1. Is it about the finished item or about the process of knitting? Some of both? Has your focus changed one direction or the other over time?
Most of the time, I’m just knitting to be knitting. I don’t care if it fits, don’t care if I have to frog it in the long run, don’t care if I have no one to gift it to. I just want to be making, doing, creating, using a specific yarn, whatever. The process of knitting to stay sane has become much more important to me than having a perfect knitted item.
Of course there are other times, rarely, I have a project that I just really want to finish… a cardigan for my daughter, a pair of socks for myself, a Christmas present for someone. Example… at the moment I’m knitting Monkey socks for myself. I won’t wear them until fall, but I want them done. I want to try them on, cross them off my list, finish them.
Now once that pair is done, there is a high likelihood that I will cast on for another pair in a different yarn and this time, take my time with them… enjoy the process.
2. How do you view mistakes? Do you think they give your project character? Is it important to have one, as my Aunt says, because only God is perfect? Or would you rip all the way back to row 5 of your husband’s finished sweater knit on size 3 needles to eradicate a mistake no one else would notice?
I don’t like having glaring mistakes. I would and have ripped out an entire project over a flaw that I couldn’t fix and couldn’t get past. If I know it’s there and it’s obvious, it’s going to annoy me to the point that I would never use said item. Now, if it’s teeny tiny and in an inconspicuous spot, then eh, who cares?
3. Would you rather knit a project that is comfortable for your skill level, or do you prefer a challenge that requires you to figure out new things?
Both, depends on my mood, the yarn, the intended recipient… position of the moon. 😉 Most of the time, I like things to be just outside of my comfort zone. Not so far as to induce a migraine but not so easy as to be boring.
4. What is something you really want to make but haven’t yet? What holds you back? Is it money, skill level, time, fear of the unknown or something else?
I want to make Rogue but it wouldn’t fit me and I have no one to gift it to, so I will likely never make it. I’d like to make a sweater for myself but I can’t find a pattern that I think would flatter my body, and even if I did, egads would it take a lot of yarn. I want to make a mitered blanket for my bed, but I cannot possibly afford that much Takhi Cotton Classic. Money, for the most part, inhibits all of my dreams.