I never thought of it before but when I read the question I said to myself, well, sure, of course I'm an artist! Even if I'm "just" knitting (whatever that means!). I've been knitting for about 4 months, self-taught, haven't explored past garter stitch yet. When I look at a pattern or see some nice yarn, I have visions of what I might make of it...colors, sizes, techniques, etc. that I will put together to create something out of 'string and pointy sticks'.
I bet most, if not all, of you have the same visions. And anyway we don't need to call ourselves artists or crafty or anything--labels are for pickle jars! If someone asks, I say "Yes, I knit," and they can do with it what they like, good, bad, or indifferent (hopefully good, but in the end I don't really care). I knit to express myself and to be happy, and if I can share some of that it's a good thing, but not necessary for me.
Having said all that I guess I'll be really
happy this weekend--my boss and his wife may have their daughter a month early, and I haven't casted on for her little hat yet! Time to go make some art.
Whatever you are, enjoy it!!