(FYI – when I googled “knitting injuries” to find this photo, I found out there are many injuries associated with knitting including: blisters, scratches, needle puncture wounds, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and repetitive stress injury. So be careful if you’re going to pick up those needles!)
Ouch, my fingers hurt! I never knew knitting to be so painful. Besides how painful it was to watch my mom teach me how to knit! She kept having to do it in order to remember how to tell me how to do it. I guess that’s what happens with habits. It’s like trying to teach someone to drive a car – you never think about what you’re doing, so when you have to explain it, it’s quite difficult.
It’s important to me that crafts get as much value as visual arts, theatre, dance and film. My grandmother, my mother, and many of my aunts knit. They also have been known to cross stitch, bunka, crochet, sew, quilt and make ceramic giraffes. According to the Canadian Crafts Federation’s study, the craft industry generated nearly $727 million in 2001 (professional crafting) – 60% of those craft producers were between 40 and 59 years of age. With proof in the popularity of the One of a Kind Show and the upcoming Creativ Festival at the International Centre April 15th and 16th, crafts are an accessible art form that allows many different kinds of people a creative outlet.
Although knitting might not be my talent, I do enjoy learning a new skill. I am determined to stick with it until I at least finish that one scarf!