Tuesday, 10 March 2015

knitting to cheer up

the current big WIP - top down v-neck
I’m sure everyone who knits (and indeed crochets) understands how soothing and therapeutic the action of moving your yarn and knitting needles can be; particularly when you are working on something you are excited about, or with yarn that is just the right colour to make you happy.

Yesterday at work I just felt really really down. It was one of those Mondays – I didn’t want the weekend to end, I didn’t want to leave the house, and it was raining. Plus the morning at work was really disheartening. I’m currently in this place where I feel I need a change but can’t seem to find anything to change to, and the jobs that look perfect and I get excited about don’t seem to come good. I’m feeling the strain of getting upset or stressed about something I don’t care strongly about daily and want to find something I can really be passionate about, which is of course easier said than done. And so I scrapped any plans for ‘productivity’ and chores last night and told myself I would do nothing but knit and watch shows I want to watch.

I’m currently knitting my ‘make up jumper’ with unravelled yarn from the project I didn’t like last month and it felt so good to spend hours and hours working on this and seeing it grow enormously.

Knitting, cookies, and 3 episodes of Wolf Hall later I was feeling so much more positive about everything! I know it was the knitting that really soothed me, the wool that I’m using being just the right colour, and the project being one I am very enthusiastic about. I decided to knit the Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck and it is my first top down sweater in the round. After some confusion with placing makers and understanding what a ‘yoke’ was I am totally in my element and I’m so happy to see the jumper growing so quickly. And hopefully this one will be the right size – all the signs certainly point that way!

So after the few hours of solid knitting (and snacking on chocolate) I felt much more positive about things, and even benefited from the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages, I couldn’t believe how refreshed I felt when I woke up! So as soon as this is up on the blog I will be repeating this tonight with Firefly. 

What do you do to wind down or cheer up after a hard day? Does knitting calm you down like it does me?


  1. I love the look of that yarn - very pretty. Cross stitching is my cheer up craft, I've been in a bit of a funk lately and it's the one thing that really helps me out.

  2. Woollen Wilderness11 March 2015 at 08:22

    This sounds like a very familiar scenario. Knitting IS therapeutic. I think it's the rythm and the fact you can keep your mind occupied with something that isn't too straining. I'm glad to hear that some knitting therapy did the trick for you and you're feeling better now. I love the pattern you chose for you yarn.

  3. I can't agree with this more. Some night after work I'm just like "nope, I need to just craft all night" and it does make you feel so much better. It feels like a little treat just sitting down and spending all that time on yourself!

  4. sorry to hear you had a hard day/evening like that! I find that focusing on what is going right and what I do enjoy in my life or day to day helps- like I often will take a big inhale when I have a cup of tea or coffee, because I like the scent and pausing to enjoy it makes me feel good. Sometimes the little things are what pull me back up. How is Wolf Hall, by the way? I totally want to see it.

  5. thanks, the yarn does colour up beautifully as I knit :) I like cross stitching too, though its my focus craft as I'm not amazing at it. Sorry to hear you've been in a funk, but glad you have something to help you out! jenny xx

  6. I whole heartedly agree, and I did think most (if not all) knitters would agree that it is an extremely therapeutic past time. I do feel better and more hopeful, and thanks I'm feeling good about the pattern choice! jenny xx

  7. Sounds good to me Kim, crafting the night away certainly helps so much! it is a treat, but one that doesn't cost a lot and is so beneficial, I really think learning to knit was one of the best things I have ever done! jenny xx

  8. thank you for the tip Julie, I know I need to stop a little more often in a day, and definitely enjoy the scent of a warm big cup of coffee more! having little things like that to help you through the day is a great way to stay happier for longer. I've been trying doing a really big/warm smile at myself in the mirror if I feel down - not always easy but seems to help. Wolf Hall was excellent - i've finished all 6 episodes and though it great! Have you read the book? I would suggest reading it first, otherwise the show might not make as much sense/be as interesting. jenny xx

  9. Anne Sofie Wang Pedersen19 March 2015 at 21:08

    There is nothing like knitting on an exciting project. Time flies and everything is good. Especially with lots of tea and some good tv/movie/audiobook:)
    I am genereally in a bit low mood when I don't have a project to work on. So thank goodness for projects!