What makes you a maker?
This month we’re looking at why we love making things! What makes us makers? We’ve asked some of our LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet Flock to tell us what they love about making…
Was necessity the mother of invention?
Since the dawn of time, we humans have made things. It began, we assume, from necessity – ancient people must have felt the cold in winter, and needed textiles to keep warm. Once they’d got past the sabre-tooth tiger fur chic phase, they discovered weaving, and yarn making, and then the heady magic that happens when you loop yarn together with a hook or needles. I strongly suspect, that in amongst those early tribes of people, certain individuals discovered that they really loved making things – and that they were really good at it – and these were the people who ended up making clothes and blankets for everybody else. The Makers.
Here at LoveKnitting, we’re makers – but what is it about making that thrills us so much? We don’t need to do it anymore – we can buy sweaters and blankets and scarves – so what drives us? We asked some of our gorgeous Flock, members of our knitting and crochet bloggers ambassador programme, and this is what they said:
“Crochet is my happy place I love to create and I also love to teach. I’ve loved being part of LoveCrochet’s stress awareness campaign. I’ve gained such an insight into how craft especially crochet really helps people cope and work through difficult times. I love sharing my work and daily happenings over on Instagram.”
Explore Sue’s designs as SweetPeaFamily here!
“I consider myself to be very lucky to be a maker. It answers a lot of different needs. When I’m feeling creative, I can explore new ideas, ponder over colours and designs elements. When I’m feeling stressed or my mind is over active, the rhythm of the stitch slows my mind down, soothes me and gives me clarity of thought. When I’m looking for a gift, I know I’m not restricted by what mass markets dictate. I can come up with something personal, that suits the recipient down to a T and will be unique. Because I come from a family of crafters, making is also a connection to fond memories – memories of my Mum patiently starting to count her stitches again when I ran in and interrupted, Christmas gifts my Dad made from wood, clay ornaments and little stitched trinket boxes that my children made me for Mothers Day. All beautifully imperfect and made with love!”
Explore Julie’s patterns here…
“I love making new things because I can use my creativity to tell stories and inspire others. “
You can find Wilma’s gorgeous patterns on her blog, here – and on Instagram too.
“I’m a maker because the challenges make me happy. I love working with the issues of silhouette, fit, colour and the textures of my knitting projects. I love wearing the unique garments I’m able to create. I believe we must continually look for ways to improve in every area of our lives. Being a maker has made me a lifelong learner.”
Merion, writer, knitter, crocheter, maker
“Making something – with crochet or knitting – fills me with joy. I pour love into my makes, and they love me back – just the feel of the yarn in my fingers, and the magic that happens as the fabric evolves. Every day is a school day for me – there’s nothing I love more than learning something new.”
“Making, for me, is the perfect antidote to ‘busyness’ and the many stresses of daily life with a big family; a form of creative meditation. And making something for someone is so personal, so intimate. But I’m also a very selfish maker. I’m always looking to create that perfect garment; something I will never take off. I’m still working on it…”
Explore Alice’s patterns here, and her blog Alice’s Adventures in Knittingland.
What do you love about making?
Tell us all about it in the comments and we’ll write up a blog post to share!
If you’re a blogger and you’d like to find out more about The Flock, click here for information and how to join!
Last updated: May 8th, 2018.