This week you are in for a treat, a guest blog from Vanessa Sit at Geekdom Knits. Here she shares her top reasons to try knitting.
Top 10 Reasons to Try Knitting
- Everything old is new again. Like typewriters and cassette tapes, people are re-discovering knitting. It’s not some boring skill that you learned in school.
- We live in Canada, a country where it’s cold most of the year. Instead of bundling up in your parka and braving the elements, why not stay inside where it’s nice and warm and do some knitting.
- Stress relief. We all have those days where we want to throw a chair across a room. Knitting is a great way to relax and relieve some of that tension. The repetitive nature of knitting makes it very easy to zone out.
- It’s a great way to kill time. This is kind of a follow up to point 8. Knitting is a great activity to do where there’s a lot of waiting involved, like taking a long flight or sitting in a doctor’s office. Small projects like socks and hats are easy to pack up and transport, so you can take them anywhere with you. So instead of looking at things on your phone while you wait, put that time to better use.
- Sense of accomplishment. You can make something with just yarn, two pointed needles, and lots of patience where there wasn’t something there before.
- You can customize. Have you either seen a knitted item that you thought was super cute but you didn’t like the colour it came in? Well, with knitting, you can make whatever you want in your favourite colour all the time. You can also adjust the size of items, which is great, because every person has their own unique proportions.
- Heirloom items. When I was a kid, my sister and I each had a pair of these alligator mittens that were knitted by my cousins’ grandmother. We thought they were the coolest things ever. Alligators on your hands! We’re both a lot older now, but guess what? My sister passed on her pair of alligator mittens to her daughter and now my niece gets to enjoy them, too. Despite being over 30 years old, these mitts still look good. So, you too, can craft something that can entertain your family for decades to come.
- Perfect gifts for everyone. This is kind of related to point 5, but knitting allows you to make anything that matches a person’s taste or preferences. For example, you can knit a toque for a friend in the colours of their favourite hockey team. Or you can customize a Christmas ornament to look like the Golden Snitch from Harry Potter. There are no limitations on what you can design and create.
- It keeps your mind sharp. This goes for knitting or any hobby that’s mentally stimulating. Studies have shown that hobbies promote the development of neural pathways in the brain that help to maintain cognitive health. This is a great benefit for when you get older.
- It’s fun!
Bonus: When the zombie apocalypse comes, you will have learned a skill that doesn’t require electricity or the internet.