Why you should knit (or take up another creative hobby)

Somewhere, back in the fall, I lost my knitting mojo. No urge to work on any of the four projects I had on the needles. No desire to buy yarn (gasp!). No temptation to cast on the latest what’s-hot-on-Ravelry project. Nothing. Nada. Nichts.

Of course, I didn’t stop knitting.

Oh no. I had a secret Christmas sweater that had to be finished by the 25th of December (note, the knitting was all done, but hubby had to wait until the 28th for me to stitch the pieces together). And a pair of yoga socks I had promised to make for a friend (which I did finish and present to her last week).

Don’t get me wrong, both were enjoyable projects, it’s just that my usual, over-the-top enthusiasm for knitting had, quite frankly, evaporated.

Sometimes we fall (temporarily) out of love with the things we enjoy most.

So I sat down and made a list of why I like to knit (and why everybody should have a creative outlet in their life).

  • relaxation. The repetitive nature of visual-spatial tasks has been shown to change your brain for the better. And give your tired muscles a break after a tough workout in the gym.
  • productivity. Making something with your hands out of little snippets of spare time makes you feel efficient and productive. Even when sitting on your butt watching television.
  • multi-dimensionality. Having a creative hobby rounds out your personality, in particular if you tend to focus on a single facet of your life (like, perhaps exercise??)
  • friendship. Unique or uncommon hobbies are a great way to make new friends; friends you might not meet in your everyday life. My knitting and exercise friends rarely meet.
  • beauty. When I knit, I make beautiful things. Everybody says so and who am I to disagree?

In the hopes of kick-starting my creativity, I pulled together a quick collage of all the projects I finished in 2011. Just looking at them makes me want to start something new. How about you?

Do you have a creative hobby?

Tell me about it and what it adds to your life.

Comments

  1. I tried to learn to knit. I sucked and had no passion for it. But feel free to send me any of your lovely creations as I love sweaters. Your point about needing a creative outlet is so very true. For me, it’s baking. I don’t even eat most of what I make – I send it off to friends if it’s not something my kids would like. But it sure does relax me and make me feel clever.

    • Ooh, I love baking (actually, I love the eating part more than the baking part). If I baked more, I would have to knit much larger sweaters! And you couldn’t be any more clever!

  2. Your “me” time! Hooray! I am so thrilled to hear you got your knitting mojo back :) And, you are so talented! Getting inspired again in one part of your life can definitely expand beyond the project in focus. I hope you feel refreshed!

  3. I did enjoy crochet and knitting then my mojo was gone. And has been weak for months now. I will try jotting down a few of the joys yarn work brought me in hope to get back on my needles and hooks

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