I am going to be totally honest with you. I have an addiction. No matter how hard I try, I can’t stop knitting.
And when I’m not knitting, I can’t stop thinking about knitting. What am I going to make next? What color should my next hat be? How should I design that sweater? What fiber would work best for that scarf?
It doesn’t stop.
But I don’t want it to. Knitting has helped me keep my sanity through so many of life’s great challenges, stresses, and obstacles.
I knit when I’m overwhelmed. I knit when I’m worried. I knit when I am trying to make difficult decisions. I also knit when I’m happy or when I’m bored or when I just need to DO something.
It’s no secret that repetitive motion of the hands is key to easing and relaxing your mind and even your heartrate.
At the age of 18, I was in a high stress music industry job. After leaving that world, I went to college and took a rigorous class load and earned my degree and teaching credential. Then I was a teacher in the classroom in one of the most difficult school districts in the US. I lived in Los Angeles and had to drive the dreaded parking lot that is the 405 freeway for hours a day. I had a mortgage payment that was larger than I wanted. I had a lot on my plate and I felt stressed constantly.
There was a lot of tension in my life. But through all of these obstacles life brought my way . . . knitting was my savior.
It honestly helped me keep my sanity and gave me moments of calm that were much needed in my life. Sitting down in a comfy chair at the end of a long day, I would pull out my knitting bag and get lost in the softness of my yarn, the repetitiveness of the movements, and the pure pleasure of clicking my needles away.
Through all these stresses, I’ve created some amazing – what I like to call – works of art. But I’m not going to lie. I’ve also made some not so beautiful creations, but no matter how they turned out – I learned something new and still loved every stitch along the way.
Knitting has helped me in more ways than I can ever express.
If you give me the chance to share my love for this artform with you, I know you will be introduced to an incredible new hobby. This is a world where anything is possible with only a ball of yarn and two sticks.
You will also be part of an amazing community of fellow fiber fanatics. I don’t say this lightly. I truly believe that all knitters share a common thread (pun intended) between us. No matter your background, race, politics, gender, and everything else that separates humans in the normal world, a love for knitting brings us together in the most wonderful ways possible.
You have nothing to lose and only wonderful things to gain by becoming a knitter.
Come and join this amazing community and learn a wonderful new craft that you will grow with for many years to come.
Are you ready?