lunes, 25 de agosto de 2008

The Easy Art of Knitting.

I hope that last week you had an excellent time full with many joyful hours of knitting. In my case my usual time dedicated to knitting had to be posponed a bit due to some unexpected things, some that made me reflect on the way we live our lives nowadays. I am positive and hope that some of you have reflected on the same thing I concluded after to many events happening one after the other: our lives have become way to complicated and there is no stopping.
What happened to me was the damage of yet another laptop due to a software problem and then my iPod lost all of its data and was unable to restore it. As you can imagine I was both stressed and very sad. After these events I just kept thinking, "do I need this? Not at all!"
To many nip codes, to many passwords, to many actions asked in order to perform many of our daily life activities. It is all so ridiculous! Perhaps this is the reason why I literally threw myself into knitting some years ago.

Knitting, such an amazing art. Could it get more simple than just a pair of needles and/ or hook and some yarn? It is a friendly and an easy-coming activity that surpasses any level of consideration as it can be a hobbie, a healing experience and a professional activity, individually or all at the same time. Ironically, if being compared with what I wrote above: instead of asking for complicated tasks in order to do simple things (I mean, technology is supposed to make our lives easier, right?), knitting comes the other way: in its basic form it is so simple and it only depends on you to take it into much more complex arenas, only if you want so. I love this, in my book this is called FREEDOM.

I am currently exercizing my freedom while still knitting my first Fair Isle (Jacquard) pullover. It can look complex but it won't delete or crash anything. If you make a mistake, you unravel and start over, in your time, whenever you are ready.

Still posting on knitting, while I went out to a market to forget about passwords and nip codes I was introduced to a technique that absolutely absorbed me: a knitting board. Has any of you tried it?
The owner of a little yarn store at the market taught me the basics of it while listening to the merchants sell their produce. Here in Mexico it is named "telar", in english "loom"; a mistake as looms are a completely different thing, but still this little knitting board and the simplicity of it healed me too from technology. Wow, I love it.
Check out what I knitted in just a day:

On other things I am currently trying to make a knitting diary by using my file at Ravelry. I have been taking pictures of everything that I have knitted and will soon add them up at "my notebook" at They are all a reflection of so many things lived through in my life. One of them is the following, and it represents a lesson I had to learn because unfortunately I will only be able to show you a picture of the project at the magazine:

The photo belongs to a sweater that I knitted for someone who was special back then. I was starting up in knitting and inspite of the many long evening hours spent, the results were very good. I gave it then as a gift and never thought I would lose track of it forever because eventhough I asked for a picture of it I never got it and so back then I learned to value my time and effort better and get wiser when it comes to giving away projects that have so much of me in them. If anyone asks me if I have suffered from the "curse of the boyfriend sweater" I have to answer yes, twice. Now I just knit scarfs :) :)

Thanks for reading, I am still recovering from last week.

Hasta Pronto!

4 comentarios:

Elisol dijo...

Hola amiga!!

Cuánta razón tienes Marie!! A veces cuando prescindimos de algunas cosas, nos damos cuenta que realmente no son tan necesarias como creíamos.

Así que aprendiste a usar el telar? Si quieres te llevo a la reunión de este domingo un libro que tengo de Isela Phelps para que te des más ideas.

Que tengas linda semana y ojalá que podamos juntarnos todas el domingo.

Betty dijo...

Hola Marie:

Percibo en tus líneas algo de melancolía, o será que estoy sensible?
Animo amiga.
Espero verte el domingo para mostrarte una revista de telar.
Saludos y un abrazo

Patrizia dijo...

I've been a victim of the boyfriend sweater curse once many years ago. Funny how life is...

Oh you are so right - who asks for something back after giving it to you? Aahh, but that's my dear Mother in law, full of wonder and so complex!! ;)

Patrizia dijo...

Hey Marie... as they say, you have to be in it to win it! I'm terrible like that - I must enter nearly every competition I come across.

Yes maybe I have fallen under the green spell... you have put the spell on me! ;) haha.

Hugs to you!