Top 5 Reasons I Love Knitting

I am a knitter and I love knitting. Here’s the top 5 reasons why:

  • It is my Creative Outlet – Knitting is just string and sticks – but in the end you get a hat, or a scarf, or a sweater. The simple method of wrapping loops of yarn around my knitting needles enough times to create a wearable object will never cease to entertain and amaze me. The creative process of imagining a design, sketching it out, planning (with a little math) and then knitting that design into a finished item is a process I thoroughly enjoy and one that keeps my creative juices flowing.
  • Knitting is one of the mechanisms that I successfully use to counter my Anxiety. Knitting is soothing, calming, it helps me focus my mind and overcome episodes of anxiety. For that, I am forever grateful to knitting.
  • I love my knitting Community. Knitters have an instant connection with each other. Oh, you knit too? Instant friends. You share an understanding that runs deep into all aspects of your life, and manifests as knitting. It’s almost as if you don’t have to get to know each other, because you already know each other. You’re a knitter, you know who you are, and what it is about knitting that makes you who you are. You can assume this about the other knitters you meet, and that is why you have a baseline that’s more profound than meeting a new person. Being in this community makes it easy to become friends.
  • Patience – I am not a patient person, but knitting makes me patient. A clever knitter named Stephanie Pearl-McPhee once said, “There is no such thing as waiting when you’re a knitter.” What she meant by this was that if you have your yarn and project in tow, you never have to wait. Stuck in line at the post office? Suddenly it’s not waiting in line anymore, now it’s a few minutes to knit. The doctors office? Stopped in traffic? All these little moments are just opportunities to knit. You can imagine that when I forget to bring my knitting with me places, I am quickly reminded of how impatient I am.
  • Like it or not, knitting is Learning, and I happen to like that. There’s an intellectual side to knitting that I quite enjoy because I love to learn. One of the best times in my life was college and spending every day in an academic environment, and knitting is one of those things that is an endless source of learning. There are so many knitting techniques and stitch patterns that I have yet to learn, there is an entire side to the science of fiber that is fascinating to me, and of course the tools of the trade offer a few more areas of learning.

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These are my top 5 reasons why I love knitting, but there are many other reasons why knitting is one of the happiest parts of my life. I wanted to share with you today, the ones that mean the most to me.

What about you? Are you a knitter and do you love knitting? What are your top 5 reasons you love knitting?

Knitting brings something to every aspect of myself – it helps me with my flaws, it accentuates my strengths, and it is an integral part of my life. My love language is knitting – it is who I am and who I will always be. I am a knitter and I wish you all Happy Knitting.

 

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activism + craft = craftivism

activism + craft = craftivism
For me, it is impossible to separate the two. I knit and craft because it recharges me and helps me focus. It lets my brain rest so that I am ready to keep fighting the good fight every single day. As an activist, I know the importance of burnout, I understand that sometimes we need to pass the baton in this relay of civic work, and I am lucky to have found a way of restoring my energy that also results in a product I can sell to raise money for the causes I support.
I know many artists, crafters, and knitters who do the same and have been doing this for many years. It makes my heart so happy to see all of us doing our part in our own unique way because just like the many individual stitches that make up a garment, it takes many individual acts to make up our collective activism.
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I’d love to hear from you if you’re in the same boat – what do you do to sustain your activism? How do you combine your craft and your activism?
This was a hard week, I’m sure it was for many of you too. The endless barrage of horror that this current administration releases is exhausting and overwhelming. It can make you feel helpless and hopeless, and this is where I find that knitting helps me overcome those feelings. Knitting gives me a chance to breathe and think, and those are vital to finding ways to have hope, and create ways to help.
This week I released a new pattern, and I am donating a portion of the sales to RAICES. I am planning to do this with many patterns I release, and I hope that this is a successful way to add to my contribution to social justice.
Happy knitting and keep fighting the good fight!
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Standing with fellow protesters for FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER on Saturday, June 30th.