There are so many adorable things to knit. Sometimes I wish I knew how. My grandmother tried to teach me when I was a mere 10 or 11 years old. I have proof.
It didn’t stick. But my mother taught me to sew and I have been hooked ever since. I’ve sewn clothes. I’ve sewn drapes and blinds and even attempted slip-covers. My mother also taught me to embroider when I was very young. I remember sitting on the back patio with her stitching some x’s on a cotton pillowcase. When I was in my early 20′s I learned to cross-stitch. When I was in my mid-30′s we moved to Alaska and I learned to quilt. Women got together during those long dark winters, quilting and cultivating friendships.
So quilting and stitching are enough for me. This is why I don’t knit:
Did you ever see the movie, Julie & Julia? I just love Julia Child.
Do you recall in that movie how Julia tried her hand at bridge and hat-making and probably many other pursuits before finding her passion – which was cooking, of course! Julia herself said that some people love to garden, some love to build boats in their basements – some like to create in the kitchen. I’ve tried knitting, crocheting, painting, sketching – all to no avail. Eventually, if we keep trying, we all find our “thing.” That thing or two that we’re good at and really enjoy. And if I’ve gained any bit of wisdom about creativity, it’s this:
We can do anything – just not everything.
This, too, is why I don’t knit.
How about you? What do you find you’re drawn to? What have you decided to leave alone? Do you have new things you still want to try?