Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Knitting thoughts

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. ~ R. D. Laing.

We live in a world of machines. Our world moves faster, bigger, and better with every moment. Machines replace humans and often do our jobs better.
 When you are knitting socks and sweaters and scarves, you aren't just knitting. You are assigning a value to human effort. You are holding back time. You are preserving the simple unchanging act of handwork.
I will remember that knitting is more meaningful than it seems.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. ~ Emile Zola.
Really, there are only two kinds of people who are going to understand about hand-knit socks: those who wear them and know the singular joy of perfect socks, and the knitters who have the pleasure of giving that exquisite experience. Everybody else thinks you must be a special kind of crazy to spend so much time making something that you could buy for $1.99 at the store.
The only way to educate the masses is to knit for them.
From: At knit's end: meditations for women who knit too much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
Thank you Yarn Harlot for expressing this so well.

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