I’ve recently had a piece published for The Idler, on the topic of ‘The Joys of Knitting Badly’. In all my years of knitting I’ve never felt the urge to produce complex creations, but this isn’t something I feel bad about. I think it’s important to resist competition in crafting and hobbies, and all the benefits of knitting can be gained from simple patterns, perhaps even more so than complex ones.
You can read the article here. I’d love to hear your thoughts – do you find yourself getting competitive when you pick up the needles?
The Idler is a magazine and associated society that seeks to spread the word about the importance of ‘idling’. It promotes an alternative, more relaxed take on modern living, encouraging readers to embrace the idle life for the sake of their health and happiness. Recent articles include an interview with Louis Theroux, and a piece on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft.
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