Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time out for knitting

I am pretty sure I forgot to show you this new alpaca/merino yarn I bought at the Royal Winter Fair from Meadowview Alpaca's booth:

Isn't it pretty?  I've been acquiring a lot of these blue and green colours from yarn and fiber clubs lately, but I picked these out on purpose because they were so soft and a slightly heavier weight than the others on offer.

I really, really want to make a hat with one and a pair of fingerless gloves with the other.  Even though I don't have time for either project, sigh.

And because of that fact, I wanted to put it out there today for anybody else juggling just a ton of crazy stuff right now: give yourself an hour a day to knit

Any old relaxing thing with yarn that just feels great under your hands, like this buttery stuff I can't even find time to cake.  For me, just a 45 minute episode of some interesting educational program about history or science plus soft yarn passing between my fingers is enough to push away all the worries and set me up good and strong for the next onslaught.

It's kind of like exercise, the way taking that bit of time can help improve your health.  Except with exercise, we often feel guilty if we don't do it - and with knitting, we can feel guilty if we do!  It's as if the fact that it feels so peaceful and restful means that it's an indulgence and therefore not important enough to fit into the schedule.

Well, boots to that.  Relaxing is just as valuable as lifting weights (though strength training is very very important for bone health, of course), and its value increases the busier you are.

So take some time to knit today, and I'll try very hard to do the same.  And I'll see you back here again tomorrow!

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