Now that the holidays, along with my last minute rush to finish gifts, are over, I have slowed down knitting a little bit. I work it into my days/weeks more so now to give myself a time of relaxing and meditation.
I realized that despite all of the knitting I did last year (excluding a few things for around the house) I hadn’t knit anything for myself. I decided that this needed to be changed and wanted to do something practical. I needed a pair of fingerless gloves for work. Fingerless gloves are a perfect choice because you can still type and your hands stay warm.
As usual, my first stop was Ravelry to do a pattern search. For me, pattern searches are often like looking at “one” video on YouTube and I come away from the computer a few hours later. I didn’t find any I was in love with and decided to just design my own. Who doesn’t think that right away?
So after my last post, several people asked me why I just designed patterns rather than searching beyond just Ravelry for one that already exists. The truth about why I design patterns comes in three parts:
- I do search, but tend to find pieces of patterns that I like and in some cases (like this) not a full pattern.
- It’s fun! I love puzzles and to me, taking pieces of patterns that I like and using them as inspiration for new patterns is like putting together a puzzle.
- Because I can.
Yes, I know that number 3 is stuck up, but it’s true. I’ve been granted an amazing gift of falling into knitting and picking it up pretty close to instantly. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to pick up a great hobby that is relaxing, meditative, and productive. Along with figuring out how to knit items quickly, I realized I could pull types of stitches together to come with a pattern quickly as well. My mom’s scarf was my 4th project and, though it is very basic and needs some tweaking, I figured it out myself.
I recently saw this great short video on YouTube (see, it’s dangerous, I had been on looking up a knitting technique) called Profile: Joelle Hoverson. Hoverson owns a yarn and fabric store in NYC called Purl. In the video, Hoverson says, “When you knit something for someone, you’re thinking about them. I think it just conveys love.” I totally agree. I also think that when I design a pattern to knit for someone it puts even more love into what I’m working on.
So I guess there is sometimes a fourth reason why I design patterns (in the cases where I’m making a gift at least): It shows that I care a great deal about the person I’m knitting this item for and want to design something just for them.