“Knitting is the Saving of Life”

18 Sep

Virginia Woolf once wrote that “knitting is the saving of life”. Unfortunately, not even knitting could save Virginia Woolf in 1941, when she took her own life. I didn’t know that Virginia Woolf was a prolific knitter until recently when one of the newsletters I read mentioned it. Woolf’s quote about knitting got me to thinking more about the significance of knitting to me.

Throughout my short knitting life, I have gotten all sorts of reactions when I tell people that I knit. I’ve heard all sorts of stereotypes. A friend of mine even asked “but, why?” All I know is that knitting has saved me when I needed an outlet. When I am stressed and when I am blue, knitting helps me get on with life. That is the reason why knitting came back into my life during law school after a long hiatus. Maybe it’s the repetitive movement of my hands and fingers over yarn and the clacking of the needle sticks. Maybe it’s the finished product that gives me a sense of satisfaction that I’ve accomplished something, created something. What I do know for sure, is that much like painting to the artist, writing to the writer, knitting provides me with a calming outlet. It’s something to get lost in while the world around me goes crazy. Needless to say, I don’t think I will be taking long hiatuses from knitting anymore.

To all those of you that think that knitting is something only grandmas do: walk into a yarn shop you’ll see how wrong you are! I would venture out to say the age ranges of knitters are spread out pretty evenly, but thank you to all the older knitters who know everything there is to know about knitting and help the younger and newer knitters like me!

“Young and In Stitches”


4 Responses to ““Knitting is the Saving of Life””

  1. woolandchocolate September 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I really like this post. I am also an avid knitter, and it cracks me up how that becomes so much of who I am. I am Shelly, the Knitter. I know people who surf, sew, arrange flowers, garden, dress their dogs etc… They don’t seem to get the reaction I get. Weird, huh?

    • craftynycgirl September 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

      Haha. I’ve gotten some very ridiculous stereotypes. But yes, it’s very true what you say. I guess that some find it so odd that people knit that they start to define people by that, whereas gardening or surfing is less odd?

  2. kiwiyarns September 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Very well put. I’ve lost count of the number of posts I’ve read today that say something along the lines of what you’ve just said. But you say it very eloquently. There’s something to be said for knitting!

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