But sometimes it’s asked by people who wonder why you bother, why someone would spend so much time knitting something by hand that could easily be purchased a lot more cheaply at a store.
Of course, those sorts of people will never get it. They will never be convinced that the act of making something could be worthwhile, that a scarf or a sweater you make yourself is infinitely more valuable than the monetary difference between it and one bought in a store.
Katherine Martinko writes for TreeHugger about reasons she “bothers” to knit a scarf instead of buying one, and it’s a great lesson for all of us to remember why creating things by hand is important.
“The act of knitting is a strange combination of relaxation and activism, of protest and tradition,” she writes, noting that choosing to buy locally produced or handmade yarn and knitting it yourself supports other artisans and local industries as well as just being a lot of fun and feeling good.
Is this the way you feel, too? I’d love to know why you “bother” to knit.
By Sarah White