this week i’ve found myself in the conversation about process vs product knitting twice. and come to find out, i’m surrounded by process knitters. my yoga instructor, nearly my whole knitting group on tuesdays. hollie. rachel. so many of them.
so. thoughts about process knitting made me start thinking about process spinning.
i’m guessing many people are a mix of process and product. i knit for process when i choose patterns to try new things. but much of my personal knitting is for me, ben, or gifts, so the choices are also practical. i would describe myself as a precise, but relaxed knitter. and now that i think about it, i might lean product. i want my knitting to journey beyond me. i want it to be useful. i don’t have tons of half finished projects that i started because they seemed interesting, then i got it and stopped. i might say i’m a semi-product knitter. the process of completing, of doing, and of finishing something beautiful is also a mighty force. the obedience and patience to make it through has so much to do with process for me. but i don’t think that’s the classic definition of process knitting ;)
with spinning, i certainly spin to knit. i make yarns that i would like to knit with. i enjoy the process, but i wouldn’t like my yarns if they didn’t knit well so i’m a product spinner. although it is a meditative process… see me waffle on both? either way, i don’t spin art yarn and i don’t spin wobbly yarn (that plied with nylon thread). why? ’cause i don’t like to knit them. product. and right now, i’m spinning lots of products.
it’s interesting to come from an art background, where art for arts sake is strongly emphasized. i guess i never quite believed that either. i like my art and my craft to be effective and deep on many levels. in order for that to happen with painting, i’d need a captive audience to explore the pieces with. a hat? we all understand hats. a hat with art on it? maybe osmosis :D
so, what are you? process or product? did you start out as one and turn into the other? what are the ‘signs’ that tell what you are?