My tribe

I love knitters. By that I include spinners, crocheters and other generally woolly folk (I try to be inclusive). I believe, based on my experience that we are generally Good People. I like to think that most people are kind, friendly, sensible and pleasant souls but I am a tad biased when it comes to those belonging to the knitty variety. Since I started knitting about 5 years ago, I have been inspired by the friends and other people (I read lots of knitting blogs and while I like to think of them as my friends I think that this isn’t how they would describe me!) I have come across.
This is for lots of reasons, some of which I will probably forget until I have already posted this but I will try and note down some I can think of now. Firstly, we tend to knit for others; this might not be often but I don’t think I have met a knitter who hasn’t made something for someone else. Now, as most of you probably know, this takes a lot of time and energy (not to mention cost – yarn is expensive!) in ways that non knitters can’t imagine, yet we still do it which requires considerable generosity of spirit. Secondly, we are, by definition, creative; we adapt patterns, substitute different yarn, design things and use our imagination to keep us going when that half knitted lace shawl looks like a dishcloth. We are also, in my experience, very complimentary; we see the beauty in other’s finished objects – just look at Ravelry and how often we ‘love’ Raveler’s projects. Even when something hasn’t turned out quite how it could have, we still see the genius hiding in between the dropped stitches and lopsided seams. Another quality is that we embrace diversity; we adore that each of has a preference for a different fibre/colour scheme/lace versus cables/needle type etc etc. Although these may seem like trivial differences, I believe they are reflective of our wider attitudes as well.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not naive enough to think that ALL knitters are wonderful types without a bad bone in their stashes (I have certainly got my fair share), but I think we are less likely to have excessive amounts of less attractive qualities.
What has led to this post I hear you cry? Well, I am undergoing a period of change, somewhat unwanted and like most of my experiences of change brings with it mixed emotions and a sense of loss. What has carried me through so far (she says dramatically when it is early days really) is the support from my friends and family, most of whom are knitters (or married to one so it affects them via a yarny kind of osmosis), well, all of whom actually when I think about it!
I am confident that all will be well, in fact all is well and there is no point in worrying about ifs, buts and maybes . That doesn’t take away that this is a difficult process however, especially as I am a person who likes to know and it is all a bit up in the air. One thing I am certain of is that there will be much knitting over the coming weeks, if I have anything to do with it!


2 thoughts on “My tribe

  1. itwasjudith

    The idea of change can be daunting, but change is not necessarily a bad thing, it may bring on new opportunities and new interests.
    All the best for the future and any transition that may take place


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