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7 reasons why I knit

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Funny story: I started out the year with the goal (not resolution, because I don’t believe in resolutions) to run more this year.

What has actually happened: I’ve not run much (more than last year!) but I’ve certainly been picking up my knitting needles more and making things.

Yeah, I’m gonna to blame the snow/the cold/the general feeling of not wanting to leave my house on that one.

I picked up this hobby about three years ago, in Florida, when life was super boring and I needed to get out of the retirement community bubble I was living in. The group I met with was made up of mostly 30- and 40-something stay-at-home moms who I had near-nothing in common with. But they showed me how to knit, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

I put my projects down for a year or two, and didn’t do much, but lately I’ve made a lot of stuff, and I’ve been thinking about what it is that I like so much about knitting, even though I’m still a novice (in my head!).

1) You can make some pretty stuff

See:

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and:

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and:

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(Apparently my interest in knitting coincides with my interest in becoming a model…jk)

2) It impresses people.

People don’t expect anyone under, say, their grandmother’s age, to know how to knit. And treat it thusly as a mystery. It’s really just two types of stitches in an endless amount of patterns. And I guess knowing the right type of yarn/needles and yarn “tension” (how tightly or loosely you hold the yarn you are knitting) are important too.

3) It’s something that I can do while watching TV or movies

This not good for the running goal, but I have watched the entire first series of “Girls” in the last month.

4) It can be repetitive, but it also demands your attention

If you’re like me and prone to getting stuck in your head, feeding your more neurotic tendencies and obsessing over things (read: boys), it’s good to break out of the cycle and focus on something that is concrete, and work with your hands.

5) It makes you think.

When you are knitting, you have to interpret patterns, count, keep tabs on what you’re doing. It’s really a mental (not in a crazy way) task.

6) Knitting requires setting a goal, and reaching it

Some people are dreamers, others are doers. I tend to be idea-oriented, but lack in the follow-through. Ask my editors how many stories I’ve dreamed up but have died for the lack of following up. Yeah…

But seriously. You commit to a project, obtain materials, and step by step work to completion.

7) There is community in knitting

Knitters are some of the coolest people, ever. And they’re everywhere! And are willing to generally help you out and make you laugh in the process.

And…I would like to round this up to 10, but those really are the best reasons. 🙂

Do you have a hobby? What do you like about it?

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Written by Jessica

March 19, 2013 at 12:09 am