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February 07, 2008


I've also been feeling a lot of angst about the directions that knitting seems to be taking. I have several versions of a blog post in my head, but have had no time to write them down! Thanks for saying part of it here; if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. It is worth using good materials and investing your time to make something that is more than a 2-hour fling. I have nothing against fast projects. When I'm dragging along on something, it's great to have one thing moving fast. But the knitting that I love, the projects that keep me coming back to this hobby, are the ones that take time and effort and patience to create. They are the ones that I'm proud to give or to wear, and that actually mean something when I'm done. And sorry, but long posts get long comments! =P

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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