Yesterday I did a lot of thinking about why I love knitting so much. And only a small part of it is because I want knitted things. I mean I do WANT KNITTED THINGS. I look at magazines, books, blogs and the Patternworks catalogue and I WANT those things! I salivate at the site of beautiful scarves, sweaters, bags, etc. I want, I want, I want! And yet, besides my ill fated poncho and an equally ill fated hat (that I have yet to post pictures of, although I've taken some) I haven't made myself anything. Because it's not my selfish, greedy, wanting, salivating, needle-hoarding self that actually does the knitting. It's a different part.
It's the part that likes cooking, baking, writing and sewing. It's the part whose favorite part of Christmas is the excitement and anticipation of knowing that I found the PERFECT gift to give someone. The part that loves surprising people and will, upon occassion, give away something I really, really want to someone I know will love it just as dearly because that can be sweeter than keeping it for myself.
The most gratifiying knit I've had to date has to be Jason's slippers (despite the funky toe that nearly drove me crazy at first). It pleases me to no end that I keep my husband's feet warm. With yarn and sticks (and help from Fiber Trends!) I made what Jason claims are his favorite slippers ever. So warm. So soft. So comfortable. And when I see him wearing them it give me a warm feeling. That's my love looped and felted (and yes, funky). That's, what? ten, twelve, fifteen, twenty hours of me short-rowing my love into warm, wool fabric.
So, yesterday I was thinking about all of these things and composing a post in my head--about knitting and love and gift-giving. And last night as I working love into another gift, warm and cozy on the couch next to my husband (who I noted must have been too warm because his slippers--so warm, so soft, so comfortable--were on the floor next to him rather than on his feet) turned to me and said, "I wonder if it's those slippers giving me the athlete's foot since they keep my feet kind of warm and moist."