Knitting, reading, technology.
The Past and the Present
Technology, knitting, and reading, these are three of my favorite hobbies. It is exciting to enjoy each one for very different reasons. They balance each other, when technology gets overwhelming, a simple knitting project can be calming. Reading connects them all together. I enjoy reading; I like fiction and books about my hobbies. I love reading knitting books that are fiction, technical, and tid-bits of helpful information about my craft. I enjoy reading about business with a focus on technology, how to’s, how processes are applied to solve a problem, and new discoveries and how it I can use them in my life.
Knitting connects us to our past. Men and women have been knitting throughout history. In the past knitting was a career, these careers provided a resource for men supported their families. Knitting was a career that required proficient work and was achieved through a comprehensive apprentice program. As time progressed knitting was done by women to provide for their families and the military. And knitting evolved into a hobby, providing hobbyists the ability to make something from a ball of yarn, camaraderie with other knitters, therapy in many forms, the ability to give warm comforting items to people in need, and last but definitely not least stress relief.
Technology and knitting have become great buddies. Knitters have recently discovered through the advancement of technology, they can learn more; see videos to succeed in a specific techniques, communicate with other knitters worldwide, make “virtual” knitting friends, and achieve much more than possible before technology brought our world a little closer.
Reading knitting fiction and technical books brings knitters together, communicates valuable ideas and life styles that include knitting. I have been using the book pictured “The Knitters Life List”, by Gwen W. Steege as a tool and kind of diary of my knitting journey. This book is very interesting. There are profiles of well-known knitters, techniques discussed, suggestions of what and how to apply knitting to our lives and interesting things to learn.
Enjoying all the aspects of all of our hobbies makes us well rounded, knowledgeable knitters. Whatever your passion, whatever you love to do, whatever makes you lose track of time because you are engrossed in what you are doing, is what you should study, enjoy, seek out, and grow in. So please share – what is your passion?
Let’s make 2012 an opportunity to reflect and choose to advance in what we love.
Don’t waste another day!