Usually I'd agree. I'm on strong painkillers every day for my physical disability and every now and then dealing with it, when I never get a day off from pain and discomfort, becomes too much. Then I want to hide under the duvet until I get my mojo back, which is usually in the next day or so. Perhaps this reactive depression is nature's way of making me rest - usually I push myself to my boundaries because there's so much I want to do and I have lots of life left to live.
Certainly knitting as a hobby is a great one for me. The monotonous (though not to me) rhythm of following pattern helps me get into a 'zone' where my mind is distracted from what hurts. I love seeing in knitted yarn what I've achieved that day. Plus it's a hobby I can do in bed if needs be. I have brittle bones and my most common fracture is a leg bone, be it femur or tibia. So I can knit even with a fracture!
|The gloves knitted by Susan Crawford|
I knitted one and a half gloves but then took a breather from the project in order to knit a couple of Christmas gifts. Last week I went back to the second glove, thinking it would take a long evening to finish it. But could I do it? Could I heck. I must have spent about 16 hours knitting then pulling out, knitting then pulling out even more because I was going very wrong somewhere in the lace pattern. For the life of me I couldn't work out what I was doing wrong.
|My choice of colour for the gloves|
Finally, a mini-miracle. It clicked in my brain what I was doing wrong, and I remembered that I'd briefly had the same problem when I started knitting the first glove. Twice in the lace row there's an instruction to yarn over then knit through the back loop of the next stitch. I was putting the yarn to the front, but this wasn't creating the extra stitch required. Instead I had to wrap the yarn around the needle. Of course when the pattern stated a yarn over before a normal knit stitch just putting moving the yarn to the front before knitting worked fine.
Last night I finished the gloves. They are very comfy and I'm sure I'll get lots of wear out of them. They'll also serve as reminder to persevere with a pattern, but not to let myself take it too seriously when knitting goes wrong.
|My finished glove!|