|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?