Ever gone on a complete binge of your favorite activity? That’s me and knitting right now. I started a few weeks ago with a pair of socks, then it was the cowl I posted a picture of on my last blog, and now I’ve moved on to a scarf I’m planning for a Christmas gift. Thanks to Ravelry, I have plans for a lace shawl and maybe a tam in my future. I don’t even know if I could pull off a tam, but the pattern I like uses cables and I’ve never tried those before.
I think knitting has become an important part of healing for me. At first it was heavy academic reading, then weeding the garden. Knitting is relaxing and mind-numbing and those are two very much needed things in my life right now. Keeps me from having too much to “think” and concocting issues and stressors that aren’t really there. I can’t let my mind wander if I’m counting stitches. I don’t feel like living dangerously. Ha.
Knitting is also become a bit of a metaphor for life for me now. It’s a series of knots, holes, and binding off, similar of life’s disappointments, the holes of people who have come and gone, and the loss of things that weigh heavily on us. In the end though, the knitted piece becomes a work of art. Simple yarn is transformed into something beautiful, made with love, that will warm and bring comfort to either ourselves or others. That’s a goal I’m working towards.