This came up on my "Never Not Knitting" calendar which was written by the "Yarn Harlot", Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. (I must add that my bestest friend gave me the calendar and must certainly have known that it was perfect for me and makes me think of her each time I look at it! :) Thank you again, Loraine!)
Purls of Wisdom for Wednesday, January 7, 2009.
"You don't have to feel bad if you are the sort of knitter who doesn't finish a lot of stuff. Many of us are in it for the process rather than the product, and this has only to do with personality differences, rather than moral superiority. Sure, it's hard to remember that when other knitters sit smirking in their new sweaters and you are starting your 57th first sock of a pair, but keep this in mind: It's called "knitting", not "sweater making".
Ok, I'll admit, I have several single socks started, several large projects, several small ones, a shawl in the car, 2 scarves in the living room, and I bought all the yarn to make this "Viking Chicken Hat" (the pattern is free on the internet, just google it) for the baby whom it will no longer fit and I haven't even started it yet. I've often told hubby that I use knitting for entertainment value, and even if I don't finish, I'm enjoying the process. That goes for spinning, too, I generally spin my own yarn (I enjoy the process) rather than buying it unless something that I can't make well is specified in the pattern such as for the hat. So now I feel vindigated, I'm a "knitter" by Stephanie's definition.
And by the way, if you're so inclined, knitter or not, Stephanie's blog is really funny and worth a look: www.yarnharlot.com