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:

One of a pair of socks for my sister

One of a pair of socks for my mother

A toy for my nephew

Scarf for a charity project

More toys for nephew

Bag for bath gift set for SIL

Washcloth for gift set

4 thoughts on “Knitting

  1. I also find it important for me to do things that offer clear evidence of progress or accomplishment, so I can totally see how rewarding knitting can be. I love the things you’ve made!

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