I have to confess, I’m not a natural knitter. My mother wasn’t a knitter, neither of my grandmothers were knitters. My aunty has gone through knitting and crochet phases, but apart from some French knitting in Brownies, it completely passed me by.
6 or 7 years ago, I bought a Kids Learn to Knit book for my son when he showed an interest in learning. Typically, he never used it, but I decided to teach myself. As is typical with me, I threw myself into learning. I watched videos, I joined an online group where people swapped patterns, I bought wool and needles and various other paraphernalia, I knitted in every free moment… I still wasn’t very good, but I produced a few squares to serve as dishcloths 🙂
And then I rediscovered writing.
Well, the knitting fell by the wayside in favour of my new – and much longer lasting – obsession 🙂
I found my knitting bag stashed away in a cupboard a few weeks ago, still with a few measly, lonely rows languishing on the needles. I had a week (courtesy of the Artist’s Way course) where I wasn’t allowed to read or spend time online, in an effort to force yourself into doing something creative, and I pulled the knitting out. Since then, I’ve added a few more rows here and there when I get the urge. And I have to say, it’s very relaxing.
There’s something quite creative about letting the mind wander at will while the hands are busy. Let’s face it, I’ll never be Jenny Kee (for those of you old enough to remember her – those who don’t – Google her. I guarantee you’ll be amused!), but one day I may manage to knit something other than a square.
And as you can see in the photo above – my cat keeps a close eye on proceedings and waits for me to slip up and leave it in his reach 🙂
Are you a knitter? Do you have another relaxing hobby which occupies your hands and lets your mind wander? I’d love to hear!