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
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
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
Relaxation and Relief
- I knit because it relaxes me, helps take away the nerve pain I have from peripheral neuropathy and simply because I love doing it! Rarely a day goes by without the needles in my hands if only for a short time.
- —Guest Sharon
- I enjoy creating - mixing yarns and colors and just designing as I knit.
- —Guest Martha
So Many Reasons To Knit!
- I knit because: 1. It lets me watch television without feeling guilty about being idle, 2. It relieves stress, 3. I can see a concrete result and it (usually!) is beautiful. I also knit because I fall in love with so many skeins of yarn. I love the infinite variety of yarns, especially handspun or hand-dyed yarns; the softness of alpaca, merino, llama--plus mohair and angora. For someone who grew up thinking that "yarn" meant a 4 oz. skein of worsted weight wool or orlon, the amazing yarns available now are just intoxicating. It seems almost magical to watch them become "something" on the needles!
- It relieves the pressures of daily life! I learned when I was a child but I didn't picked it up again until 40 years later. It helped me get through a life crisis.
- —Guest Cindy
My Reason For Knitting
- I learned just for the pleasure of knitting; now, my cousin works in Labor and Delivery at the local hospital and was concerned that the hats given there did not fit the premature babies, so now I knit smaller hats for the premature babies. I also make some a little larger too. I have been knitting for 40+ years and enjoy the "squeals of delight" when giving a handmade gift to a friend.
- —Guest Bev
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