On Making

Back in January I blogged a bit about my journey of making.

This post was largely inspired by Kate from A Playful Day, who has crafted 2016 to be The Maker's Year. While that was somewhat an unorthodox take, it has kept me thinking about the idea of "maker" as a creative identity. This week Kate dropped the new episode of her podcast with the challenge to write about what making means to you, the listener. So, what exactly does making mean to me?

If you'd asked me a few years ago if I was a maker I would have laughed. I've never been one to "make" stuff. I mean yes, I knit, but I was more the bookish girl carting a notebook around with her. But the longer I've spent in this online community of knitters, or dare I say makers, the more I've realized that making does not have to mean something sculptural or artistic or monumental. Making can be as simple as the sock WIP I carry around to keep my hands busy, or the big pot of soup I make to keep us fed and warm. And making does not have to be physical items either, though that's its most common form. Every day that I spend tending to and writing for this blog I am making my own little space in the world. A space where I can safely hone my craft and express these thoughts.

For me, making has become something that is less about what gets made and more about the need to create *something*. I work with Kindergarteners who are super enthusiastic about creating. Any chance they get they ask if they can draw. I would not call them makers based solely on this artwork, but their enthusiasm and unexpected need to create these endless pictures and share them with others makes them makers.

Some recent artwork that made it home to my fridge. I love that this one kid gave me red hair. How did she know that in my mind's eye I am a redhead?

Some recent artwork that made it home to my fridge. I love that this one kid gave me red hair. How did she know that in my mind's eye I am a redhead?

I love to "make" knitted items, but the joy I get comes from more than just the tactile feel of yarn and needles. Rather it comes from engaging with the knitting community at large. Knitting is my gateway into a whole world of people to whom I hope to bring something relevant. That's not why I write, but it is why I pay for this website and spend so much time creating content. Because the need to make these things is great, but the need to share my joy with other people is imperative. And for me that need to create and share joy is what making is all about.