Why do writers put pen to paper?
Why does a painter put a brush to a canvas?
Why does a baker mix flour with his hands?
Why does a rug hooker slice perfectly good wool into strips and hook them?
Why does a knitter buy hand dyed yarn at twenty bucks a skein to make a scarf?
We all know the answer.
It is because we must. We are compelled.
There is something in the hand work that we cannot find anywhere else.
It is soothing, a time to let go of cares, or a time to figure them out.
It just depends on the project of the moment.
Now I have two things, knitting and rug hooking.
Knitting is a past time and rug hooking is a passion.
Well I knit when I gather with people or talk, or watch tv.
I make small simple functional things.
I don’t have to think a lot about the projects.
Rug Hooking is mostly more complicated for me than that.
I like to work quietly figuring out the colour and texture like a puzzle.
I usually have some idea I want to express.
I am more invested because I see it as art.
Knitting is creative but it is not how I express myself .
It is just how I make things.
Both I find compelling.
Both draw me in.
Both I need to do.
Like a baker needs to bake,
like a painter needs to paint,
like a maker needs to make.