This week I have been overwhelmed with work. I am working long hours. When I’m not working, I am stressing about work. When I am not working or stressing about work, I am stressing about not working.
I am also not knitting. I keep saying to myself “I am too stressed to knit.” Really? I think that perhaps I need a little reminder of why knitting is good for me. Perhaps you need one, too?
Here are some of the reasons why knitting is good for me:
- Knitting is fun.
- Knitting is peaceful.
- Knitting contains rhythmic bilateral movements; these are good for the brain.
- Knitting gets my creative juices running.
- When I am knitting, I can zone out the world.
- I often solve all sorts of problems while knitting, even when not thinking about them consciously.
- Knitting can be a lovely solitary task.
- Knitting can be a lovely social task.
- The knitting community is warm and welcoming.
- I love to wear garments and accessories that I have knitted myself.
- I love to make hand-knitted garments for my family.
- I get a kick out of seeing my family wearing things I knit for them.
- The clothes I knit are way better than purchased garments – they last longer and fit better.
- Knitting is a craft that has a long history; by knitting I become part of that history.
- Knitting allows me to challenge myself.
- Knitting allows me to explore ideas.
- When you make a mistake, knitting can be easily ripped out and done again.
- Knitting feels nice to the hands; it is a pleasing tactile task.
- I can express my personality through my knitting.
- Knitting allows me to be part of the community of makers.
- Knitting gives me a vocabulary for discussing art, creativity, colour, shape, texture.
- Knitting gives me an excuse to be quiet.
- Knitting keeps my hands busy.
- Knitting makes me happy.
- Knitters are cool.
Have I missed any? Feel free to add your own in the comments.