I know that I have been posting a lot (ok, maybe slightly obsessive amounts)
about fitness and Beachbody. Hey, it’s what I do now and I just want to shout
it from the roof tops and spread the love. But that is just a part of who I am.
I am a fitness addict, Disney freak and knitting nerd. Yes, I knit and I’m
proud of it.
I taught myself to knit around 7 years ago. Time flies when you’re having fun. I
was looking for a hobby, something to do besides sit on the couch and eat potato
chips after work and on the weekends. I went to the closest Jo-Ann or Michaels
I can’t remember which one, got a “learn to knit” book, a skein (ball) of cheap
yarn and I was on my way to becoming obsessed with knitting. Like seriously
obsessed. I spent a lot of money on any type and color yarn and notion that I
could get my hands on to make uneven and holey scarfs. You can never have too
many stitch markers or skeins of yarn. My first projects, although major personal
accomplishments, were not something that I would wear inside my house with the
lights out, but I made them. I made something.
Once I “mastered” knitting and purling, I made the move up from “craft store” yarn
to actual yarn store yarn. I cannot describe the absolute euphoria and happy
warm and fuzzies that came over me when I stepped into Loop, my LYS (local yarn
store) for the first time. It felt like I was in the land of unicorns,
gumdrops, and candy canes. I had found my happy place. And that feeling never goes
away. And neither does shelling out 20 bucks for one skein of yarn. It’s worth
it. Trust me.
What do I knit? Mostly selfish projects. You know. Stuff for me. Hats, leg warmers,
little things like that. I have knit
myself a sweater. I am so proud of that thing. Even if it is made with the
scratchiest yarn in the most horrible shade of green. I got the yarn in a knitting
swap so it didn’t cost me anything, and enough yarn to make a sweater can be
pretty expensive. But it is my sweater and I love it, even if I only wear it
once or twice a year.
But like most of the things I do, knitting has fallen to the wayside. It has been a
while since I have picked up the needles but I am determined to finish my
folded poncho, as well as the 4 or 5 projects I rediscovered while tackling my
yarn stash a few weeks ago. I need to get back into it because it is meditation
for me. It calms me down, especially if it is an easy pattern and I have a
couple glasses of wine while binge watching Netflix. To me, there is nothing
more relaxing than the sound of knitting needles clicking away through purl and
knit stitches or the feeling of soft and fluffy baby alpaca yarn. Oh, you didn’t
know they made yarn from the wool of baby alpacas? Well they do, and you should
go squeeze a skein. It is life changing.
So here is to now more UFO’s (unfinished objects)
and meditating through knits and purls. And a nice glass of wine.