Stress and knitting

I only learned to knit nine months ago, but since then I’ve fallen into the pattern of stressing about unfinished projects. Last night, I knit three rows on the afghan, then set it aside to get ready for bed. I realized that I had no expectations about this particular project, and it was fine to get it done whenever. That realization was nice. I felt relaxed about working on the afghan a little at a time. I decided to treat all my knitting like this. After all, I’ve got more than enough other expectations …both external and internal… supplying plenty of stress, and don’t need my hobby to be another source of the lovely stuff.

Hope I can keep this perspective for a while!

Author: Jorah Lavin

I grew up in New England, moved to the Carolinas in '98 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing intranet content management and intranet site management for said bank. After work, I watch movies & eat. I've been studying Aikido since 2014, and I ride an old Honda Shadow. Someday I want to go skydiving.

  • Yes, don’t let the WiPs stress you out! I get like that too and sometimes I can relieve that anxiety by ripping something out and calling it quits. Sometimes I can just knock one or two out and be done. Recently I just put 2 WiPs in “hibernation” (according to Ravelry) and that alone made me feel so much better.

  • Lety

    I usually put my boring blanket down when I feel my hands in a death grip. Thanks for reminding me to put it down when I’ve had enough!

  • What a great knitting philosophy to have! I may take it up myself…. after the Ravelympics hehe

  • Corvidae

    That is a really good idea – I’m bad about deadline knitting. Good to remember this is a hobby, not a job! : )

  • Mary Ann / ibby

    I know exactly how you feel. It’s such a great feeling to be able to relax with your knitting, or in my case crocheting. I love being able to put what I’m working on down and not having to worry about when it will get done. There are times however when I do have deadlines. That’s when I usually stop enjoying what I’m doing as much as I usually would.

  • Great post. I’m not usually stressed about knitting, well except if there’s a deadline. But nice to be reminded it’s a hobby.

  • Nettie

    Good plan. Knitting is suppose to help relieve stress not become of source of stress. Too bad I can’t practice that and stop stressing out over having to keep frogging my Ravelympics project. Why oh why did I decide to design it too?

    Maybe I need to borrow a little of your perspective. I too have lots of expectations in my life that are imposed upon me and I shouldn’t be adding more voluntarily with my knitting.

    Thanks. Seeing your blog entry came very timely. Hope you are still keep your perspective.

    Nettie