Updated: Nov 12, 2021
The sweater is sewn, washed, blocked and can now be worn ... The scarf has turned out beautifully and can be proudly presented ... The mittens are so successful that the friends in the café only have eyes for them and even overlook the new purse...
A finished piece of knitting is one of those precious little moments of happiness in everyday life that flatter the soul.
And yet the joy begins much earlier.
The decision has been made for days: a knitting project should be started. Regardless of whether it is the very first one or the list of completed garments is already long, this is always an exciting time.
So much has to be considered, selected and decided ... What should it be?
Concentrated and forgotten about the world, catalogs, magazines and books are scrolled through, websites are visited.
Time flies by completely unnoticed - it can be hours or days.
And suddenly it is there: the pattern that you can only fall in love with, that you absolutely want to have, without which you simply cannot anymore ...! Once the pattern has been selected, it is now time to find the right knitting material.
It has to match the style of the design and the pattern, of course, but also the time of year for which the beautiful piece is intended. The selection is huge: cotton, linen, wool, silk. One after the other in terms of feel and look with their respective advantages, and one yarn seems more attractive than the other. The color palettes shimmer endlessly and inspire you to dream. But a very specific ball or skein ultimately wins. That's it, it's "my" yarn! After the purchase, the time of the senses and soul begins.
Carrying the big bag home or opening the delivered package is one of the most exciting moments of a new project. The still intact banderole, the perfect shape of the virgin ball are the promise of a perfect beginning and a sure success.
It feels so good, it smells so good, it's so soft ... and just so beautiful!
It almost seems a shame to desecrate it. But only almost ... The needles are taken out and the first stitches are cast on.
By discovering the pattern step by step, the idea of the finished work becomes more concrete. Expectation turns into tangible impatience. Every knitted row is rewarded and fires the imagination. It is a time of pure enjoyment.
The work is interrupted again and again, the gradually growing area is viewed, lovingly caressed and admired.
Patterns and stitches become ends in themselves for a while in their beauty. To see a work being created out of your own hands in this way is an incomparable feeling.
The path may not be the actual goal - but especially for knitters, anticipation is an essential part of happiness as a hobby.
And what is YOUR special moment of anticipation when knitting?