At a recent teacher meeting, we were discussing intrinsic versus extrinsic rewards. Ideally, at a Montessori school, our students are intrinsically motivated. They enjoy working in the classroom because of the value they find in themselves. We don't hand out gold stars, put stickers on papers, or have smiley face stamps. I'm retraining myself to not say "Great job!", but instead say "Look at all the work you did! How do you feel?"
I am not a child of Montessori education, and I have to admit that outside praise feels pretty darn good sometimes. I would have to think that most people who have blogs are, at least in part, looking for some affirmation from others. But sometimes, I just knit things for my own satisfaction.
Here are some simple stockinette socks. They have a garter cuff, and then they are plain vanilla all the way through the heel flap and the standard toe. Totally boring.
I love them.
When I wore them to work, I didn't show off my socks. I didn't even make my husband look at them after I kitchenered the second toe. But they are soft, they are a delicious brown, and my feet feel good wearing them.
I knit these socks because I enjoyed knitting them. I wear them because I enjoy wearing them. And if nobody ever notices them and throws me a compliment? That's OK.
I know that my motivations for knitting are mixed. Of course I want my knitting to be noticed and admired. But if it wasn't, I can't imagine that I'd give up knitting. Instead, I think I might say to myself: Look at these socks I made. I feel great.