Mindful Activity: Knitting
People ask me to teach them to knit all the time. Number of people I’ve actually taught to knit? Zero. It’s not that I’m not willing to teach, quite the opposite! I’d be delighted to have someone to knit with! What I keep bumping into with my friends and family and their oh-so-good intentions is that they kind of miss the point of knitting, of the process. What I mean is, I don’t knit a sweater just to have a sweater. I knit a sweater to knit a sweater.
When I was in art school process vs product was often a topic of conversation. Is the process or the finished piece more important? I suppose this answer could be different for everyone, but for me the process is just as and sometimes more important than the finished piece. Do I enjoy having a tangible object at the end of the day? Of course! But knitting is also about the making of the thing, whatever that thing may be. It’s about feeling the weight of the needles in my hands, being conscious of the soft wool sliding through my fingers, watching an object grow with intention, stitch by stitch.
When I knit, I am calmed. I am present. One stitch at a time. One moment at a time.
In today’s goal-oriented world, I fear this living and creating with intention is something that is being lost. What are your thoughts?