Friday, September 24, 2010

An Ode to Knitting

I've had a lot on my mind this week, and aside from my night of sheer exhaustion, each evening finds me knitting. I still love my crochet, but I have to admit, I knit a lot more now. With knitting, both hands are in motion, and there is something about that that I find incredibly soothing. For a Nervous Nelly like myself, knitting is a Godsend.

I knit when I'm worried. I knit when I'm stressed. I knit when I'm anxious. I knit when my mind is racing and I just need to think things out. I knit between chores to give myself a break. I knit when I need to distract myself. It's my all-purpose, go-to craft of choice.

I love producing items that I, or someone I love, can use. Producing something tangible from the work of my hands is incredibly satisfying. Just when you're getting sick of one project, it's time to start a new one and begin the creative process all over again. Right now I'm finishing up a blanket for Henry and a sweater for myself. I'm about to move on to a multitude of other Christmas socks and hats and mittens.

I even have a purple pair of socks for my mom that I'm working on right now that fit right into my purse, so I tote them along with me. Never know when I may be sitting around and needing to work a few rounds to take my mind off other things.

And then there's my knitting group. These girls have totally revolutionized my life. Most afternoons we meet at 1 for lunch, knitting, and conversation. Any one who is involved in a group like this knows that while helping each other with the project at hand is certainly one of the perks, the most important part is unspoken - the friendship, the camaraderie, the emotional support through life's trials and tribulations. This group has come to mean so much to me over the past year, I can't even fully articulate it. I just love you girls! I thank God for the gift of knitting, and I thank God for YOU.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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