Things I Learned Because of Knitting

Happy Wednesday!

I know some of you had a long weekend with their families – I hope you had fun!

This weekend I was rereading the interviews I did with all the amazing crafters – World Crafters. I asked all of them what their craft meant to them and what “gifts” they get from it. I love their honest and open answers and it is amazing how sometimes such simple little things as a handmade craft can change so much in your life!

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As for me one of the greatest gifts I got from the craft is the desire to learn, not for work, not for school, not for university, but just for myself. Here are some random things I learned from knitting.

Things I Learned Because of Knitting

  1. Value my time. Before knitting I used to come home from the university/work, do something here and there and all of a sudden realize that it was already late, I have to go to bed to get enough sleep before the next day. Right now I am much more conscious about my time and organize it is much better, because I want to fit in as much creativity as I can into my daily life!
  2. Photography. I am definitely not a professional photographer and I have tons to learn, but because I really wanted to capture the texture, color and overall beauty of a handmade piece, of yarn or to visually share some knitting/crochet techniques, the words “exposure”/”shutter speed”/”aperture” mean at least something to me now and I am fascinated and eager to learn more and more!!! Before knitting I was absolutely indifferent to photography, but right now I have my favorite photographers whose work I admire and would love to learn more about this form of art.
  3. Being more open. Most of the time I am an introvert. Though I love working with people, my happiest place is being alone with nature or at home. I used to be very suspicious of social media platforms and only after I started knitting, I realized how much I wanted to meet new friends to share my passion with!
  4. Being more aware of slow fashion. During my university years I was slightly obsessed with Vogue, I loved this visual library of textiles and forms, but I never looked at them from the maker’s perspective. I am still fascinated by it, but right now I am more interested in the story behind a piece of garment. This is why I love so much Knitting Inspiration series – it is not just about fashion, but about people who put their heart and soul into their work!
  5. You can learn anything if you want to philosophy.Β I was brought up in the post Soviet Union society where the change of a life path or professional path was frowned upon. It was a common philosophy to believe that if you are bad at math at school, you are definitely a humanitarian and you should stay so for the rest of your life πŸ™‚ I am so happy I shook this off and I feel so much more free and open minded.
  6. Being more fiber conscious. I am very careful now when choosing clothes in the store. I almost never wear synthetics right now and always try to opt for natural materials. I am also extremely interested in all the diversity of fiber out there, I love researching about their origin, properties and use!
  7. Mistakes are the lessons, not failures. Life is amazing, isn’t it? You learn such big things from such simple little things as a handcraft. But I got the philosophy of looking at mistakes in my life as something that I need to experience in order to learn something rather than a drawback, it may sound ridiculous, but this realizationΒ came to me through knitting and is spread in all areas of my life now.

I would love to ask you what did you learn fromΒ knitting (crochet, spinning, weaving, sewing, painting, embroidery…)?

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Have a wonderful day today!


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38 Comments

  1. I would have to say I have learned that I am more creative than I thought I was. I am totally in love with colors. Knitting has made me so aware of shades and things that work together. Like you, I also learned so much about photography! I look forward to learning so much more and improving my skills.

    • “I would have to say I have learned that I am more creative than I thought I was.” – this is exactly how I feel, Donna! I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person before picking up a skein of yarn!

  2. Oh, Alina, what a glorious list! I was nodding along & “aha-OMG” with so many of your points. Especially love and agree with being more conscious of fibers now when purchasing textiles, clothing, etc. I love how much I learn with each new pattern I try when knitting now. Gotta keep the dementia at bay in the distant future and I don’t like crosswords or Suduko-ha! Knitting also gives me a welcome oasis to retreat to in the midst of my crazy mothering life right now. Absolutely calms my frazzled mind. Lovely lovely post today!

    • Thank you, Ruby! I am so glad this post resonated with you! Craft has definitely become a welcome oasis for so many of us. I guess it is our so-much needed “me-time”…

  3. What a great post…..lots of things learned from crafting…

  4. Such an interesting post – I too was nodding away, agreeing with so much that you say, but I don’t think I’ve ever articulated it as you have. How easy it is to just glide along in life, thoughtless – and then the time has gone and you haven’t really focussed on what is special to you, how you can best achieve that. I do think that knitting – and other “making” – are undergoing a most healthy renaissance – but it is so much more than before when people made their own things because it was a cheap way to make garments. Nowadays it goes deep into the structure of life, makes you think of the materials you use and how they affect our planet, how we spend our time, our desire for clothing – and new possibilities open up, new horizons beckon, new friendships too.

    • Thank you, Katherine! I so agree about craft “undergoing a most healthy renaissance”. In my childhood handcraft was a necessity, the store shelves were empty and it was impossible to find good clothes, forget about good materials. I remember the 90-s when consumerism “finally” took over my country. Handmade clothes became an item of shame actually, because it meant that you are too poor to buy “real” clothes. I am so happy that period didn’t last long and right now the appreciation for quality and not quantity is back.

  5. What a fantastic post! And, yes – I agree, creating changes your life. Knitting for me is a tie to the past that is current and is also something for the future. It has taught me to appreciate things that “take time” and it has helped me through adversity and has been my companion in joy.

  6. Consciousness and mindfulness. Even if I can, say, sit at my spinning wheel and spin for an hour on autopilot, I don’t, because it’s a better experience (and product) if I’m there, feeling, watching, adjusting, and planning what the yarn will be (even if it will be another color in the someday pile). I have also learned that fibers and fiber arts have an aura that can draw people to you – your tribe – and draw you to people who can teach you and appreciate you. And yes, I have realized that creativity comes in many forms.

    Wonderful post!

    • Thank you for sharing, Melanie! Mindfulness is definitely one of the greatest gifts I got from knitting as well. We spend so much time in our heads sometimes, thinking/overthinking, without noticing the simple things around us…

  7. I have learned that it is ok to slow down and do something just because I enjoy it πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for sharing, Adrienne! The most difficult thing for me was always relaxing, maybe that’s why I fell in love with yoga during my university years, because there I HAD TO relax πŸ™‚ But only with knitting the true appreciation of slowing down came to me!

  8. I love your lists of things learned because of knitting, Alina. I agree with much of it and realize many of these benefits, too. I enjoyed reading the other comments, too. Lots of food for thought, here.

  9. I can identify with so much of this, even as I have really just started my journey into knitting. My previous time dabbling in sewing coupled with this new found love of the knitting process has brought much more motivation to my personal time, drawn my attention to the details you mentioned, and fostered an appreciation for well-made garments. I can remember as a teen flipping through fashion magazines thinking that it would be so cool to design and make my own clothes. Now, as an adult, I am finally returning to that energy and creative spark… really learning some skills and gaining experience. Maybe some day I really will design and make my own clothes πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I remember that first feeling when I just learned how to knit and purl and my mind was swirling with excitement that I can actually make my own clothes and have a total control of where it comes from, how it fits, etc. Of course it took a lot of time to learn the basics of the garment making, but 7 years later I am happy to say that I don’t need to buy knitwear from the store! I am sure you will soon design your own knitwear wardrobe, Ravenna!

  10. Excellent lessons all! One recent lesson that I learned (after several failed attempts at learning a new cast-on) is to be patient with myself. To keep on trying. To use all the great resources available on the internet & YouTube. To take heart in the wonderful words of encouragement from an amazing community of knitters. Learning something new sometimes take several tries but it will finally click into place in it’s own time.

    • Thank you so much for sharing! Knitting taught me that learning takes time, but if you are patient and consistent and are willing to spend as much time as needed, you can learn anything you want! Maybe it is a little bit idealistic, but I do believe in it πŸ™‚

  11. I think I learnt that sometimes we have to wait for the right moment so that all the pieces can fall into place. I learnt to knit decades ago and I was very bad at it and didn’t like it at all. I never knit anything in all the time inbetween but I knew I’d remember the basic things like cast on, purl and knit. Then I wanted to try to knit because of a friend of mine and it was so obvious and easy. I love learning new techniques and how it’s just one step after the next until all of a sudden there is a whole project done.

    • Thank you for stepping by, Corinne!! “Sometimes we have to wait for the right moment so that all the pieces can fall into place.” – this is a philosophy I am trying to embrace now in all areas of my life… I also find fascinating how knitting/crochet has both purely logical and creative sides to it! You follow the steps, one at a time and at the end you created something tangible…

  12. All good things. Knitting has taught me a lot as well…and it has made me a better person!

  13. I never really stopped to think about it, but I like all of your answers.
    Thinking about it, I want to say the power of friendship. I have made some of the best friends I’ve ever had through knitting, both on Ravelry and in my social groups. I don’t know where I’d be without them.

    • Oh, so good to hear from you, Lisa! We kind of got lost πŸ™‚ Knitting community is definitely the best! So supportive, so generous, so friendly!

  14. Thank you for posting this Alina! It’s true that knitting has taught me a lot about myself as well. Like the fact that I really hate to frog my work and would almost rather continue on with a visible mistake than unravel! But I am luckily getting over this habit. πŸ™‚ And I think the social aspect in knitting is extremely important as well. I really do feel that knitting brings people closer together!

    • Thank you for sharing, Susanne! I also hated the unraveling part and preferred to pretend it didn’t happen πŸ™‚ But now I always think – I spent so much time already on this piece, it is better to spend a little bit more time and have a project that I am 100% happy about.

  15. A lovely list–my sentiments, exactly.

  16. Oh my dear! Such a lovely post and comments! You got me thinking a lot about it! In my case, knitting has helped me in: 1)Overcome depression. It was so healing and made me feel so grateful! 2)Slow down my thoughts. Knitting is my kind of meditation. 3)Gave me a creative outlet that I had never dreamed I had in me, 4)Helped me save money since I don’t buy gifts anymore. I knit them. Especially for new babies, it is a huge money saver, 5)Helped me understand and love my figure. Now I’m making clothes that fit me perfectly, 6)I met wonderful people from all over the world that happened to be knitters! πŸ™‚ 7)I’m proudly admitting “I made it”! Such a feeling! 8) I’m still learning and keeping my brain running, 9) I think my English has improved big time! 10) I’m more patient, forgiving and willing to fix mistakes. Not only in knitting! 11)I’m happier. I remember a quote “Find what makes your heart and soul sing and do it every day, even for 5 minutes”. It has worked like a charm on me!
    I can continue this list forever! But I think instead of talking about knitting, I should actually knit πŸ˜‰
    PS : Thank you for making me realise all these.

  17. I’m not sure I can add anything to your wonderful list. Knitting has helped me connect with other people. It’s given me the courage to try to new things; taught me to keep trying; and proven that I am creative. It is just an amazing skill!

  18. I think I’ve learned that you can’t rush process, it takes time to create and the good stuff takes as long as it takes. It’s how I learn patience, and the finite quality of time!

    • Thank you for sharing, Julie! I think a lot of people who want to try handcraft are misled by the though that they HAVE TO be patient to knit/crochet/weave… But I also think that the patience is often a result of engaging in handcraft and not a quality that you need to have before you start!

  19. What an insightful piece of writing Alina. I love how eloquently you described the value of knitting. I totally agree with what you said. I did not realize until I started knitting daily how important it is to me to make time for creativity in my life. As you said, I have learned to use my time more wisely, to make sure I fit it in. Knitting also helped me to start to develop my photography skills, my writing skills through my blog, and to also recognize that it’s okay to make mistakes. I am much more at peace with myself since I started knitting.

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