This post has been perculating for a while. Some very obvious reasons spring to mind. I knit because it feeds my soul. I knit because I enjoy it. I knit because I have a constant burning desire to create something new ALL the time. You see where I am going and this list could be very long, but I want to share with you one very important reason why I knit. I knit because it calms me. It grounds me. I knit because it calms my fears and eases my very real anxieties. The very moment I pick up my needles and yarn, a sense of calm comes over me. All worries and fears immediately dissipate. I instantly return to my blissful place. I find that magical.
Knitting gives me the space and time to relax and reflect. It gives me the place where I can think about my life and what I want to create in it. When I am knitting I feel I am truly me and not a version of me I think others want to see. When I am knitting, I know that I am enough.
I am so very blessed to have been taught to knit by my grandmother when I was 7 years old. Knitting has served me very well for most of my life and I am so very thankful to have had it. There have been times when I felt guilty about knitting so much because I “should” have been doing something else, like cleaning, etc. After 45 years, I am just now realizing what an important role knitting has played in my life. It is a major part of who I am and how I express myself.
I know a lot of people are feeling a lot of unease and fear right now. My wish would be that everyone could find that special something that could ease those fears, if only for a few moments, and give them the space to feel safe.
That is why I knit.
Knit on, my friends! (Or paint, draw, write, golf, whatever feeds your soul)