I am a knitter...sort of. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to just say that I knit. Stating that I am a knitter connotes some sort of proficiency and that is really not that case.
Several years ago, my kids took a summer knitting class. While they were in session, the owner of the shop taught me the absolute basics, so when my kids messed up at home, between lessons, I could help them. Well, needless to say, the kids tolerated the class, but I got hooked.
That was my summer of knitting. I knit by the pool, at the beach, between holes at miniature golf.
I was an addict.
Unfortunately, it was a short lived hobby, as I really didn't have the time for lessons and I could only knit and badly purl in a straight line. Plus, I am allergic to wool, even knitting with it makes me sneeze and, really, how many cotton scarves does one person need?
Right now, I am making a simple garter stitch lap blanket for my mom. I didn't use a pattern, or circular needles (I wouldn't even know where to start), I'm just kind of winging it!
It's coming along slowly, as I've been squeezing it in, a few stitches here and there, but I am really enjoying the moments I have been spending on it. I find that I can't wait to pick it up, because when I do, I put everything else down; my chores, my worries, my work are all forced to take a backseat and that is a very good thing.
So I have decided that starting today, I am making knitting time a priority.
Too often, I tell myself that it's impossible to find time in my hustle, bustle world to really focus on something that's sole purpose is to bring me joy. I feel guilty about indulging, but the older I get, the more I realize that those moments of quiet contentment are essential for both body and soul.
If my doctor told me that I needed exercise I would certainly find the time, why should improving my mental health be any less imperative?
I certainly don't need another scarf and my mom definitely does not need a lap blanket in that hot, stuffy nursing home, but the creation of these items and act of giving them away will bring a little serenity and joy into my day and sometimes that alone is more than enough.
What brings you joy?
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