Knit/Purl is My Yin/Yang
That's right, I'm a hippie. At my work desk I have crystals for concentration and a plant for oxygen (haven't killed it yet, so I think it's still working.)
I do yoga and understand that meditation is really f*cking good for me and I get really frustrated that I can't quiet my mind. So let me introduce a new concept: knitting meditation.
Sounds less intimidating, right?
I started thinking about this last night as I knit up my "Effortless Cardigan." (Spoiler alert, it's NOT effortless to make, it requires a lot of time and you do have to pay attention to the shoulder shaping, but, that being said, it is a pretty simple pattern to follow.) Most of the garment is in stockinette stitch, where you knit a full row, turn the work, and purl a full row. It ends with 3" of k2 p2 ribbing. As I clicked by bamboo needles back and forth, my mind became pretty calm. The repetition felt good in my hands and I liked watching my "effort" manifest into something tangible. It was so gratifying to turn over the work and run my hand over the front of the "Vs" I'd created that evening.
So, maybe it's okay that I need to make something to get all zen, right?
Here's to productive relaxation. Oh, and also to green beer! Cheers!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, you knitheads.