When I first came to knitting, I was a product knitter. I’ve always been a lover of clothing, so I was easily seduced by the idea of making something I could wear. When I was a kid, I could spend hours with those fashion plate toys, mixing and matching outfits to make a rubbing of a new combo to then color in.
It was exciting in my early knitting days to simply feel like I had control of the color and texture of the yarn I chose for my finished garment. I could coordinate my winter hat and scarf with the coat I already had. As a Fashion Merchandising major in college, there was a certain satisfaction with getting a compliment for something I was wearing, and being able to share that I had made it. To this day, there is still a thrill to that feeling.
As I turned to my craft more and more, realizing its benefits to my stress levels, I began to enjoy simple garter stitch projects in a way I hadn’t earlier in my knitting timeline. I looked for difficult patterns and stitches when I needed a mental challenge or stimulation. I started to swatch (gasp!). It took me awhile to realize, but I had crossed over into the process knitter camp.
It dawned on me that I had so many projects going because it no longer mattered to me whether I finished them or not. Simply working on them was enough. Certainly, there are still times where the sparkle of a new sweater or the promise of a new design catches me off guard and I knit like the wind to be able to wear that new knitted thing. Now more than ever, I’m realizing that my knitting is a journey, not a destination.
How about you? Would you consider yourself a product or a process knitter? Have you changed in the time since you started? Leave a comment here on the blog to share!
Happy (Product or Process!) Knitting!
P.S. Since I’m in the home stretch finishing up my e-book “End The Stash Struggle,” I’m opening up the pre-sale one more time! Now through January 15th, you can get in on the $20 pricing, and have the option to get your book early, and participate in test knitting if you’d like! Head over to www.stitchspaceyarn.com/stashbook to take advantage of this offer! The full book won’t be out until Late February, and will be going up in price then!
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