I believe humans are uniquely driven to create. Through knitting, we not only create the final product or garment, but also the fabric holding it together: we create the substance, as well as the form.
Incredible satisfaction comes from knowing you took a simple ball of yarn and shaped it into something you can wear. I haven’t found this type of fulfillment in any other craft.
Each phase of a knitting project brings peace, joy, pride, or happiness. The rhythm of the needles and stitches calms and relieves the tension of life.
Fixing a stitch or adjusting the fit to my exact specifications provides a sense of skill and ability rarely offered in my everyday tasks.
The finished sweater, hat, or other item is not only soft, warm, and comforting, but also practical. It meets our basic human need to be clothed, while being thoughtful and beautiful.
And few things can replace the pride that comes from creating a garment that I actually wear. Receiving compliments from friends and family is a pleasant side effect of the process.
Finishing a garment empowers the knitter to become so many other things. No matter what sort of negativity I encounter in my life, I can always point to the things I’ve made and say “I did that, and you can’t take that away from me.”
That confidence in my own ability to create enables me to grow as a person, to be a better mom, to take on bigger projects, and aspire to change my little corner of the world...one stitch at a time.