I am a knitter. At least I think I am. Are you allowed to call yourself a knitter if you only pick up the needles after you’ve worked a full day, walked the dog, fed and bathed your daughter, put her to bed, picked up all the toys and books, done the dishes, spot-cleaned the kitchen, made dinner, tidied up the house to the point where it at least doesn’t make you immediately sick to your stomach, and somehow manage to not fall asleep within 15 minutes of sitting down on the couch?
Sigh. Hold on a second. Just writing that sentence exhausted me. Welcome to modern motherhood!
So, anyways, knitting. I love to knit. I know there are a good handful of authors on this blog who love to knit. I know we have some readers who love to knit. But loving it and actually doing it are sometimes different things. If you’re like me, the all-too-common refrain, usually delivered with a sigh of resignation, is:
“I just wish I had more time to knit.”
Raise your hand if you’re with me. We are the well-intentioned knitters. The adoring but distracted knitters. The knitters who look longingly at the half-finished products in our knitting baskets while the daily demands of our lives peck incessantly for our attention. Because knitting takes time, and time is often our most precious and rare commodity.
That’s why I was so amused to see a post a while back about a designer named Siren Elise Wilhelmsen who created a clock concept called “365.” This clock tells time in a distinctly different manner. It knits. Rather than displaying hours and minutes, with sweeping hands or flipping numbers, it creates stitches constantly, and for the space of an entire year. It uses time, the very commodity so rare in many of our lives, to do the very thing we wish we had more time to do. And, after the year is up, this clock has produced a six-and-a-half foot tube scarf to show for it. A tangible symbol of the last year of your life. Wilhelmsen wanted to show time in a different way, and says this about her clock:
“365 is stitching the time as it passes by. It is knitting 24 hours a day and one year at the time, showing the physical representation of time as a creative and tangible force. After 365 days the clock has turned the passed year into a 2-m long scarf. Now the past can be carried out in the future and the upcoming year is hiding in a new spool of thread, still unknitted.”
Along with olives, good pillows and George Clooney, I do love and appreciate good design, and I give Wilhelmsen all kinds of credit for devising such an interesting concept for her clock. But as soon as I read about 365, something became crystal clear to me. Knitting, for me, is not about the product. It’s about the process. The scarf or dishcloth or hat or sweater that results from it is just a bonus. And who wants to let a clock have all the fun? So, what I take from Wilhelmsen’s 365 is a new refrain, for a new year:
“I will make more time to knit.”