Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Mason-Dixon knitters help answer a nagging question:Why knit?

Posted in Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , at 11:50 pm by Elaine Petrowski

One part of the fun at the amazing NYS Sheep and Wool Festival last weekend was taking a  break with a cup of coffee (and in a much-welcomed chair, after several hours of walking) to listen to the Mason-Dixon knitters who were meeting their fans and talking up their new book Mason-Dixon Knitting, Outside the Lines.

The Mason-Dixon knitters - Ann Shayne (l) and Kay Gardiner

The Mason-Dixon knitters - Ann Shayne (l) and Kay Gardiner

These two funny, bright, personable, approachable women, Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, first met online, sharing info about their knitting projects. Kay lives in NYC and Ann in Nashville ( hence the Mason-Dixon)  and they became fast friends who eventually decided to write the knitting book they couldn’t find, and are now on ragingly successful book #2.

As a lifelong knitter, ( I don’t even remember who taught me. Seems I’ve just kind of always known how.) they helped me to clarify an answer to my knitter’s eternal existential question: Why do I knit ?

Because, they wisely point out, knitting:

  • is ongoing creativity
  • allows us to make things with our hands
  • allows us to play with color
  • is hypnotic
  • is meditative

So then, if you knit,  why is it that you do?