Alyssa asked to see some of my knitting. Well, I have a knitting blog I normally share that sort of thing with. However, I don’t mind putting some of my recent projects up here.
Knitting is, well, it’s hard to describe with one word what knitting is for me. I find it to be a big stress reliever. I think it’s the rhythmic, repetitive motion that does it. I also like that you can see the thing you are making take shape and I get a real sense of accomplishment from that. This was important in lab when it seemed like all I did all day long was pipet clear liquid from one tube into another tube. Now, that sense of accomplishment is important to me because I have no tangible evidence of what I do while writing.
Some people say that they don’t have the patience to knit, but I find that knitting gives me patience. I can stand in the longest line ever, sit on the longest flight ever if I have my knitting to do during that time. Knitting also helps me pay attention. I found that knitting during seminars really helped me focus on what was being said in the seminar. It seems a little counterintuitive, but it was like there was a part of my brain that needed to be kept busy with something for the rest of my brain to focus (otherwise, I would doodle, or fidget, or just space off). I even used to knit during lab meeting. My advisor didn’t seem to have a problem with it, probably because I was still asking questions and making relevant observations and comments.
These days, knitting also provides some of the few social interactions that I have. I have joined a knitting group that meets twice a week. Without that knitting group, the only person I would talk to would be my husband. And while I love him dearly, I need some other people to talk to every once in awhile, you know?
So, knitting is pretty important to me. I didn’t get to do much of it while I was still working in lab (you know, beyond what I did at seminars and lab meeting) but I have lots more time for it here. Here are a few of the things I’ve made recently, most of them presents for Christmas: