No! But I want to learn. And I have gotten into the habit of making people friendship bracelets. These activities that take both hands allow me to shut my brain off at times, which is what I need at night to maintain balance. I’m getting pretty good at this and may open an etsy store :P
I would shop at your etsy shop!
Oh man. Thank you for asking this <3
There are so. many. reasons. I love knitting.
Knitting is my coping mechanism.
I’m sad? I knit. I’m angry? I knit. I’m stressed? I knit.
There’s this thing called muscle memory, and it’s really amazing. Because my hands just know what to do. I don’t have to think about it, the stitches just flow.
Knitting is safe.
Because in knitting, when you make a mistake it doesn’t have to be permanent. If you mess up, you can go back and correct it.
I can take it with me in my purse like a grown up security blanket, and rarely am I not knitting if I’m sitting down somewhere.
Knitting is magical.
In all of knitting there are just two stitches. Knit, and Purl.
You can do some fancy things to those stitches to increase or decrease the amount you have, or to make lacey designs, but it’s all built around those two simple stitches. If you have those down, you can make anything you want.
It’s my creative outlet, a source of entertainment, and trust me. It’s hard to find a feeling like the one I feel when I complete a project I’ve worked really hard on.
One of my favorite knitters, Elizabeth Zimmerman, says it like this:
“Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.”
"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either. When I say properly practiced, I mean executed in a relaxed manner, without anxiety, strain or tension, but with confidence inventiveness, pleasure and ultimate pride."
There are very few people I wouldn’t recommend knitting to, and if you ever need help knowing where to start just send me a message and I’ll share some links with you!