Why knit or the benefits of knitting…

Knitting, in the beginning, can be frustrating. Okay, not just in the beginning. So why do it?

Yes, knitting allows you to create one of a kind objects. Baby clothes, socks, hats, scarves- you name it. You can set your own style. That’s not all.

Knitting is having a conversation with yourself. Once you get the stitches and patterns down, your mind lets itself free. It’s kind of like meditation, because as the yarn flows through your hands, so do thoughts. On good days, you can clarify your schedule, plan, and work through problems. On a bad day, the yarn will let you know. Don’t knit angry! If you are trying to calm down, knitting can help.

It isn’t yoga or prayer, but knitting does actually help calm your system. It reduces stress (when it isn’t causing it). During WWII, fighter pilots knitted socks. Not only out of necessity, but it steadied their nerves.

Another benefit of knitting, is stronger hands. I’m not saying you’ll actually be able to open that jar lid on the first attempt, but you might. For people with low hand strength, it helps develop muscles used in writing and fine motor skills.

Knitting is not a form of weight control, but the average person burns an extra 40 calories an hour when they knit. It’s great for keeping your hands busy during tv shows, rather than reaching for that bag of chips.

The down side of knitting-

You just might become a yarn addict. Or a machine addict. I have a hard time going to a craft store and not buying yarn. I now only go when I have a project in mind. I gaze longingly at websites for their mohair, merino, silk mixes and wish I could afford $30 a skein.

As far as knitting machines go. I’m definitely into heavy metal. Most KMs weigh about 35-40 lbs solo. Add a ribber, and you top out about 70. They are fun and expensive. I also have some plastic bed machines that work just as well. I keep an eye on Ebay and the other sites, looking at all the machines and their nifty functions. Make your own rugs, knit fine lace, herringbone- no problem. Budget- there’s the problem.

If you start simple and slow, you can gather what you need, or knit your way to the next step up. That’s where I am. Knitting and saving for the next step. For now, my 322 and I will be knitting and singing in the garage!


2 thoughts on “Why knit or the benefits of knitting…

  1. I think people who learn to knit either become addicts OR never pick up after the first project or two. (I’m an addict … yesterday my grandson was rooting around in my stash bin and uncovered yarn I had forgotten I had!)

    • There is a third group- the lacksadaisical knitters. The ones who periodically start projects. They may or may not finish them.

      I am an addict. I finally solidified my stash in my studio. Well, mostly solidified. I always find something I didn’t know I had. Most of the skeins are ‘just in case’. Fortunately, there is no 12 step program. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now, if I could actually get to all those projects I have planned, my stash wouldn’t be so big. 😉

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