I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
Last year I decided to learn how to knit because I thought I might like it.
It turns out, I LOVE it!
Knitting is incredibly soothing to my mind and spirit, in so many ways. It is…
Freeing: The repetitive, semi-mindless action calms me and frees my mind to think, daydream, listen to music or an audiobook, reflect, pre-write, or just be—and I’m finding out how essential that kind of peaceful mental space is to me.
Centering: Working with my hands grounds me in my here-and-now physical reality. I’m naturally inclined toward worrying, navel-gazing, and general abstraction, so doing easy physical work helps me feel centered in the present moment.
Calming: When I knit during social situations, it calms me down and relieves me of social anxiety, thus allowing me to be a better conversationalist and listener.
Uplifting: Making something beautiful uplifts my spirit in an aesthetic and artistic way. And when what I’m making is a gift for someone else, another level of good feeling is added to the process.
Stimulating: Knitting has become a fun hobby for me in the sense that I enjoy the pursuit of it—I like looking up new knitting patterns, thinking about new things to knit, and so on.
And now, to show off my work!
Scarf for my soon-to-be husband:
Leg warmers for my best friend:
Scarf for me:
Hat for me/practice:
Scarf for my mom:
I still feel curiously astounded each time I’ve knitted something—“I actually made that with my own hands? How is that possible?”