I like to knit. Crocheting is nice, too, but I tend to knit much more often. I think I prefer the patterning of knitting to that of crocheting. Crocheting to me is like hipster headbands, baby blankets, and huge afghans. Whereas knitting is more anything clothing, and even various accessories, too (think bags and such). So, while I do both, I tend to knit more than crochet.
That being said, the thing I knit the most is scarves. Why? Because they are simple and rather quick, and it is utterly satisfying to have something materialize before my eyes so quickly, and with what feels like such little (and typically meditative) effort. It’s always a sort of medicine for me, I think, making scarves. I often just make them, simply because I’ve come across a yarn that I particularly like and can see being a fabulous scarf. I find someone to whom I can give it eventually, usually… sometimes, anyway.
I do tend to make a lot of scarves as gifts in this manner, though. Sometimes I actually go to the store when there’s a sale, and I bring a list of people for whom I want to make scarves this year, and I pick out yarns for each of their scarves. I almost always get a few extras for unexpected add-ons to the list later on.
I had done just this recently, and was doing some volunteering for the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Championship, when several of the weightlifters and coaches saw my scarf-making. They would pass by me on their way to a meal, and comment on the fact that I was knitting at my station. (My response to the inquiries were that I was simply working on Christmas presents. Which I was.) When they were later leaving from their meal, they would be shocked and would comment on the great progress I had made in the scarf – it typically took me a single shift to make a full scarf (if that long). And, eventually, some of these people either asked or hinted (and I, of course, offered) for me to make a scarf for them.
So, that week sent my scarves around the world to France, either Guatemala or Ecuador (I honestly don’t remember which – I just remember that they team had lots of yellow on their warm-ups, I always spoke to the girl in Spanish, and they were from somewhere down south of Texas), and Italy. Now, I have scarves currently residing in Japan from this year’s Christmas presents, and future Canadian, Jamaican, and Australian residents.
For whatever reason, this incredibly excites me. Not only do I travel the world in little bits, but so does my art! 😀
Who knew scarves could travel so far and wide?