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Readers Respond: Reasons Why People Knit

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From the article: Your First Knitting Project
People knit for many different reasons beyond just producing garments and knit items for themselves, family, friends and charity. Whether you knit to calm your mind after a rough day, as an antidote to smoking or evening snacking, or just because you like being productive while watching television, share your thoughts here about why you like to knit. Share Your Reason


I suffer from Neuropathy and Lymphedema plus the bad days with "chemo brain." Knitting helps me through my rough days. I have never heard that it was bad for me to I will continue to do it.
—Guest Chemogirl

So many reasons....

It's FUN and so many more, like time wasting for when I'm anxious.
—Guest Liz


I live somewhere cold, and there's nothing, nothing, that will keep you warm like homemade wool socks. I also like knitted kitchen towels (way, way better than the ones you can buy) so I just make them. It is also keeping me sane in this isolated place!
—Guest Ruby

Knitting. A Love token

I love knitting for the immense satisfaction I get from turning a beautiful yarn into a lovely garment or decoration. I love the way it grows- the more time I put it the quicker it grows and the more pleasure I take from it. More importantly though for me, when knitting for people I love, every stitch is a token of the love I feel for the person I'm knitting for; whether it be my children, my grand-daughter, my close friends or the man in my life. Knitting allows me to be close to those I love even if they're the other side of the world.
—Guest Kerry

Why I Knit

Knitting started as a hobby oh so long ago as a child. It filled long boring summer days when there was not a lot to do in a small yard. Fast forward to today and it has allowed me to give gifts that are unique to the recipient for a lot less than what could be purchased off a shelf. It has given me ways to keep my own kids entertained and warm, allowed me to keep a cross-country team warm during the colder portions of practice and meets, allowed me to reduce my stress levels and at times my blood pressure when things were worse than anything ever experienced, allowed me time to pray for those in need with the rhythm of the stitches and now to help shelter those in need through Warm Up America and other charities. I knit because I am ME!
—Guest mrsscubafish

knitting in tandem

I knit because it gives my eyes a pleasure after making the final result. It eases my tension and it keeps me busy during nights when I can't sleep, when I'm broken-hearted its what makes me get over the pain knowing there's a much more beautiful thing to look after.
—Guest andy

13 and I knit

I knit because I was trying to find something to do and my mom was doing it so I tried it too and loved it so much that I learned to crochet too!
—Guest Olivia

Let me Count the Ways! Even if it's 1

I like the way it makes me feel, like I've accomplished something. It relaxes me and makes me giddy about being able to do something so beautiful. Plus, when I get upset, I get a free hat out of the deal when the knitting frenzy is over!
—Guest Christelle

Why I Knit?

I knit because at my local hospital there are about 30-50 babies born there every day and we get a lot of babies come back in with Shaken Baby Syndrome. In response to this my hospital created a program where we can knit purple hats to help prevent this from happening. It helps because when the baby is wearing it the parents see it and know sometimes babies just cry with no specific reason. So that's why I knit and I'm only 17.
—Guest Mackenzie


I've just got back into Knitting, I have Fibromyalgia and thought it would help me to relax and take my mind off the pain. I can't wait to try out some new patterns and maybe someday knit something more than just a scarf!
—Guest Vicky

To Feel Closer to my Nan

My nan taught me to knit when I was a little girl. She died when I was 15. I am now 21 and recently picked up my needles again. It is great to remain creative, and to know that one day I may be able to use my hobby to make a little bit of money, but mostly, it makes me think of my nan. I like to feel close to her. As it turns out, I am actually pretty good for a relative beginner, and I like to think that it is my nan, keeping an eye on my work.
—Guest Ambercrystal

My friend is THE reason why i knit...

I started knitting about a week ago and can already rib, stockinette, and basketweave! It is so relaxing and that's why I love it!
—Guest Sasha B

Life Long Love of Knitting

I began knitting as a seven year old little girl when my mother was a Girl Scout leader. She was teaching the older girls how to knit and I wanted to learn. Now I'm 75 and I'm still knitting! I used to knit aran sweaters, but now I have arthritis in my hands, so I knit socks, mainly. I give them to my two daughters, one of my sons and many of my friends when their birthdays roll around. I cannot watch TV without knitting. I've taught my ladies church group to knit, too. It's great therapy!
—Guest Diane Ferver

So Many Reasons

Relaxation, creativity, feeling of accomplishment, visual pleasure, tradition, to develop a skill, pleasure of giving
—Guest Lulu

Just for Fun

My grandmother taught me to knit 69 years ago. I didn't knit very much when I was young as I was too busy working and raising a family, but now I am retired. I organized a knitting class in a seniors' residence. Now I just love Friday mornings with all my new friends. I knit every night and sell a lot at a bazaar in November. I take orders from people and just have a wonderful time knitting for them. It is a great hobby.
—Guest Shirley Mc

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