Hello fellow MWK,
Today I am very excited because I finally joined this group for men who knit! While the feeling may eventually pass, for the moment I find myself exhilarated. It is so nice to finally have found a community, even if it is a digital one, that embraces this particular craft and those of us who have chosen to partake in it. Since I began knitting approximately 6 months ago, I know I'm a newbie, I have truly enjoyed my time and the things I have been able to produce.
Knitting kind of fell into my lap around Christmas time of last year. Several things led to my newfound love for knitting. I was single, at university, living in a small apartment and had outgrown the craziness of Chapel Hill. Being 21 for one year there is enough to make you need to take it easy for a while. And as outgoing and extroverted as I am, I also cherish my solo time and knitting made that all the more special. Now, not only was I able to spend time everyday winding down, relaxing and reflecting on my day, I was also doing something I enjoyed. It feels so good to finally do something creative that produces a tangible product, something I can hold and touch, that was made with my own two hands. Knitting became my guilt-free creative outlet as it not only brings function to the table, but also form.
While at first knitting was somewhat frustrating and required a lot of focus and thought, 6 months later it has become a natural and somewhat meditative act. Now my frustrations stem from my community not being able to keep up with me. My local "supermarket style" craft store has proven to be lacking in quality products and people who can aid me on my journey to improve. Luckily for me, smaller, more involved and higher quality boutique-style stores are a short drive away in the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh. Also, there are no knitting circles or groups here. I knit alone. When I was in school there was a small group that met at a well-known café near campus, but alas those days are over for me. Reaching out to find people here is next to impossible as well since the age of your average knitter here is 85. Knitting with people not knitting tends to be risky as that meditative state that sometimes comes over can appear rude and the conversation can become a little disjointed. And I don't know about you, but I do like to look at people when I talk to them and if we are not both knitting it seems wrong to do anything else but make eye contact while speaking.
Finally I found this online medium for meeting, talking and sharing with other knitters and I am so excited! Even though may never meet any of you, I am so thrilled to know you're there sharing in this experience with me! This will be especially comforting when I move to France at the end of August. I can't wait to share my successes, failures and growth in the craft with all you other MWK.
P.S. I finished my first hat today. I am wearing it in my profile picture and the pic here. :)))))