For the Love of Knitting

Scholarship Entrant: Caroline from Stanley, Kansas
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Caroline: 137

My love affair with knitting was completely unexpected. One day I stumbled onto a site full of amazing knitting patterns. It was love at first sight! I headed to my local yarn shop that night and bought everything I needed to make my first sweater.

If I could be paid to do what I love most, I would travel the country helping yarn shops set up knitting nights and events to promote a sense of community among existing knitters as well as draw in new, knitters to keep the craft alive.

Knitting can change the world in a number of ways. It teaches patience, persistence and problem solving. Knitting groups are a way to make new friends and recharge from the work week. During the two years I taught English in South Korea I looked forward to knit night every week; the advice and support of my fellow knitters made even the worst days seem sunny. Knitting is a practice that makes you work and teaches you the value of delayed gratification, the pride that comes from making something absolutely one of a kind, and the joy of doing something yourself.

To make this dream a reality, I would begin with local yarn shops to create knitting events. Next, I would create a website with event resources for shops and outreach through social media. I would expand my efforts in my community by teaching classes at retirement facilities, schools and community centers.

Vote for Caroline: 137

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