[This is another post in a series of topic challenges some fellow blogger pals and I are doing. This time, Maria asked her husband to choose our topic. He gave us three options: "ennui," "transform," and "cheese." Tough choice! Here's my quick response to the word "transform."]
I've been knitting off and on for decades, so I largely take the process for granted. My hands know what to do, and they just do it. But every now and then I have a moment when I become really aware of the process and then I can't stop thinking about how strange it is. (You know those kinds of moments? Like when you're looking at your own name and all of a sudden it looks so weird?)
At these moments of abrupt knitting awareness, I have this flash of who thought of this? Someone had the idea to shave a sheep, figure out how to turn its fleece into a stringlike substance, and then come up with a process of transforming that string into fabric by making a series of loops--using tools that they also had to invent--so they could create garments or blankets or whatever they needed. It's kind of mind-blowing when you consider it.
Whoever came up with this procedure, my hat's off to them. Personally, I think it's very cool that I have the ability to transform yarn into a stylish, functional item. It's kind of like magic, or alchemy, or something.
Over the eight years I've spent at my job, I've had the pleasure of teaching many people to knit. It's exciting to help transform a student from someone who wants to try a new skill but has doubts that she'll be able to do it, into someone who is doing it.
For that matter, teaching knitting has transformed me in a way, too. When my boss first suggested that I take on some of the lessons at the shop, I was reluctant. I doubted my ability to explain a process that, after so many years of doing it, was completely auto-pilot to me. The idea of getting frustrated and impatient with my students was worrisome. But I gave it a try, and overcame those insecurities.
Now I'm proud to say that students frequently compliment my teaching and thank me for being so patient with them. That amazes me almost as much as watching a ball of yarn turn into a garment!