Top Ten Ways Knitting has changed my life:
1. The constant exercise of my fingers and hands while knitting has staved off the effects of arthritis. I have less pain in my hands and therefore can knit more.
2. I am able to make handmade gifts for loved ones and friends from the practical (dishcloths) to the frivolous (superhero cape).
3. Recognising that I am a lifelong learner, knitting will provide me with years of education ahead. There are so many stitches to learn, projects to accomplish and yarns to work with that I will still be knitting and learning well into my retirement years.
4. A project on the needles becomes a conversation starter. I am painfully shy at times, and am usually unable to approach someone I don’t know to begin a conversation. Whatever I am knitting usually attracts attention so that they will ask what I am making.
5. Knitting has deepened the appreciation I have for my mother and grandmother and their respective fibre arts (Grandma was a quilter). My love for knitting has opened my eyes to other forms of fibre art and textiles and wanting to learn more about them all.
6. While I am knitting, I am able to let the continuous movement of the yarn and needles put me in a Zen-like state, giving my mind the freedom to wander and subconsciously tackle problems.
7. Yarn stores. I love walking into a yarn section or yarn store to marvel at the array of colours, pattern books and needles.
8. I have made many friends who share similar interests and have been welcomed into a ‘group’ of other yarn/knitting/fibre lovers. Their friendship and guidance means the world to me.
9. I am a procrastinator by nature. Knitting helps me to avoid housework and other unpleasant tasks and provides me with the quiet time needed to build up my courage to tackle the realities of life.
10. Through knitting, I am able to give back to my community. Keeping Kids Warm is a local charitable organization that provides handmade outer garments to homeless youth. Working with this group gives me immense satisfaction.