This morning has been productive in many ways. First off, farewell dissertation YAY! Finally. I had to just get that off my chest, it has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but I felt like sharing.
I also discovered that an ex colleague is a closet knitter! Well, closet isn’t quite fair, but I worked with her for 18 months and never knew she knitted. And boy can she knit!
There has been a theme running through my blog that you would have to be rather distracted not to notice. That theme happens to be the areas in which my knitting is, for want of a better word, rubbish. The focuses so far have been Fair Isle and circular needles. But it seems they are not the only places in which my knitting falls down a tad.
This morning I have been shown exactly what can be achieved with inspiration, talent and lots of hard work.
Take a gander at this link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lost-in-Knit/120869648037465
It is the work of the aforementioned ex colleague. See what I mean? That is some immense knitting and she did it all by herself in 3 months. I’m still flabbergasted.
What struck me about this was not only how impressive the work is, but the fact that she wasn’t taught to do this at university. I was quite honestly disgusted to find that a Fashion Design degree doesn’t teach its students how to hand knit. It’s becoming more and more obvious that knitting is only passed down by family and friends. It simply isn’t a part of formal education, and yet sewing is.
Although this morning has been a very humbling experience (I know now just how much further I could take my knitting, and can only hope I have the skills to do it well) I do still consider myself a knitter before any other craft. I like to sew, I like to draw, I like to cook and bake, but knitting is where my heart is. And it breaks my heart that people aren’t more exposed to knitting.
In talking to my seriously talented friend, she said “People aren’t really bothered about knitting”. And it’s true, but I wish they were! For something that is so relaxing and yet challenging and productive and yet creative, it is so under valued and dismissed as a granny hobby.
When you can knit anything from a chic beret to a snuggly jumper what’s not to love?
Anyway, that’s enough ranting from me. I just think it’s sad that such a great tradition and skill is in danger of falling by the wayside. It is always encouraging and inspiring to see young people with so much talent and pouring it into knitting. As I’ve started advertising my friend, I’m just going to carry on. Check this out too: http://www.emilyknits.co.uk/index.html I personally love the grey dress she designed (see! She designs too! Still in shock…)