Who Knits and Why? And a CONTEST!

Collage-wall-The-Loopy-EweI have an idea for this blank wall in our shop. I had this idea for our St. Louis shop, but there was never a really good wall to use. Wall space is valuable in a shop! However, this one needs to stay shelf-free because otherwise the aisle gets too narrow. We could hang a quilt there, but I have a better idea. I’d like to do an inspirational collage with photos and text. That’s where you come in!

As I was going through Pinterest today during lunch, I realized that there are a lot of old pictures of knitters out there. I don’t mean elderly knitters. I mean the photos were taken a long time ago. Where are the current photos of people knitting and having fun? Young, old, male, female, groups and singles? To look at the photos, you’d think this was an art that dyed out more than 50 years ago. See what I mean?

So what I’d like to do with this wall is to feature pictures of knitters (knitting alone or in knitting groups), and include quotes from people about why they knit. Would you like to be on our wall, inspiring others? I’d love for you to send us photos of you and/or your friends knitting. (send them to: jberger@theloopyewe.com) Include a note that tells us where you are from, if you’d like us to add that to the photo. We’d like to show that knitting is fun for everyone, and still alive and well in the world! I’d also love to know why you knit. Why is it important to you? What does it do for you? Is it something you’ll do forever, or until a new hobby comes up? Do you come from a long line of knitters, or are you the first in your family? Leave a comment below and let us know. We’ll print out some of your comments to include with the photos on the wall.

As a thank you for your help with this project, we’ll be drawing some winners from the participants! We’ll draw a name from the comments below (answering the question, “Why do you knit?”) for a $25 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate. If you email us a photo, we’ll enter you into an additional contest, where you could win a special package from us. If you send us a photo of your whole knitting group and you win, we’ll mail you a box with a gift for everyone in the photo!

Of course I’ll share a photo of the wall when we’re done. I hope your picture or comment will be up there!

Sheri whomighthavetoaddtheJackBauerphototothewallaswell

170 comments

  1. I started knitting to help me quit smoking (which I did). I know it isn’t a glamorous answer but it is an honest one. So I needed something to do with my hands. It is really hard to do much when you hand are full of yarn, needles, and maybe even tracking a pattern. It helps me mentally unwind. Also it helps me relax (again substitute for the nicotine). So I bring my knitting everywhere – hockey games, swim team practice, doctors office, anywhere that I know I will have to wait for a period of time. I have been teased that there is always a knitting project in my bag but that is the way it will always be. I will always have a big stash of yarn and l love the whole process. And there are several people who have benefited from my habit. šŸ™‚

  2. I love the feel and colors of yarn- I Knit and Spin because it is so relaxing and when I am done I have such a feeling of accomplishment! Putting colors together – even when it doesn’t turn out as expected- is exciting. Getting to squish and stroke the fibers is calming. What’s not to love.
    All the women in my family were knitters, quilters, crocheters- it was just part of who they were and it became part of me.

  3. Hi Sheri
    I knit because I love it! I learned from my mom when I was maybe in the 3rd grade – there was a woman she was friendly with from church who taught me to crochet as well. Over the years, my knitting has gained in leaps & bounds but my crochet is still rudimentary. I also enjoy knitting with my church group now – my MIL is part of that group with a few of her friends now too. It’s a lot of fun to be in that atmosphere, among the wool fumes and the good company. I do enjoy a good solo knit from time to time too though – I try to keep a project with me for when I have tv time with the kitties – but in general, I believe I’m a Lifer. I look forward to teaching my future children when the time comes. šŸ™‚

  4. Like the t-shirt says, I knit so I don’t kill people. Ok maybe not kill them, but it helps me bite my tongue when confronted with frustration, whining, nagging or simply obnoxious people. Plus I get something tangible out of it whan I done.

  5. Why do I knit? I’d have to start with my first yarn-y love: crochet. Why did I learn to crochet? 2 reasons – because that’s what my Nana did, and because my mom knit.

    My Nana (my dad’s mother) was everything my mom was not – tiny (at 4 ft 11 in!), soft-spoken, dainty, graceful, and pretty. She wore make-up, always put on an apron when she was working in the kitchen, dressed up for dinner, and had white gloves that she’d put on to go to church. And she crocheted. I wanted to be just like her, so I asked her to teach me how. My first attempts looked nothing like her gorgeous doilies, but I persevered. At some point, my mom tried to teach me to knit, but I wanted nothing to do with her clunky craft. I wanted to be like my Nana, not like my mom. Crochet was my companion, my friend, my diary. Crochet helped me through the death of my Nana, and then my Grandpa. It comforted me after my first boyfriend broke up with me the day after Valentine’s day. It was sometimes the only thing I could accomplish in those darkest of days after my mom died. Later, after the birth of my first son, crochet helped me create a blanket for him. And again after the birth of my second son.

    It was only after son #3 was born, and we were preparing to move that knitting entered my life. All my yarns were packed up for the move, and I needed a yarn fix. I bought one of those little “knit your baby a hat” kits, and that was all I needed. Now, all 5 of my boys possess a wide variety of blankets, knitted and crocheted, some by their loving mom, some by my sister, and even a few that have been passed down from my mom and my Nana, who they will only know from my stories.

    So, to get back to the original point – why do I crochet? Because my Nana did, and every time I pick up a hook, I think of her, and know she’d be so proud of me. And why do I knit? Because my mom did, and every time I pick up those needles, I think of all the lost time we could have shared, crafting together, all because I wanted to be more like my Nana than my mom. The best part is – sometimes when I’m knitting, I look down at my hands, and I don’t see my hands – I see my mom’s – knitting away, making blankets for grandbabies she knew she’d never know. I can only hope that some of my craftings will still be around for those grandbabies and great-grandbabies that I’ll have someday. I knit/crochet because it connects me with the past and the future at the same time.

  6. I love to knit because it’s so relaxing. Sometimes I have even started to nod off while I’m knitting. It also relieves stress and I just like to create beautiful things.

  7. I started knitting as a way to cope with grief. I was laying in bed, having just miscarried my child. My mom brought over some needles and yarn, hoping to occupy my mind with something else. She showed me but I just couldn’t grasp it at the time. I laid there for days staring at the yarn while I ached inside. Then I picked it up and started knitting. I knitted through several more miscarriages and finally, I knitted for my daughter – who is now almost 5 years old.

    During the time I had miscarriages, I would take care of my grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s. She would sit and hold the yarn, smoothing it with her hands. I would knit her little scarves to play with, a hat, slippers (that she would throw at me), even a little stuffed kitten. She couldn’t communicate easy but she loved the yarn and loved just watching me knit. She passed away when my daughter turned two.

    Now, my daughter is asking me how to knit and I will teach her. Years from now, when someone asks why she knits, her response may be that she was taught as a child and that she has always enjoyed it. I will look on knowing, that it’s so much more than that. Without knitting to get me through – she might not have even been her to knit herself.

    Why do I knit? A bit of my heart, my life is entwined with each stitch. I knit for Grief and Happiness, Life and Death, Young and Old.

  8. I knit because I like to create things and challenge myself with new techniques. I knit because it takes the stress out of my busy days. I knit because I would be lost without it. I think of myself as more of a process knitter, although I do like to wear and give away the FOs.

    I knit because it grounds me in a way nothing else can.

  9. Knitting has been in my life for over 50 years.My aunt Judith taught me when I was 7.Through good and bad it has always been there to.Working on getting the grandaughters to knit though dear daughter lets me know I failed to teach her.Through stressful times those needles have moved at lightening speed(2 bouts with cancer/loss of oldest son and parents illnesses and death) The joyous times of relaxing with friends and sharing creativity,or the excitement of making a special gift for new grand child or other new family member is wonderful.I have also learned that handknit socks are so much more comfortable than storebought.

  10. I mostly knit for my own therapy. It soothes my anxiety and keeps me sane. I always have knitting with me, even if I know that I won’t have the time or opportunity, knowing it’s in my bag is calming. It’s also a way to show my family I care, and most of them have many of my handknits in their wardrobe!

  11. I knit to pass the time at doctor’s offices, meetings and any other time I am just doing nothing productive.

    I knit to take my mind off of troubles with life, kids and work. I knit for others. Very rarely do I knit for myself. I like to brighten another person’s day, and that in return brightens mine too.

  12. I knit for fun, relaxation and sanity! Truly, I love how I can just enjoy the quiet and let my mind wonder while I knit . . . . unless I’m knitting lace and then a wondering mind can be a very bad thing! šŸ˜€ Knitting is my “go to” thing and I’m always anticipating when I can pull out a project and work on it. There’s just something so beautiful about the rhythm of the needles working the yarn and creating fabric out of a ball of string. I love it!

  13. I knit because it’s fun and relaxing. Knitting keeps my hands busy, I can do it almost anywhere, and the results are wonderful. Don’t we all love it when someone says, “That’s beautiful; did you make it?”

  14. My grandmother and my mother knit, although both passed away before I took up knitting. I knit because I love to craft and knitting is so relaxing. I just sit down, pick up my knitting and I can watch tv, listen to an audiobook, listen to Pandora, or read on my Kindle. I get into a relaxed state and when I finish for the night, I am always amazed at what I have done!! Of course, the best part is always giving the item away and watching the recepient’s face. It just motivates me to go start another project (as if I don’t already have projects waiting!! šŸ™‚ )

  15. I jokingly answered this same question not long ago by saying I knit because the clacking of my needles silences the voices in my head. LOL In all seriousness though, I knit because it’s relaxing, satisfying, and empowering. The rhythmic sound of the needles is soothing. Seeing a work in progress grow is so satisfying. And for me there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing I can create fabric to warm my family and friends.

  16. Knitting takes my mind off all of life’s little problems. I enter a dream world where everything is perfect and the sun is always shining. I like to visit as often as possible.

  17. I started knitting because I wanted to do something while watching tv, something with my hands. I was an art student in college and always loved creating things, so it seemed like a logical choice. I was self-taught, but later learned that my Grandmas on both sides knit as did their sisters and mothers. Now I’m carrying on the tradition and I’m in two knitting groups and have inspired other people to start knitting too. I like to knit because it is relaxing and rewarding. I love making things for people who appreciate them and wear them with pride. When I have children, I hope they carry on the tradition too.

  18. Knitting is my passion. It is the one area of my life where I am fearless. If I make a mistake or don’t like the yarn I chose for a pattern, I just frog it and start again. I love trying new techniques, new stitches, new patterns. I love giving my knitting away. I love wearing it myself. I’m grateful to my Grandma for teaching me.

  19. I knit because I find it soothing – like meditation – but also because it is a way to make more productive use of my time while watching movies or tv. I live having a finished object to wear or give in the end!

  20. Knitting is my creative outlet. It’s also relaxing and a great social activity. I have made a lot of wonderful friends through knitting – I can’t imagine my life without it!

  21. As we all do, I love all the beautiful items that can be knitted and want those to come off of my needles and feel thrilled at what I have achieved. Sadly, my slow knitting (and quite limited time) and the distraction of the next new “shiny pretty thing” make me a terrible completer of projects! But I keep on, dreaming of the time when I can sit for hours and knit and complete(!) without feeling guilty of what is not being taken care of. But, now I would have to say that I knit because I have met a wonderful, fun community of knitters and I love spending time with them and talking about …everything! And they are quite the support group, too!

  22. I knit because it is relaxing, challenging, satisfying, and stimulating all at once. If I am in a good mood, I generally reflect on the good things that are happening in my life as I knit. When I am stressed or sad, knitting gives me a chance to clear my head and think practically about my current situation. Knitting is my friend no matter what!

  23. I knit for sanity, for relaxation. I knit because I can be creative and productive, even when I am not feeling creative and productive in other aspects of my life. I knit because I love yarn, and needles, and the pretty little stitches I can make with them. I knit for the satisfaction of creating something solid, something lasting, something beautiful, out of a hank of string. I knit because I love it!

  24. I knit because I love it. I get easily bored by TV shows and in meetings if I don’t have something to keep my hands busy. And living in rainy Oregon, I need an indoor hobby for the 9 months of the year that it rains.

  25. I especially love the photo of the gentleman knitter! For me knitting is a way to be creative while making something usefu or for a giftl; it’s a most portable craft and has given me a way to volunteer when I teach pregnant moms, who’re confined to bed in the hospital with tough pregnancies, how to calm their worries with yarn and knitting needles. In short, I knit because I love doing it!

  26. I knit to reduce stress, to keep me sane (well, realatively sane anyway!). I began knitting when my husband was sick and we spent so much time in doctors offices and in the hospital and I needed something to do while waiting and sitting and someone suggested learning to knit. What a life changing suggestion! I still knit to reduce stress in my life and to bring so much joy to my life with beautiful fibers and colors and magical products. But mostly its the process that relaxes me and makes me happy.

  27. I knit because it makes me happy! It soothes my soul and calms my mind. I love the memories it brings of my grandmother and mother, and I love the math. I’m a better person because I knit.

  28. I knit.
    I knit to stay busy. I knit to create.
    I knit to be reminded that at one time in my life I could not. Surviving a near fatal truck meets motorcycle accident that left my body crushed, sitting in a wheelchair for months with nothing to do but stare at a wall, one doctor appointment after another…when I was able to use my arms again I knitted to stay sane. I knitted to help me learn to read again. I knitted to help me learn to concentrate and focus. I knitted to help me relearn basic math and spatial skills.
    I knit because when learning to walk again, I found out I had stage 3 breast cancer. I planned to die. Life is too hard. Then I thought of tulips. And puppies. And chocolate chip cookies and all the other things I would never see or do again and knitting was right up there on my list. Too sick from chemotherapy to pick up the needles, I dreamed because I couldn’t knit. I dreamed of all the beautiful things I could knit if I could only beat this. October 21, 2008, my last chemo, I picked up the needles and began to knit again. I knit because I am alive.

  29. Knitting is “my time” and a stress buster. That said, I love to knit socks. They are great for gifts and fun to keep and wear, too. Shawls are something that I am beginning to knit and they are great accessories. I could go on and on.

  30. Why do I knit:
    To keep anxiety and stress away
    To keep my hands busy while watching tv
    To create beautiful things that I can wear and that I can give away
    Its relaxing
    I find it fun to challenge myself with new things and learning new techniques always satisfies me

  31. I am a first time knitter; but have passed my craft along to others. I find it relaxing & it helps me to keep my mind from wandering. This has been proven many times; but I think the most evident is that even our pastor approves of knitting in church, during the service. I do a blog after church on FB, it has photos before, after & during the service; as well as accurate notes. All during which I am working on a prayer shawl. I have already completed one & gifted it, I am almost done with a second one. Before that I did scrubbies & would gift them to folks as they walked past leaving the service.

    I have my knitting with me everywhere I go, still haven’t quite figured out how to do it while driving though. Guess maybe I should let that talent go & keep my mind strictly on the task at my hands, The Wheel & Windshield ā˜ŗ

    My husband is an avid crocheter & he also does this everywhere, makes large granny square blankets. These are gifted to every new baby in church, the VA hospital, nursing homes, homeless shelters, men who successfully stay out of prison a full year, friends who are hospitalized, & the list goes on. We always have one for a boy & one for a girl in our vehicles. Never know when you need one. ā™„ I am one blessed lady, indeed.

  32. I am a first generation knitter; but have passed my craft along to others. I find it relaxing & it helps me to keep my mind from wandering. This has been proven many times; but I think the most evident is that even our pastor approves of knitting in church, during the service. I do a blog after church on FB, it has photos before, after & during the service; as well as accurate notes. All during which I am working on a prayer shawl. I have already completed one & gifted it, I am almost done with a second one. Before that I did scrubbies & would gift them to folks as they walked past leaving the service.

    I have my knitting with me everywhere I go, still haven’t quite figured out how to do it while driving though. Guess maybe I should let that talent go & keep my mind strictly on the task at my hands, The Wheel & Windshield ā˜ŗ

    My husband is an avid crocheter & he also does this everywhere, makes large granny square blankets. These are gifted to every new baby in church, the VA hospital, nursing homes, homeless shelters, men who successfully stay out of prison a full year, friends who are hospitalized, & the list goes on. We always have one for a boy & one for a girl in our vehicles. Never know when you need one. ā™„ I am one blessed lady, indeed.

  33. I knit because it lets me be creative. Given my career path there isnt much freedom to express myself so knitting is a great stress release and satisfies my need to be creative!

  34. I knit because I can’t stay still when I’m sitting down. If I don’t knit (or do something with my hands) I end up either turning the channel on the TV repeatedly or snacking.

  35. I knit to meditate
    I knit to relax
    I knit to create
    I knit to connect me to the past, the present and the future
    I knit

  36. I knit because I HAVE to. Not to knit would make me crazy (ok, crazier than I already am). It reduces stress, and keeps me focused. It also allows me to be patient. I always laugh when people say that they don’t have the patience to knit…I don’t have the patience NOT to! The fact that the end result is a way to show love, or keep someone warm, or decorate someone or something is the icing on the cake.

  37. I knit because it relaxes me and gives me something to do with my hands. I don’t feel that I’m creative in the way that an artist or even a knitwear designer is, but knitting lets me make something from a ball of pretty “string”. I find that I feel better at the end of a day when I’ve been able to do a few rows of knitting. When I don’t knit, I somehow feel that the day is incomplete.

  38. I knit because it relaxes me, gives me a sense of accomplishment. I usually have a project to ‘take along’ with me when I am on the go. I enjoy the texture, colors, and seeing a pattern unfold. Knitting is something that I can do for a few minutes or a few hours, I don’t need anyone to help me. There is a sense of independence. I enjoy the rhythm. Happy Knitting Everyone!

  39. I’m a 3rd generation knitter. My grandmother (my mom’s mom) was a seamstress, knitter and crocheter. She taught my mom to knit and sew and my mom taught me to knit when I was about 7 and grandma passed along her sewing knowledge just shortly after. I continued to knit on and off until my friend’s started having babies in my early twenties – then knitting somehow became a total passion, ok maybe the right word is obsession, driven by the need to relieve job stress. Knitting became my yoga. Today I find that the more stressful life gets, the more I knit. There is something rhythmic in the process that clears my head. I’m also not one who sits still well, so this keeps me occupied too. I still love to sew and do other crafts too, but knitting always seems to be just a needle away – no matter where I am.

  40. The really strange thing is that I have no recollection of learning to knit. At all. Yet, I’ve been knitting at least since college and off and on ever since. A few years ago, when I discovered yarn blogs and The Loopy Ewe and “good” yarn, which is so much fun to knit with, I went from a project knitter to a process knitter to ease stress, to compensate for the amount of TV we watch and it keeps me from snacking (so much) while watching TV. One is not wasting time if one is “making something”, right? . I also found out I was supposed accumulate yarn, which I did at an alarming rate for a while and now I have a stash! I am also hoping that knitting complex things will be good for my brain as I get older.

  41. i knit because it is a creative way to contribute charitably—it becomes a win-win situation, I get to relax and feel accomplished and the charity benefits from the final product.

  42. I knit to unravel the stress of daily life. Little projects, big projects…if I don’t have something to carry along when I’m out and about, then I feel a tiny bit panicked. Knitting is my security blanket.

  43. I knit because it’s creative, fun & portable! I enjoy putting different colors together and plan more projects then I will probably ever finish!

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