Musings: Celebrate your knits

October 9, 2014
work in progress knits

Long before I became an avid knitter, I often documented my finished projects with a photo, carefully staged and curated and then sent to my mom for praise and approval. Sometimes a friend or two would get a snapshot as well. I did this because for me, finishing a project was a huge accomplishment. Something to celebrate. As you may have seen me reference before, I was never very good at finishing projects. I was the queen of starting and abandoning them, and this was very much the reason I was a monogamous knitter until recently.

Today there are no shortage of places to share your endeavors. Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, Pinterest, the list goes on. Often times my non-knitter friends (most recently I learned these folks are referred to as “muggles“) don’t really understand the desire to share works in progress or finished projects. “I just don’t get her whole knitting thing” or “she posts a lot of knitting stuff”. There’s a joy knitters get from the creative expression our craft gives. Making something with our own two hands, and most often gifting it to someone. Seeing someone else’s joy from receiving a thoughtful and handcrafted piece of work, it’s a pretty great feeling.

This brings me to my point. Celebrate your knits. Before, during and after. Take the time to beautifully curate and photograph your finished projects, your hard work and creative spirit deserve it. Do friends think you’re “wool crazy” (it’s a thing)? Who cares, embrace it. Are people looking at you strange because you’re hanging out in a park in a sweater when it’s 70 out? Awesome, sweat it out in pride. Are you standing on a stool in your pajamas, braless, on your patio, rearranging a work in progress to get the perfect shot to share? Sweet! Celebrate your knits!

For all the countless hours you spent searching for the perfect pattern, the perfect wool, knitting and re-knitting, finishing and blocking…give as much attention to the documentation of your victories, and share them. I think you’ll find an incredibly encouraging group of people that love celebrating knits just as much as you. xoxo




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  • Reply Kerry October 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I think you speak for all of us “makers,” not just knitters here. We should all celebrate that which we’ve created, whether it be wool, fabric, metal, food, etc., etc. It’s the human touch that makes it special!

  • Reply Kate Sheets October 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Ha! This is great. I totally needed this. Thanks, Ashley.

  • Reply Brandy October 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Proud knitter here! I love sharing projects and I don’t care what other people think. Everyone should have something in their lives they can be proud of and share. 🙂

  • Reply Monica October 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Amen to this!! I could not have said it better myself! I have finally gotten to the point when I don’t care what my friends think. If they cannot understand…too bad! Thank you for this!

  • Reply Annie October 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I love this, so true. I wish I had kept on top of entering projects into ravelry – so many last minute gifts out the door before I thought about grabbing a picture!

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