Tuesday, November 27, 2012

If I knit fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?

“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, "Oh, I wish I could knit, but I'm just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that." How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren't wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.

I will remember that not everyone understands. I will resist the urge to ask others what they do when they watch TV.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

I too am accused of telling myself I am 'wasting time' when I knit.
But as any committed (as in crazy obsessed) knitter knows
it's an addiction with no side effects.
So lately I've been doing alot of sittin...
which I balance by taking looooong walks (as in an hour and a half).
There are times I work on projects that never end
as in this one here
or this one

And then there are those projects that I want to see done quickly.
More like 'instant gartification'
Which is an oxymoron in the knitting world.
I've been doing just that lately.

This beret came about as a result of leftover yarn from the project below
that did take a loooong time to make
but so well worth it....
my favorite CHEVRON stitch for a favorite girl's birthday.

Warm and sparkly
like the daughter I made it for...
Love this one below.
quick, easy and fasionable!
on to my next project...
At the end of the day
“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
Elizabeth Zimmermann


Henchy said...

Definitely knitted that one fast. It was just a ball of yarn just 2 days ago!!! Love it.

Linda Kittmer said...

How could this ever be considered a waste of time?! You're creating wonderful, handmade wearable art that is one of a kind! I love the one in the first pic. The colours are fabulous! Keep on knitting and don't let the negative voices in!

Mom said...

I don't know what you call it . . . but R's head covering is really beautiful. Nice job!

CHANNAH said...

Of course knitting is aerobic! Didn't you know? ;-)

Please do share yarn & pattern info for your gorgeous creations. I'm especially wondering what yarn the multi-colored hat and scarf were made from.

Thanks for all the beauty and inspiration!