Knitting is a very personal hobby for me. It allows me to grow as an artist and designer, but also as a person due to it’s meditative qualities. I find it much easier to work out stress in my life when I have a new project to work on while my mind spins around whatever challenges are on my mind. Here are 9 reasons why you need to start knitting and gaining the benefits now:
1. Quiet, Reflective Moments
It’s 1am while I’m writing this after an evening of knitting quietly to myself. Our guinea pigs nap off and on while I listened to an audiobook, and work on my latest cast on. Truly quiet moments like this are all too infrequent in my life, as I think they are in most. Knitting encourages me to intentionally take more of these moments; to stop and think about what is happening in my life, and in the world without the influence of anyone else. These reflective moments allow me to choose happiness and reduce negativity in my life.
“Knitting encourages me to intentionally take more of these moments; to stop and think about what is happening in my life, and in the world without the influence of anyone else.”
2. Digital Detox
For 2 hours tonight I sat in the living room alone, not scrolling through my phone or even watching TV but bettering my mind and myself. I cannot be alone when I say that Instagram and Pinterest can glue me to my phone until the battery must be plugged in, but knitting makes me want to put down my phone and do something that is both productive and relaxing.
3. Be More Productive
Think about all the time you spend each day waiting, watching TV, or wasting time on your phone. Now imagine if you spent that time creating something special, one-of-a-kind, and completely unique. By learning to knit that becomes possible! I started knitting when I was 10 and carried my knitting with me all the time; I have knit on the bus, waiting for classes to start, during lectures, waiting for the lights to dim at the movie theatre, in the backseat of the car, and while watching Jeopardy with my family growing up. Despite less available time as an adult, I still find I can fit in a row or two while waiting for school to start, at the doctor’s office, in the car (when Matt is driving of course!), and of course in the evenings watching TV. Each of those moments, I am able to make a little progress on something special for myself or others.
“All of my knitted items have greater value to me because of the love, time, and effort that I put into each of them. You could look into your closet and feel joy and pride because of the beautiful items that you created and know every stitch of.”
4. Live More Simply
With the rising popularity of minimalism, it’s hard not to try and take some efforts to simplify your life. The main way that I have been trying to implement minimalist thinking to my life is by asking what value does this item/activity add to my life? All of my knitted items have greater value to me because of the love, time, and effort that I put into each of them. You could look into your closet and feel joy and pride because of the beautiful items that you created and know every stitch of.
5. Custom, Custom, Custom!
Of course I value my hand knit sweater more than some sweater I bought from H&M because it was made with my body shape and style in mind. The colors were chosen for me, the size for me, the alterations for me. Making your own clothes and accessories is the best way to stand out and put your best foot forward!
When was the last time you went to a mall or ordered clothes online that were custom for you and you alone? I know that I never have. Since our bodies are not one of three sizes or shapes our clothes shouldn’t be either. The cool thing about hand knit clothes is their ability to be altered to your liking. Body inclusivity has been a huge discussion in the knitting community for the last year and many patterns are being rereleased to include more sizes. Amazing right? Now everyone can have beautiful hand knit sweaters that are meant just for them.
“Since our bodies are not one of three sizes or shapes our clothes shouldn’t be either. The cool thing about hand knit clothes is their ability to be altered to your liking.”
6. Portable Creative Outlet
Everyone needs a creative outlet, right? Something about painting or coloring on the road just doesn’t make sense… but knitting on the other hand is wonderfully portable! I always have multiple projects on the needles in various states. Some projects are more portable than others; socks are my favorite because you can just throw them in a bag and take them anywhere. Plus, I have taken knitting on every plane I’ve been on since 2005 and TSA has never taken my needles or little snips! (I only take circular needles and snips smaller than 3 inches long.)
7. Self Care Date Nights
Last year, most of the blog articles I read were about self love or self care and tips about how to make the most of that time. But seriously, nothing compares to when I clear off the couch and coffee table of all clutter, light a candle, pour a glass of red wine, turn on that show I’ve been dying to see, and knit. It is basically a date with myself. You could use a self date, couldn’t you? Bonus points if the project you’re knitting is for yourself!
“I have fiber friends who are from other countries, of all different ages, of many ethnicities, and of many genders. In the world that we live in, finding similarities and celebrating differences in who were all are as people is so important.”
8. Connecting with Other Knitters
I have made more friends because I am a knitter than any other reason! I have fiber friends who are from other countries, of all different ages, of many ethnicities, and of many genders. In the world that we live in, finding similarities and celebrating differences in who were all are as people is so important. Knitting is one similarity that I have with thousands of other people that I can connect with on Ravelry.
9. It’s Good for Your Health
Every so often I see an article, like this one, about how knitting is good for your health. They basically all say that knitting is a meditative hobby and many people feel more relaxed and less stressed after knitting. In 2019, don’t we all need a little (okay a lot) less stress in our lives? I know that I do.
So basically, knitting is good for you for so many reasons. Grab a set of needles and the yarn from the back of your closet and set to knitting. There are a ton of great YouTube video tutorials that you could watch or you could find a local sit and knit group to join that would help you grow your skills in person. However you learn, knitting is an awesome addition to your life. If you’re anything like me, it will change your life.