Over on the Lion Brand blog, knitter and writer Katherine Martinko talks about the benefits of knitting. The list gives ways knitting keeps the knitter healthy, but what about those around the knitter?
1. Distraction. Counting stitches while working a complex pattern takes my attention. I’m not paying attention to The PreTeen fooling around in his room instead of completing his chores or The Mister playing a video game when I’ve asked him a dozen times to mop the floor. Instead of throwing shade and raising heck, my attention is focused on trying to decode the directions of my latest project.
2. My hands are busy. When I do realize that the family is ignoring me, I become a whirlwind of annoyance. It’s difficult to pop up to pop off if my lap is occupied with a pattern, knitting things, yarn, and now a kitten. The effort to untangle becomes a non issue and I am more likely to utter benign ramblings than I am to micromanage.
3. Less impatience. Taking my mom to various appointments and errands meant tacking on twenty minutes for every five she claimed she would be. Rather than seethe with anger at her lack of time telling skills, I pull out my latest project and work a few rows while I chat up other children playing chauffeur.
4. Dollar store winter items are no longer an option. Handmade items seem to have a higher regard than items purchased so there were less orphaned gloves mittens this past winter. I think that we have had a polar vortex and 15 winter storms may have played a part in the equation.
5. Better Dinner. When I’ve found a pattern that I have fell in love with, I obsessively work the needles, impatient to see how close the finished object is the professionally produced objects in the picture. To avoid having to stop mid stitch, I pull out my crock pot, throw some ingredients in, and go about my merry way. I know that my family will be fed and I have a four to six hour window to work my pattern.
6. Complex solutions solved. When I have a particularly problematic issue, a challenge at work or home, or I’m feeling overwhelmed, I pull out my needles and work a simple knit in the round or knit back and forth until my mind eases and I can think clearly. The monotony of back and forth quiets my mind and I soon have clarity in whatever has been pulling my focus.
7. Every stitch is knit with love and a prayer. I talk a tough game, but my stitches are filled with love and prayers for the person receiving it.
What are ways knitting keeps you or someone you love healthy?