Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some Thoughts.

 It occurred to me yesterday that the difficulty of the lace I am working on is directly proportional to the amount of stress I am experiencing at any given time.
 Thus...with almost five weeks of illness in our home along with several other issues that I'm dealing with right now...my Princess shawl is getting a LOT of attention.  It takes 30-45 min to complete a row, but I've managed almost 40 rows this week alone by carving out little bits of focused time when I can. 

 78 stitch pattern repeats?  yarn that is literally threadlike?  2.0 mm needles?  Yes please!  You would be surprised at how natural and easy it all feels when I allow myself to relax into the flow.
People always seem a bit shocked when I tell them that no, in fact I don't knit 'for fun.' 

I knit to help put order into life.  I knit to forget my troubles...even if just for a little while.  I knit to sooth myself with the combination of math and beauty.  I knit to release pressure so that I don't blow up in other areas of my life.  I knit to create, which counterbalances all of the negative.

The fact that it is intensely satisfying is a bonus.

And this particular project is more satisfying than most.

4 comments:

hlmauera said...

Me too! It is looking beautiful! However, I hope your family is back on their feet soon.
Kristin

Paula said...

You are phenomenal! This is magnificent. I hope the illnesses and stress ease up soon but until then, keep knitting.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Beautifully said, Kristin. And I get what you're saying. Many people utilize hobbies and passions for these same purposes. Hope things settle soon for you and your family. xo

Shelda said...

Knitter, know thyself!

I really like what you said about the combo of math and beauty. That's a big part of it for me too.