Monday, February 6, 2012
I have decided that I am an artist. Knitting is my art. I work hard at it. I'm pretty good at it. I like knitting because it's forgiving. You get do-overs. I'm working on a sweater right now, and I want it to be just right or I won't be happy wearing it. I've knit three sleeves already. No, I only have two arms, though sometimes a third would be nice. I wasn't sure about the size of the first sleeve, so I knit the second one a bit differently and then tried the sweater on. The second sleeve was better, so I ripped out the first and re- knit it to match the second. I then decided that the bottom third of the body wasn't quite right, so I ripped that out too, and am re-knitting it. You can't do that with sewing. Once you cut out the fabric, well, that's what you have. You could make things a little smaller, but you can't make it bigger. With sculpting, once you chip off a piece of marble you can't glue it back on and try again. Photography seems to be forgiving. I'm not talking about those once in a lifetime shots with people or animals. I'm talking landscape. I can re-shoot the same tree or bench and get essentially the same picture. The light will be a bit different, or the angle a little more to the left or right, but it's forgiving. I get do-overs.