I've mentioned before how very much I enjoy The Knitting Pipeline podcasts that Paula produces. If you are at all interested, you should give her a listen. You can listen directly from your computer if you do not want to download to another device.
I tend to run at least an episode behind, but I actually prefer to because that way I always know there is another podcast ready whenever I want to listen.
So it was that I only just today during my morning walk listened to her Episode 27 entitled "Knitting is my Passion" in which she discusses a reaction a friend had to one of her latest projects, a knitted and beaded shawl. The friend told her she needed to Get a Life.
I loved Paula's insightful comments on the topic. Specifically she commented that the things people are passionate about are often mysterious to others. Amen!
Only a few like-minded friends from lace club and people I've met through blogs understand my fascination with string and handwork. For most of my life I've encountered at best nodding acceptance. Most of the time I knew the person seeing something I produced thought I was more than a bit eccentric for spending so much time on something so tedious and, to their way of thinking, inconsequential.
I understand. I do. I fully realize that I do not need nor have much practical use for a lace bag or vintage baby bonnet. But it isn't about practicality is it? It is about passion. The pursuit of a pleasurable activity.
I mean some people love to cook. Or play sports. Or watch sports. Or dress up like superheroes.
Really, when you think of it, playing with string isn't so odd after all.
What's a post without a picture? There was a tiny, tiny bit of crochet at the top edge of my bag. That, and seeing a photo on Ravelry of a lovely curtain, got me thinking again of filet crochet and I've had my book out looking through it again. I've never tried it.
I doubt I get to it any time soon. But if you'd like to give it a go, there's a free pattern for this lovely edging over at Piecework.