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A Quick Word About Life & Knitting


Recently I have been a bit busy and fallen behind on, well, everything. I’ll reveal everything later this week but we are still in the process of getting things right behind the scenes.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share an interview I did with Scottish mental health advocates, Mind Waves. I am a strong believer in the restorative powers of knitting. I am also hugely grateful for all the love and support we share in our knitting community. If you are a regular reader, you will know that rediscovering knitting helped me through some rough patches in my life – and I know I am not the only one. Many of you have been kind and generous enough to share stories about your life with me. Thank you.

Knitting is kind and generous too. When life does not afford us the chance to start things over and correct mistakes, knitting is patient and does not mind when we have to rip back a few rows to untangle a cable. Knitting can be as simple as a cast-on + a knit stitch + a cast-off (a beautiful thing for the uneasy soul); knitting can be as challenging as Estonian lace (equally beautiful for a mind that seeks distraction). We may have uneven stitches, but blocking sorts that out.

Sometimes I wish life could be more like knitting, but then I look around me and I see a life filled with knitters, stitches, yarn, and books. I think it’s as good as it gets.

4 Thoughts on “A Quick Word About Life & Knitting

  1. Knitting is wonderful – it continues to teach me lessons about life. Things like we can only take one stitch at a time, but eventually we can produce something beautiful. Things like if we make a mistake, it’s best to go back and make things right, because in the long run we’ll be glad we did. Things like we have something important to teach others, and many more things to learn from others. We should always be grateful to the person(s) who taught us to knit, and always be willing to pass this gift on to others.

  2. Sara W on April 26, 2016 at 10:07 am said:

    Lovely words that I totally relate to. Knitting and knitters have nourished my soul when times have seemed very bleak, have been supportive, challenging, taught me that it is okay not to be perfect, indeed perfection may not need to be sought. And have literally added colour to my days.

  3. Daphna on April 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm said:

    Such good words. Knitting and thread are most literally a lifeline at times. Images of the labyrinth or maze and Ariadne’s thread come to mind.

    Couldn’t bring up the interview link and wondering if there is a website to look it up? Thanks!

  4. Ye gods, knitting has been such a massive support for me the past couple of years, particularly in terms of the community it has helped me connect to. I am very, very grateful for its powers.

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