First of all, thank you to all of you who stopped by and said hello! And a bigger thanks to Dave for letting you know I'm here. He is a peach!
So, to the question at hand: Why I knit....
I think I was 10 or 11 when I learned, and for many years I took on project after project, never finishing them. Sure, there was the sweater for a sister-in-law that took 3 years (oy...), numerous afghans that were either knitted or crocheted (yes, I can do that, too!) and never saw completion to warm someone on a chilly evening. Why? Beats the hell out of me. I guess my attention span back then wasn't long enough to get me to the end... So, after years of starting things, and then college and then the work force, knitting stopped for many years.
I took knitting up again about 2 months ago because I had this need to create. Normally, when I create, it's always directing a play or musical, or conducting a chorus or church choir, or some other form of performing arts (I teach music, so all of these things outside of school became nothing more than an extension of my job).
So, after years of living my life as a constant rehearsal or performance, I took a little time off. (Can you say "Burned out"??) Gave up the church choir. Gave up the Community Chorus. Even gave up the high school musical for a year. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Came home after school, walked the dog, and stayed in. By myself. Alone.
AND LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! It was really very nice to have home time, dog time, and Paul time. I read. I cooked. I cleaned. I purged my apartment of anything I held on to for years that had absolutely no use in my life. I found my kitchen table that I hadn't seen in months (Dave must be cringing at that statement. lol.) My life was starting to have order. What it didn't have, was a creative outlet. What it also didn't have, was a social outlet. I, in turn, put up so many walls between myself and any living human being, that there really was no social outlet, either. And the kinda weird thing about that was, it really didn't bother me. I liked being by myself. (Also, having had a very rough year at school the year before, people were not high on my list of good things... Long story, not important - not going there. No need to.) But I needed SOMETHING...
So, one day in January, I did a google search - men who knit. And the doors flew open, and finally, here I am. I'm a man. And I knit.
I knit to create. I knit to give my hands something to do. I knit to keep busy so I don't stuff my face because I'm bored. I knit to try new techniques and patterns. I knit because I can. And I can quite well, if I do say so myself. LOL! I'm not going to set the world on fire with my projects. I'm not going to publish designs for yarn companies. I'm not going to knit because I have to make gifts for people and make deadlines to have things finished. I knit to keep me sane. I knit to keep me busy. I knit. It doesn't matter if I knit for hours, if I knit for a couple of minutes, or if I spend an evening not knitting a single stich. It's not a race. It's not to make more stress in my life. It's because I can, when I can, when I want to. And I'm very happy with that.
Knitting has also introduced me to this community of online bloggers and knitters who share their projects, their knitting, and their friendship. You know what I mean. The wonderful comments, the e-mails, the suggestions, the help, the concerns and the laughs. And I thank you all for all these things that you have given me. So, we'll keep knitting, laughing, sharing, blogging and creating.
So, I'm pretty happy knitting with all of you. And honored to be in your company! Have a great night! Paul