Category Archives: Why I knit

Winning at the Infinity Scarf

I’m happy about my scarf project!! It’s coming along very well! I have finished the third repeat, and I’m thinking I might need to do one extra repeat but we’ll see.

I’m a little nervous about the Kitchener stitch I have to do to end the scarf; I probably should have read the fine print first: the creator of the pattern very clearly said to be comfortable with the Kitchener before trying it on the scarf or to just do a regular cast on, but I’m not that smart!! I think I’ll try Kitchener on a smaller pattern to see how to do it. I watched a great YouTube video on how to do it, but doing it on a sample swatch versus on a scarf I’ve put hours upon hours into is probably a much smarter option! That being said, I have this terrible habit of being super amazing at something the first time I do it, and then goofing up on it subsequent times (snowboarding is the perfect example of this!!!).

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My Very Knitty Christmas

What a Christmas!

I spent the 23rd and 24th with my husband’s family. Unfortunately I didn’t get her scarf done, so I had to keep knitting– in front of her. It was okay– and I ended up finishing the scarf right before we had to leave! I think it looked great on her, and I hope she likes it as much as I do!

My mom also managed to surprize me with a gift I was not expecting. She gave me a gift that I didn’t think I would ever get, and one that frankly, I didn’t know existed. She gave me my grandmother’s knitting needles. I don’t think I’ve ever received a Christmas gift that has made me cry like that before. Completely blindsided! I haven’t decided how to best honor these needles yet, but I will.

She also got me a gorgeous set of acrylic interchangeable needles, and I really like the way they knit! They’re taking a bit to get used to, but I really like them!

I hope everyone had a really fabulous Christmas!

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Why I knit

A while back, I had a traumatic injury. This injury resulted in low grade chronic pain, which I will be dealing with for the rest of my life. As much as I enjoy being in pain (ha) I find that there are days that I have low points; these low points tend to be lower than I can grin and bear it through. I often find that my emotions are rolled into my physical symptoms, and that doesn’t always make for a happy girl.

 

I think it was about a month or two ago, when I saw a Cranial-Sacral therapist who told me that I had a blockage in my heart chakra. Now, I’m not really a big follower of the emotional energies, etc. but this kind of hit home with me. I think overall, I have been carrying a lot of emotional baggage. I am not the type who looks it, but for the past 6 months, I have been noticing the extra stress, and tiredness I’ve been feeling. This all sort of combines into where I’m at now.

Back to the Cranial-Sacral therapist: She told me to start meditating to reconnect my heart and mind. So like any diligent patient would, I rushed off to my local holistic bookstore, and bought two books on meditation. One was more specifically focused on the more traditional mediation (What we imagine when we think of meditation). The other book I picked up had a wealth of information on Eastern and Western meditaions. ne of the types of meditation they wrote about was needle work e.g. knitting. Well imagine my surprize when I realized that something like knitting, which I was considering taking up anyway, was something that could help with my meditation and relaxation.
I marched down to the local yarn store) and got myself some needles, and yarn and went to town.

I’m not at a place where I can mindlessly knit, or get projects done in half an hour, but I am starting to get to a place where I can turn my computer off,  and soothe myself with the clickity-clack of my needles as they create my masterpieces.

That’s reason #1 why I knit.

 

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