learn to knit" kit. I correctly guessed that a book aimed at children might have a chance with me.

So, all these years later, I mostly knit for charity. I have made baby gifts, hats for "surprise" preemies of friends and coworkers, and so many things that I'm not sure I could count them. I tried to teach knitting to moms with NICU babies like I had, but abandoned it after about a year. It was rewarding but tough, and I got discouraged. It's hard to focus on teaching when you've just been told that the mom from class last week is at that moment watching her child die as he is removed from life support. Looking back, I wish I had stuck with it.

You see, I think God wanted me to knit for that very reason. To use the comfort I received to comfort others, like we're told in 2 Corinthians 1. So, even though I usually feel like a failure about ending it, I cling to the hope that my knitting class did reach whoever God wanted it to.

The knitting gift didn't end with the cessation of the class, though. I still knit, nearly every day. Somehow, one little hat or teddy bear at a time, my knitting is making a child smile on another continent. It is warming the head of an underprivileged newborn.

God drives me to knit because He asked me to, and I said, "Yes."

Deborah said...

I knit:
- Because I love to take an essentially one-dimensional yarn and produce a useful three-dimensional object
- Because I like giving gifts that involve more time and love than money
- Because it keeps me from doing too much in other ways and wearing myself out
- To occupy enough of my brain during meetings to keep me from saying things I might regret!

Dharma said...

I knit because it's an creative outlet that I can infuse with love and personality. There are also more mundane reasons like keeping my hands busy but really I love making things that make others happy. This is a large reason why I knit and why I cook.

KNITSABELLA said...

First off, Happy Happy Happy Blogiversary!

And what a great contest idea. I've often wondered how others stumbled onto this path of knitting, blocking, frogging, stashing, then knitting again.

I started to knit as a little kid because I wanted to be "in on" the adult world. I was so fascinated with watching fabric form from under my mother's needles. Grandmas, aunts... they were all well versed in the secret language of knitting, and I wanted in.

I continue to knit because (and please, don't laugh, I'm being very serious) it allows me to be closer to God. Someone at a prayer shawl group once told me that she loved knitting shawls in k3p3 rib because she would say "in the name of the Father", "of the Son" and "of the Holy Spirit" on the 3 knits or 3 purls. I don't follow this so literally, but the idea has definitely stayed with me. In the craziness of every day life, it is so hard to take the distraction-free time to have an interior conversation with the Lord, but knitting somehow helps me do just that!

MamaMay said...

Why do I knit?

At frist it was to annoy my mom. I started knitting at about 7 and my mom didn't get it. She didn't stop me but she would non stop complain about all the yarn and me wanting more, which of course drove me to want even more. As I got older (middle school) it was more to be different from anyone else. I never hit the "I want to fit in" stage because all the "cool" girls my age were either druggies or pregnant, both of which I didn't want to be. Older still (High school and early college) I supplemented my income with selling one of a kind knits and crochets after the school banned knitting needles due to them "being weapons" (Don't tell them that I wore a DPN every day to school in my hair. Yes I was being a rebel!) Now, I knit more just because I like something in my hands. It clears the mind in ways that nothing else can. I always thing of the bible verse Proverbs 31:13
"She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands."

I like being about to be working even while my 2 year old daughter is playing. I can set knitting aside, if the need arises, and pick it up again with out having to really look at it.

Tami said...

I've always been crafty, but only in the last two years have I discovered knitting.
I guess I just like the idea of making something that is useful and can be worn.
I also love the challenge of trying out new stitches and techniques.

bobseytwin said...

My Mom taught me to knit when I was in high school 40+ years ago. My Mom, my dearest friend and biggest fan, passed away 5 years ago and life has not been the same without her loving smile. When I knit I think of my Mom and I smile.

Aunt Kathy said...

Congratulations on the 100th anniversary

I knit... because I can

I am disabled now and there are a lot of things I can't do, but I CAN knit. Thank God I CAN KNIT

kimberlyutt@yahoo.com said...

I knit for many reasons, The joy of the yarn as it slips between my fingers, the beauty of forming an object from a pile of fiber, the calming sound of the needles quietly clicking to their own beat. I knit because it keeps me sane when i am in the hospital with my daughter. I knit because it relaxes me when i am worried about the future. I knit because it is something i can give to someone that is a part of me and truly shows the depth of my love for them. I knit for my children so that they will have a part of me to pass on to their children. I knit for my parents so they can wrap themselves in my love. Most of all , I knit because without knitting I would not be me!

Kimberly
dw to Chris
mom to 5 wonderful children and one on the way
kimberlyutt@yahoo.com

superpet said...

Congrats on the 100th!
I knit for my kids so they can have something special and just for them. I tell them it's a "love sweater" (or socks, mittens, etc). They always choose my knits over sweatshirts :).
I also knit to calm me, to relax me, and to make me think. I love complex patterns that require concentration, but there's always a simple one on hand for watching tv or going somewhere.
I guess knitting is part of me and I can't imagine not knitting, even for a few days. It's my passion, my obsession.

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

Hi!
many thanks to you and your knitting group for selecting my entry as the winner! What a really nice surprise!