Knitting as Therapy

Properly practiced knitting soothes
the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t
hurt the untroubled spirit either.

~Elizabeth Zimmerman~

As you can see, I finally finished the sweater vest I started in April – hallelujah!  I love to knit, but as those of you who know me know, my knitting projects are often filled with roadblocks, and that is why a simple sweater takes me 8 months to complete – aaarrrgh!  I knit like I go through life, without my feet firmly planted on the ground.  What that means is, more often than not, I jump into things without proper planning or without reading the directions thoroughly.  I don’t always think things through which often leads to frustrating situations.  So, in knitting, I have gotten good at ripping stitches out and starting over with little frustration, and I’m getting better at knowing when I can fix a mistake – even though it won’t be perfect – and keep going.  These lessons in knitting transfer well to my life in general – knowing that I can start over again and again on my road to Self, and realizing what I’m doing doesn’t have to be perfect.  The lesson that I’m still working on in knitting, and life, is to stop procrastinating.  When I come to a roadblock in the pattern, I  often put the project aside for a long period of time, while the unfinished project waits patiently in my knitting bag, leaving me frustrated with myself for not doing one of the things that nurtures my creative spirit.

Now that this project is finished I am happily starting a new one – one stitch at a time – staying focused on what is in front of me.  And that is how I want to live my life – in the NOW.

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3 Responses to Knitting as Therapy

  1. carol Jennings says:

    it sounds a lot like painting, hmmm….
    love you


  2. Betsy says:

    It’s beautiful! … And it looks great on you!

  3. suellen1234 says:

    Thanks. I will get a lot of wear out of it. How is your knitting coming along?

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