There was a comment last night asking about how many knitted items I have and if I wear them a few seasons and discard them.
Obviously I have a lot of knitted items – completed plus a lot of not yet finished items. I had one pair of socks that developed some pretty big holes. I actually think Speck chewed on them because the holes were not any place that indicated wear. I threw those away. Otherwise, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown anything I knitted away. I finish shawls, friends say they love them, and I give them whatever they like. Same with socks. Sweaters, not so much because of sizing issues.
Here, since it doesn’t get cold often, I get a LOT of wear out of shawls and sweaters. We mostly never need a really heavy jacket and sweaters will suffice except on the coldest of days.
Here’s how I look at it.
- It’s cheaper than therapy. No explanation needed.
- We don’t have cable. Knitting is my entertainment. I have no idea what cable costs these days but I think it was around $60/month last time we had it and that was years ago.
- Have you ever known us to go on a vacation? I can’t remember the last time we did. Neither of us enjoy traveling. We have the chickens, the blind dog, the cats, the garden . . it’s easier to stay home.
No one has to justify to me how they spend their money but even if I never wore any of the things I knit (and, of course, I do!) the money I spend on yarn is way less than most people spend on vacations, entertainment, nails, hair color, eating out – the things I don’t buy.
But, for those who do those things, you see a “value” in it. I do not. For me, sitting and knitting on something after a long day of working in the garden, canning, cooking, laundry .. it’s worth every penny of whatever the yarn cost might have been.
I can’t imagine loving to knit, seeing a pattern I’d love to make, having the money to buy the yarn and not doing it because I don’t need another sweater. It’s a hobby! It’s something I do to relax. I enjoy the Facebook knitting groups I participate in.
It’s exactly like quilting. How many quilters make a quilt when they need a new one for their bed? How many quilters have more quilts than they’ll ever use? I’ve given away hundreds of quilts during my quilting years and I never ever saw a pattern I wanted to make and thought “ahh . .we don’t need another quilt.”
The reader making the comment was not being critical, and I know she wasn’t. It’s a legitimate question and I am not trying to be offense either. She asked if there was a secret I needed to share. Not really a secret but I believe in living life in a way that makes me happy and the real secret, that I feel too many never find, is knowing what makes us happy and acting on it. Sitting in a hair salon for an hour or two once a month to have my gray hair colored or highlighted would make me miserable. Staying in a hotel or eating in restaurants – I have to have a serious heart to heart with myself just to tolerate doing either.
For the lady writing the comment, my guess is having sweaters in a drawer that aren’t worn is a problem, so for her, knitting another one would not be fun. For me, it just isn’t a problem at all.
One more thing – this probably shows the crazy way I think but back in my younger years, my ex and I went to Vegas often. We could drive from Lake Charles to Houston, get a Thursday evening flight and be in Vegas in time for dinner. Stay Friday and Saturday and come home Sunday afternoon. This was before Chad and we had no chickens, blind dog or cats! 🙂
We had friends who were terribly opposed to gambling and kinda gave us a hard time about it. Neither of us had a gambling problem – we just enjoyed going there. Sometimes we’d see a show but mostly we just ate at inexpensive buffets and played the inexpensive slot machines.
I never understood why it was acceptable to go to Disneyworld (without kids) and spend $2,000 or more (this was a lot of years ago) on a trip, come back with nothing really to show for it and that was ok, but going to Vegas for a long weekend and spending maybe $1,200 was wrong.
Chad was born in December, and that year we had been to Vegas five times. That was 30+ years ago and I’ve never been back once.
I think, so long as you’re paying your bills, being charitable/helping others, living within your means, saving a little for retirement – it’s all ok. Just do whatever makes you happy and it’s ok to look at what other people do and think they’re crazy or wonder why they do the things they do. It’s ok to ask me why I do the things I do but we probably shouldn’t ask other people. 🙂