I am not going to pretend to have a fully formed opinion on this yet, but this week, somewhere on the internet, I ran across the idea of being a Knitter vs. a knitter. This sort of question resonates with me, and this is not the first time such an idea has come up.
I feel differently about knitting then I do about some of my other creative hobbies.
As is sometimes shown here, I dabble in embroidery and sewing/quilting. But neither of these things really resonate with me and stir a passion within. They’re fun to do, but I view them as hobbies. Pastimes, nothing more. If I had to describe myself I wouldn’t put “quilter,” or “embroiderer,” anywhere near the top of that list. If one were to try and start up a conversation about either subject with me, I’d likely chat about it, but I doubt I’d get very excited and I’d do more listening then talking. (Unless talk of the modern quilting movement comes up. Then I do actually get a bit excited, and that’s what drew me back into sewing. Same with zakka-inspired sewing.) These are things that I do, but I do not feel that they describe who I am.
This is where the distinction comes in, I think. Is something an expression of who you are or just a hobby, a way to pass time?
I know this: I knit when I’m happy. I knit when I’m sad. I knit when I need to think more clearly. I knit when I need a distraction. I knit in small grabbed moments of time. I knit when I have a lot of time available. I even dream about knitting and often, thinking about it is what soothes me to sleep.
I’m thinking I’m a Knitter. What about you, kittens? Are you Knitters, Crocheters, Quilters, “fill-in-what-you-are-of-choice-with-a-capital-here”-ers?