I've always preferred origin stories to endings, history over science fiction (at least give me fantasy that's set in a vague past sometime before the invention of the lightbulb). It's one of the things that I love about knitting - there's so much depth and richness to it, because it's been around for so long. Everything changes, but it also stays the same.
A project that I recently finished was a "hap shawl" - a traditional Shetland garment, updated slightly. It was very large and (for the most part) fairly simple, so I carried it around with me and worked on it everywhere. Which led to a lot of questions. For the most part, I just told people I was making "a fancy square." But if they seemed intrigued, I'd elaborate. About how it was fine yarn, to make it light, knit in a thick texture, to make it warm. That the size and shape made it versatile, so it could be wrapped around a baby or folded and worn as a scarf.
Knitting cannot be patented because it's too easy to reverse engineer - another knitter can look at a finished piece (or even a photo of it) and recreate it, close enough. But the way that patterns and traditions from the past have been handed down and passed around, tweaked and updated to the maker's preference, gives me hope that my pastime will survive long into the future.
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