Last Sunday, I was watching football (the Championship games) and knitting, and it occurred to me why knitting is becoming such a positive thing for me to do. I first learned to knit in high school and made a sweater which I never wore. In college, I tried making a vest for a friend of mine, got carried away, and in the end it was so huge that only a member of the Harlem Globetrotters could wear it. So I put my needles away and forgot all about knitting and all other craft-related activities, for that matter.
But now that I make baskets and hang around with all these beautiful women in the San Juan County Textile Guild, I see them knitting all the time – at meetings, on the ferry, at social gatherings, while watching TV. Their hands are always busy, and it has made my hands start to twitch with eagerness to be doing something similar. A friend of mine was knitting a scarf like this, and she said that it was really easy to do, and that I could do it. She was right. I can, and I am doing it. Just like riding a bike, it all came back to me.
So this is why I am liking this process so much. I can take it anywhere. It is a really good way to focus and to concentrate. For this scarf, it is 8-8-6-6-4-4-20. I need to pay attention, but at the same time it is very relaxing. When I am nervous about anything, it is very soothing. I breathe better. Knitting is a good way to hold me in the present moment. I lose myself in the repetition of doing one stitch after another. And I join in the archetypal process of all those knitters who came before me.
Best of all, by the time the Superbowl is over, I will have a fun and whimsical new scarf to wear.