Numerical Knitting

April 7, 2008

Why I knit in public…

Filed under: Knitting,Teaching — by bethc @ 9:52 am

Bunny on the dock in CozumelI have been thinking about this a lot lately. Not why I knit at Bunny’s Tae Kwon Do class or on airplanes, that’s for sanity preservation. That’s not that sort of knitting in public I’m thinking about. I have been thinking about why I blog about my knitting and why I post my projects on Ravelry.

I have come to the decision that it’s all about the praise.

Teaching, my chosen career, is by it’s nature pretty solitay. Those who don’t teach may not think so, but figure I spend most of my day trapped in a room with a group of narcissists. They are 11, they are supposed to care about themselves, that’s their job. While I think that if I suddenly passed out in class they would notice and try to do something, for the most part their concern for me rests on how much homework I will assign and when the next quiz will be. I have great colleagues, people to talk to about life and about teaching, but by and large I am the only adult in my vicinity for most of the day.

Teaching is also a profession with very little praise. There are no bonuses and in my school the evaluations have been few and far between. Parents are quick to let me know when I have done something wrong, much slower to do so when I’m doing something well. Sure there are parents who thank me, and those who write nice notes, but it’s usually at the end of the year.

So, why all this about teaching? I guess it’s to say that I don’t get much adult interaction or positive feedback on my teaching, so I put my knitting out into the world (blog, ravelry) in hopes of interaction and possibly positive feedback. You have no idea how my heart leaps when a new little heart appears on one of my projects in Ravelry or when I get a comment on my blog.

What got me thinking about all this? Well, Ravelraiser of course. If you are on Ravelry I hope you have heard of the Ravelraiser by now. If not, stop reading and go here. I’m getting ready to make my donation, but part of making the donation is posting why you gave. That got me thinking. What is it that I like (and am willing to pay for) about Ravelry. Sure the advice is great, the ability to get ideas and see finished objects, the chance to check out Julia’s stash when I think I might need something… but in the end, I think it’s all about the favorites for me. I love when people favorite my projects. It makes me feel like Sally Field.

That said, I have been terrible about choosing favorites of my own. Whenever I think about it I am filled with angst. How do I choose my favorite? I really have to get better about it, favorite projects when I see things I like or admire. Perhaps I have caught the narcissism from my students… Guess I better go mark some favorites, right after I make my donation!

(vacation photos provided to break up all these words)


  1. I totally agree with all you’ve said about teaching. Love teaching, but it can be lonely. Funny how I traded that (temporarily) for staying at home with my girls, which is similar in the isolation. While my blog is not a knitting one, I do like how it has introduced me to lots of new people and ideas of all sorts. Yay!

    Comment by mamasutra — April 7, 2008 @ 5:52 pm |Reply

  2. You are so right about the teaching profession. Thank you for putting it all into such eloquent words. I’m getting my info together to be a RavelRaiser also!

    Comment by dobarah — April 7, 2008 @ 6:21 pm |Reply

  3. Of course, I Google “Why I Knit” and the first hit is a Ravelry user talking about RavelRaiser!

    I love Ravelry.

    Comment by rasch — April 11, 2008 @ 8:08 pm |Reply

  4. Thanks for the link to Ravelraiser. I had no idea it was going on. I’m happy to be able to help them keep the site going.

    Comment by Vicki — April 13, 2008 @ 7:54 pm |Reply

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