My Virtual Sanity

Have you ever felt the need to share your thoughts with virtual strangers just so you can pretend that you have adult conversations during the day? Well, that's what I'm about to do. Be prepaired for my life as a stay at home, obsessive knitter, and my attempts to stay connected with the rest of the world.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Process or Product

Are you a Process knitter or a Product knitter? Do you knit for the pleasure of the process, or for the finished product? If you were stranded on a desert island with only the knitting project you took with you on the plane would you finish it and then go look for wild grasses or something to knit thereafter (Product)? Or would you rip it out and start again because the thought of not having ANYthing to knit, no matter what it is, is just too horrible (Process)?

This was our Question of the week on my knitting parent's group this week and it has got me seriously thinking. I'm afraid that I have to admit that I am a split personality knitter. Meaning, that it depends on the day on which I am. In general I am a product knitter. I pick out a pattern that I like and then knit until it is done. I will leave mistakes in it simply because I can't bring myself to frog it. True, sometimes I'll just make "something" so that I can practice a new technique, or stitch pattern, but I think this is still a progress thing, even if I rip it out later. I am knitting for the purpose of seeing the finished lace, or mastering a technique, not for the purpose of feeling the yarn run through my fingers (well, not JUST for that purpose).

There are times, however, when my inner process knitter comes out. The last 2 days have been like that. There is a scene in "The emperor's New Groove" (you know you're a mom when you relate life to where the peasant Pacha comes home to his kids and very pregnant wife. The scene goes something like this:
Wife: "What did the emperor want?"
Pacha: "Uhhhh... He couldn't see me"
Wife: "What?! Well, that's just rude! If I wasn't pregnant I'd march right down there and give him a piece of my mind!"
Pacha: "Think of the baby"
Wife: *Frustrated Snort as she turns to stomp back into the house* "I've got to clean something"

Some people clean when they get upset. If you've ever seen my house, you would know that this is not me. I clean because I have to. After a long day of just the kids and I, the repeatedly screaming in the car, and them continuing to do exactly the opposite of what I told them, I had had it. I turned to my husband after dinner and said "I need to knit something" with that same expression that Pacha's wife had. It didn't matter what I knit. It could be a completely useless chunk of knitting, but I needed to hold needles in my hands and feel the yarn going back and forth. I needed to let my hands focus on a simple mindless task and let my mind slip into meditation. I cast on a sock, which I tried on my son the following morning, saw it was too big and happily ripped it out. It didn't matter to me that I had knit all evening and now had nothing to show for it. My goal hadn't been knitting a sock, it had simply been to be knitting. I think that socks are my stress project. They are honestly the only item that I truly crave to knit. They are simple, predictable, progress quickly, and are mostly made up of very meditative round and round stockingette. Some days my brain craves the stimulation of lace, or cables, or something, but when you just need to "knit" nothing beats a good, boring, sock.

Now, please excuse me, I've got a toddler sock to rip out. The foot is 1 inch too short for my little


Blogger FugueStateKnits said...

I know what you mean about process and product. I also remember vividly what it was like to spend a day screaming and feeling like I needed to get away. Thankfully, my six kids are grown. Now I've got grandkids, LOL:)
Knitting was a way to space out while actually accomplishing something. Now it's a way to get away from work (yes, there IS life after kids, LOL) and let ideas percolate in the background - or it provides a guilt-free way to watch TV:)
FYI - My brother lives in Denver, cannot for the life of me remember the name of the neighborhood, LOL:)
You will get through the child rearing part and realize it was worth it!
Take care,
Ellicott City, MD

8:47 AM  
Blogger Serendipity said...

That's so funny. My sister started a "Stitch N Bitch" club a while ago that my mom and I are in as well. We were just knitting on Palm Sunday when my sister started asking us if we were Product Knitters or Process Knitters. My mom and I both agreed with Product but my sister is more of a Process. Sure, she picks out patterns that have a Product that she wants, but she knits every night. I have to show her your story because I'm sure that's her every night. LOL

That's funny.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Serendipity you knit?! Lol it is a small world :D

12:14 PM  
Blogger Serendipity said...

Correction....I attempt to knit.
To date I've completed a beenie and a dish towel. Not really enough to say that I actually knit LOL.

But yeah, you're welcome to come knit with ut if you'd like. It's usually 1 Sunday a month, around 7 pm. I'll keep you posted when I get the info for the next one!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Serendipity said...

Oh more thing...Serendipity doesn't knit, the real me does. I'm supposed to use Blogspot for Sere only, but....I don't have one of these things for myself.

Just in case you were confused.

11:58 PM  

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