We all have times when our knitting doesn’t quite resemble what we’re expecting to see on our needles. If you’ve been putting a lot of energy, focus and determination into the knitting, it can sometimes go wrong. That’s when we need to take a breath.
You may feel like throwing the needles and yarn across the room, there’s another option. Maybe we want to rip it all out and abandon the whole project.
Taking time to release any anxiety or tension will mean you’re in a much better place to fix any mistakes. And you never know there may not be a mistake at all, you could just be reading the wrong row on the pattern, but have been knitting for too long a period without a break to notice.
You can set the mistake to rights, just take a breath first.
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I’ve been practising yoga since 2012 and it has made a major difference to all parts of my life. The physical and mental benefits have been a big part of me getting a better handle on my two long-term health conditions.
And would you believe I don’t knit as much since practicing yoga?
But those things that I do knit are enjoyable knits. I’m enthusiastic about every item and I love the finished pieces.
Yoga reaches all parts of the mind, body and spirit, reaching from the breath, to the bones, joints, muscles, energy, mind and spirit.
One aspect of yoga that is known and recognised more and more is mindfulness. This can be a big support when you’re knitting. If you’re mindful of each stitch and take notice of how the fingers are moving you’ll be less likely to make mistakes.
Mindfulness also supports the part of knitting that we may not recognise – the feelings in the body as we knit.
Do you have a furrowed brow from following a complicated pattern?
Perhaps you are straining your eyes in a darkened room later in the evening, you just haven’t taken the time to close the curtains and switch on the light.
You may be crouched over the knitting to see an intricate stitch pattern and notice three hours later that your shoulders and neck hurt.
These might be avoided or lessened by being more mindful when we knit, from the difficulty of patterns we choose, to the length of time we sit in one place without a break.
See more yoga for knitters videos, in this blog’s Yoga For Knitters category.