Knitting is one of my major go-to activities. Like the really old saying about your credit card, “Never leave home without it,” I can’t imagine being stuck waiting in the doctor’s office or on a plane or car journey without my knitting. My daughter gets panicky if she doesn’t have a snack for something to eat in her backpack, I get panicky if I don’t have a book to read or don’t have my knitting bag with me. I make sure that I have an unfinished project hanging around in case I finish something and don’t have another item to knit. At this very moment the “never ending scarf” is sitting in a bag beside my chair.
For me, knitting is much more than a hobby. I knit when I attend meetings because I know that I will be way more focused and attentive if my hands are occupied. I have been known to be disruptive and unruly when I’m not interested and knitting has definitely alleviated that sort of behaviour. I bet I would have been much better behaved in school if I could have knit. I love to binge-watch (mainly British murder mysteries) in the evenings and if I knit while I watch, I don’t feel guilty.
Knitting is also an important social activity for me. I have a knitting group and we meet every Monday evening–I’m waiting for them to arrive at my house tonight. I went on a knitting train to Smithers a couple of weekends ago with a group of about 38 women and on my bucket list is a knitting tour of Ireland. As well as having social benefits, knitting is apparently good for one’s health.
Mainly I knit for my family and friends. I have knit for myself but when I do I rarely am happy with what comes off my needles so I usually give the scarf or shawl or sweater away. For several years now I’ve knit “going to kindergarten sweaters” for my grandchildren or those of my friends. I knit afghans, toques, fingerless gloves, scarves, cowls, sweaters, toys and I even knit a skirt for my daughter. Lately I’ve been knitting shawls.
I have taught two of my granddaughters and one of my grandsons to knit.
My sister-in-law gave me a pin which I have attached to my knitting bag which says “I knit so I won’t kill people.”