Why do I knit?

This is a question that seems to be asked of me quite often. If you are a fellow knitter, I am sure that you also get asked that same question and if you don’t knit, then maybe I can help you to understand why I knit and why others may feel the same way.

First and foremost, I am a crafter at heart and any craft that is thrown my way, I am willing to at least give a go at it and if I don’t like it, I move on. If I do like it, watch out, because I will buy stock in materials!

However there are many reasons I love to knit. One being that I can take it anywhere with me. My children are in numerous activities and while watching and/or waiting I can knit my heart out. We often drive to Michigan to visit family and we fly to Arizona and I can take it with me then as well. Knitting is such a portable craft!

Another reason I love to knit is that it is like my yoga. If I have had a bad day, I can pick up my knitting and focus completely on that and only that, and the stress dissapates. Knitting relaxes me and makes me happy. Granted, there are those tricky patterns that can make you want to pull your hair out, but for the most part, it is very relaxing and comforting.

The utmost reason I love to knit is becuause I like to knit for others. Any project that I start for someone else I ALWAYS finish. Making gifts for others is so much more gratifying than anything I could ever make for myself. Knitting blaknets, hats, mittens, and scarves for children who need them, or donating to shelters or just giving something away to a friend because they are special! It is something that really warms my heart and I am happy to do it!

I had started making felted hedgehogs and one friend was very excited about them so I offered to make one for her! I was delighted when she accepted and asked her to choose colors for me and she chose lavendar and sage to go with her daughters bedroom since the hedgie was going to be for her. I have now completed the hedgehog for her and it is all wrapped up and packaged to go out in tomorrows mail. I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it!!

Enjoy your hedgie, Gretel!!! {{Hugs}}

Hedgie Too


~ by KarrieLyne on July 18, 2007.

3 Responses to “Why do I knit?”

  1. I think just about any knitter that read your post today will be able to identify. I had a very stressful day this week and spent most of the day fighting back tears…that night I pulled my knitting out and after about 10 minutes of knitting I felt myself relaxing and calming and becoming centered.

    …and after taking a yoga class…I can tell you that it is quite similar. I didn’t really think about that until reading your post. At yoga class it’s all about letting the troubles of the world slip away and focusing on breathing and “the practice”. That’s a lot like knitting.

    Although I find that I knit while doing other things, so there seems to be some little knob inside that when the needles are clicking that it turns down the volume on the stress level in my life.

    At a very troubling time in my life–about 7 months ago, I knitted a rug for the bathroom in my new apartment. I would hate to guess how many tears are contained in that rug. Each time I see it I am reminded of the peace that I was able to find while knitting and while working on charity baby quilts. When I felt that my world was falling apart around me…the crafts helped me to keep it all together..

    …well sorta, I’m still a goofball at heart.



  2. Funny as it may seem but I too do know how to knit. I learned that in the blizzard of 1979 when there was nothing else my mother could do to keep 3 boys couped up indoors for 3 solid days.

    I can knit the heck out of a scarf complete with holes and gaps and really looking terrible, but it was fun. It was fun to learn something that none of my friends could do. Sure I took some ribbing, but for the most part, I had a talent that others didn’t.

    I still know how to knit, and although I don’t do it very often, it’s nice to know that I can always fall back on my knitting if the Internet ever shuts down.


    Andy Bilodeau

  3. Gretel LOVES her Hedgie (and so does her Mommy b/c of how she came to be). Here’It came today and here’s a pic I just took of Gretel with it:


    Thanks, again, for your sweet and generous offer!

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