I don’t know how to knit.

by debmlong

I just want to relate my experience attending the World Maker Faire on Saturday. I am glad this class gave me a reason to attend this event, because it was pretty awesome, and well worth the trip to Flushing.

What remains with me the most (aside from the large, fire-breathing dragon spectacle extravaganza) was the enthusiasm of the participants and creators that I met throughout the afternoon.  A classmate and I wandered into a free knitting/crochet class. I can’t say I am particularly adept at this sort of thing, and I (unsuccessfully) tried a bit of knitting while talking with the older women who were teaching us. For me, the one thing that all of these people seemed to have in common, whether they were knitting socks or building robots or soldering was the enthusiasm to create something, and the sense of accomplishment and completion that comes along with producing something. This is definitely what brought it together for me-the idea of finding common ground amongst diverse individuals over a shared passion.

That is the theme, or idea, I would like to continue exploring throughout the semester-why and/or how people come around to these particular interests-aside from making a profit of course (if that’s even possible anyway).


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