It’s hard to believe that it not only has been a year since I launched this little blog, but also that we’ve been back in the USA for nearly that long. Our 14-month stay in Peru gave me plenty of time to explore this hobby of mine (and set up this blog 2 weeks before our return to the States). It also stoked the fire of what would become an intense passion for this craft that involves 2 little sticks and some fiber.
With the rich knitting culture and fiber abundance that Peru offered, it’s not hard to understand why this passion of mine grew. I saw women knitting every day, at every turn–while grocery shopping, while tending to their market stall, while walking to town with a baby bundled up in a traditional manta on their back. I also had access to beautiful, natural, minimally-processed wool and alpaca yarns, produced right there in the Mantaro Valley where we lived. I was living the knitter’s dream!
And then we came back to the reality that is the USA, with its full-time jobs, long commutes, and other obligations. I’ve still managed to find space in my life for knitting, whether it be on the train into the city or for a few minutes in the evening while coming down after a long day at the office. I find it to be deeply important to maintaining my sanity, both as a stress-management tool and also as a creativity-management tool. In my public health job, I spend a lot of time looking at data. And while analysis of all that data could be construed as a creative exercise, it’s just not the same as creating something as lovely, soft, warm and tangible as knitting.
Blogging has also provided a nice outlet for me, not only to write (I never knew how much I enjoyed writing until I started blogging!), but also to share my knitting passion with others (and there really are more of us out there than I ever realized!). I want to take this space a little further in the coming year with a series of posts that I’ve been meaning to get around to for quite some time now. A little showcase of some of the fiber arts I’ve collected over the years of traveling for work and pleasure. Keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.