Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Slow Knitting.........

Slow Knitting: A Journey from Sheep to Skein to Stitch by Hannah Thiessen
"Like the “slow food” movement, Slow Knitting encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. In five chapters centered around the tenets of slow knit­ting—sourcing carefully, making thoughtfully, thinking environmentally, experimenting fearlessly, and exploring openly—Hannah Thiessen challenges knitters of all skill levels to view their practice in a new way. Each chapter contains explorations of fiber types; profiles of well-known yarn types, makers, and yarn suppliers; and garment patterns inspired by the featured fibers. With contributions from knitting superstars Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, and many others, Slow Knitting proposes an approach to knitting that is both minimalist and all-encompassing, and emphasizes what makes knitting a meditation, a passion, and a unique necessity."

(book blurb directly from here)

I got an email from Knitcrate advertising this book.  I am a slow knitter; not through choice, but because "I am a slow knitter."  When I was reading the "blurb" about the book, it actually makes sense.  When making things by hand it's not about how fast you can finish it but how much love and thought you put into each project.

We live in such a fast paced environment that I think you lose track of how to do things slow and simple.  As with everything in life I think it does help if you stop and think about where things come from; how it came to be and what processes it had to go through to be a product you would use.

I think the quote:

"Slow down and smell the roses,"

comes to mind.  Maybe we should all try to do this?

Will I buy the book, not sure, but it does sound interesting.


William Kendall said...

Good for someone who's into that.

angela said...

Exactly. It’s not the destination it’s the journey
And knitting, crochet or what ever craft your into is bout enjoying and relaxing
It isn’t about churning out products. That’s what the factories and shops are for