About the other thing I love to do

Well, it seems like ages since I’ve written about my other favorite past time. The one I spend just as much (or more) time engaging in as exercise. When I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about doing it. I even think about doing it while I’m exercising. I sometimes dream about it.

Need a hint?

fitKNITchick! (I’ve written before about the parallels between knitting and exercise; if you haven’t read this post, you should!).

I knit for sanity. (That is, to preserve my own.) I knit because it keeps my hands busy. I knit because it feels like meditation. I knit to be productive. I knit for aesthetics as well as for function. I knit to learn new things. I knit for mental stimulation. I knit because it makes me feel like me.

Knitting is the yang to my exercise ying.

When I’m having  ‘one of those days’, my children will tell me to go and knit. They recognize that it calms and soothes me and turns the ‘dragon lady’ back into their happy, smiling mom.

So what have I been knitting? Where to start?

I’ve finished up several shawly, scarfy things since I last showed you my knitting basket (click on the images for direct links to my Ravelry projects page; that’s where you’ll find details about the patterns and yarns);

Several pairs of socks (in high demand around my house now that the cold weather has finally arrived);

A couple of hats (not sure why I keep knitting them for myself, they always look much better on my daughter);

some fingerless gloves;

two knitted, then felted yarn baskets (not sure why I enjoy felting so much);

and a cute, cropped shrug (for some reason, I only managed a crappy PhotoBooth shot of this one);

Although I promised myself that I wasn’t going to commit to knitting Christmas presents this year (it always turns into a last minute, stressed out, knit-but-not-enjoy-it-fest), I couldn’t help myself and cast on a rather large, secret project (I can’t talk about it here, just in case the recipient decides to read this post :) ).

There may be a few other, late-in-the-game gift knits too; I’m experiencing a terrible case of ‘startitis’ (def. the urge the cast on project after project after project without finishing anything that’s already on the needles). More soon, promise!

We all need activities that nurture and calm us. I knit. What about you?

Comments

  1. Tracey Turnbull says:

    I love love love the blue fingerless gloves…..I will give anything to have them! Please let me buy them!!

    • Oh, sorry Tracey, they’ve already been gifted; to the 2 year old daughter of a friend! Yes, they’re that tiny! Guess I should have placed something else in the picture as a size reference! You’ve got a good eye though; there’s cashmere in the yarn…

  2. Grace Kashiwagi says:

    You’re so talented,Tamara!

  3. Play and sing old folk songs on my Fender guitar

  4. I loved your projects. I’m knitting Christmas stockings for my soon-to-arrival granddaughter. She needs two, of course. One for her house and one for grandma’s house. I’m also knitting angel ornaments. I buy kits or patterns, as I am not clever enough to design my own patterns. Kudos to you for being able to do that. I think I will have to try you sock patterns soon.

    • Are you on Ravelry, Susan? I’d love to look at your projects page!
      I’ve never knit ornaments, or anything tiny, but am tempted to try my hand at those teeny, tiny stuffed monsters (minions, I believe they’re called) that are all the rage right now!
      Socks are not that hard; if you can knit on circulars or DPN’s you’re good to go!

  5. Grace, you are so sweet!
    Hope your injuries are healing…

  6. Wow. You’re very talented. Love the scarfy thing and the socks look so comfy.

    Photography is the “yang to my exercise ying” (love that). I don’t know if there is ever a time when I’m not viewing my life as a possible shot even while running. I’m never without a camera.

  7. Any you’re photographs are beautiful! I love how you capture the details of ordinary objects up close and in a way that makes me look twice!

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