I never quite understood the difference between a true process knitter and a product knitter until recently. I knew, deep down, that I am not a process knitter, but I couldn’t grasp what it would feel like to be one. I mean, I like the process of knitting! I like forming stitches–stockinette is satisfying, sure. A friend once tried to explain to me how the finished object is like some happy surprise “when it happens.” That got me closest to understanding; in fact it emphasized how much I am NOT a process knitter–I love the finished object! This is probably why I knit so many small things and can’t get through sweaters.
Anyway, I started a cross stitch project in the spring, and lately I’m obsessed with it. In working each stitch, I’ve realized that I’m a true process stitcher. I don’t really care about having the final project. This could go on forever, stitches upon stitches, and that would be fine. It took me a long time to find a project that I would be happy to have the finished picture, but I was close to buying something that just had a lot of stitching interest because I didn’t care what it would look like at the end.
Here it is with one color done:
Pretty impossible to parse out, huh? It will eventually look like this, if I ever get that far. I’m taking a very disciplined approach to this, and I’m doing one color at a time, in its entirety. I’ll take a photo after each color. I meant to take a photo of the back at the same time, but forgot–maybe I’ll start when I finish the second color.
What’s amazing about it is that it takes a lot of time, you see lots of progress, and it is so entirely meditative. Requires no thought whatsoever–it’s perfect for me these days! But now that the weather is starting to turn to fall, my desire to knit is growing . . . Will start planning projects soon.