Knitting has helped me a lot lately! I took it religiously to every lecture and I worked on it, putting it down only to take notes. It helped me stay sane, I could concentrate easily on the lecture and keep my hands busy. It stopped me from mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. I noticed when I didn’t have something to work on my mind wandered.
I enjoy knitting but I don’t enjoy the negative comments that people around me make. This post goes out to all those narrow minded people who have made me feel bad about my love of handmade goodies.
1. Knitting is not just for Nanas. You see that nice woolen hat that cost $50+ in a store (but in reality cost maybe $5 to make)? Well I can make that, not for $5, but definitely less than $50 and I get enjoyment out of it. Plus no one will ever have the exact same hat as the one I just made!
2. I knit because I can’t sit still. Would you rather I interrupted your TV program every 3 minutes with a random thought? Or that I work quietly on my knitting? Eventually the rhythmic clacking of my needles will make you feel so relaxed you will complain when I don’t knit.
3. I’m not distracting you from the lecture. I make less noise with my needles than you do typing that Facebook message. I am less distracting than that person scrolling through Tumblr in the 3rd row and if you really wanted to be there learning you wouldn’t be making silly excuses like that.
4. Knitting can make me calmer than you would ever believe, maybe you should try it one day? Stressed out about tests and assignments? Take a break, knit something simple. Bored during your holidays? Knit yourself or someone you love a challenging lace shawl. Suffering from anxiety. Take a minute, watch your hands move the same way over and over, know that you can control the yarn and what it does. Boom, no more anxiety.
5. I have met the loveliest people working in a yarn store. I don’t have the same feeling others seem to about working in retail. Sure at times I get the odd customer who is a bit more challenging, but every day I still love going to work.
If you’re reading this and you don’t knit, I hope I have inspired you to try. Does anyone else have things they wish they could tell their non-knitter friends, or do you disagree with what I have said? Let me know. It’s surprising how much confidence the anonymity of this blog has given me.
Have a lovely week!
P.S. New post coming soon with 2 F.O’s!! Be excited, I am!