Knitting’s My Soul Saver

I think of nothing but the next stitch.

I’m not a great knitter; I’m not even very proficient, but I love it.  It soothes my soul, calms my mind, and makes my brain feel balanced.  I wish I had started knitting years ago, but alas, it’s really only been a few.  If you’ve been reading my blog you know this past year has been one of the worst of my life.  I never realized I could be betrayed by people I thought were friends, bosses I thought cared about me.   Money has a funny way of changing people, doesn’t it?   Yarn has yet to let me down, be it cheap or luxuriously expensive.  It’s smooth or bumpy, soft or scraggly, bright or subdued.  It only goes where I tell it to go.  It doesn’t take off on a tangent without my directions.  I like love that.

This is the year I swear I’m going to knit a sweater, but it’s already August, and I still don’t feel ready.  I want to do one in an incredibly soft alpaca, but jiminy crickets, the cost!  Better Half has been amazing watching baskets in our house fill up with yarn, but there’s got to be a limit!

Thank you fiber for being a good friend.  Thank you for introducing me to wonderful new fiber friends who make me laugh until I have to put my knitting down.  You’re pretty special to me, and I appreciate that you don’t get agitated at me during my insomnia; you always let me call you no matter the time.

Thank you for allowing me to escape to a place where people are kind and my mind is free of clutter.  You are a good friend, and I do believe I shall keep you for life.  Now, about that sweater. . . .

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 03:16:16

    I love how knitting helps you. I am afraid I do not have the patience or the skill to do it, but I always enjoy seeing what you have made. I hope the rest of the year is better. You deserve happiness!

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  2. cpeezers
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:14:48

    Your knitting is beautiful. Please tell me what the first photo is of as I want to make it right now. 🙂 Beautiful photo and you are certainly a proficient knitter! I love this post because I feel the same way about knitting and my yarn!

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  3. JulieD
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 23:31:58

    So beautiful, Lisa! I could never knit or crochet. My mom loves to crochet, as it relaxes her. She even makes blankets for my pets and they love them!

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  4. Joyce
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:13:53

    Everything you make is beautiful. It is “sweater time” for sure. Sometimes I wish I didn’t love to knit. Then I would get some sleep that I need.

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  5. Janet Taber
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:21:58

    Knitting is my lifeline, too. I have come to the point where a day without knitting feels incomplete–makes me feel like I’m gonna unravel. Getting into the rhythm of mindless knitting or even following a pattern helps me empty my mind of the day’s cares. Yarn running through my fingers lubricates my spirit as the lanolin soothes the cracks in my hands. I could wax poetic forever about knitting….but you already know all that. So let me end with one more good thing: not only does knitting soothe my soul–at the end of the strand, there is something sweet to keep! Love your shawl and scarf pix–that turqoise-y color is wonderful!

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  6. Rachel Palmieri
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:18:28

    I don’t know much about knitting (I’ve done 1 or 2 scarves and they weren’t pretty) but the pictures you posted above are beautiful. I think you have to give yourself more credit as a knitter!

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  7. Becky Warner
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:02:48

    You are so ready to do a sweater! Trust me, you can!

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  8. BreastCancerSisterhood.com
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:25:57

    That is a work of art, so you can’t say you’re not a good knitter. I don’t know anything about knitting, but I’d buy that sweater in a heartbeat.

    Your post has made me smile, and it’s made me think. James used to say, “Step away from the computer,” and I did, because he was here. I work at my computer all the time since he died. I think I need to start finding time to do some things just for me that don’t involve the computer and my mind is free of clutter.

    XOXOXO,
    Brenda

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    • Karma Per Diem
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:30:24

      Ah Brenda–thanks, that’s very kind of you. I will tell you that knitting is something just for me and I can carry it anywhere. It just frees up my mind in a very good way! 🙂 Lisa

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