It’s been five weeks since I first put knitting needles to wool.
For anyone who’s a seasoned knitter, wow, you make it look SO easy – I’m impressed! I was all fingers and thumbs to begin with. Granted, I’ve started to speed up a little and my technique is gradually improving, so I’m hoping practice (and lots of patience) will (eventually) make perfect.
By the way, knitting is for EVERYONE! Pull out that Granny emoji – I’m ready to rock my knitting needles.
Why start knitting now?
Well – there’s no time like the present!
I’ve always wanted to learn to knit – the idea of being able to make things for myself and others really appealed (big fan of woolly jumpers). We never learnt this skill at school, which was a shame…
But hey, many years on, Anxiety UK gave me the nudge I needed to get knitting with their Christmas Jumper Campaign. You buy their pattern for £2, buy the wool and other bits (granted, this does add up, but in terms of a hobby it’s very reasonable) and off you go.
Well, that’s the plan – but..
As I was a complete newbie, I hadn’t quite realised that a jumper is quite an ambitious first project to take on! “Most people start with a scarf”, my Stepmum said. Thankfully, she was there to help get me started.
Now, I try to spend a little of each day knitting and purling – see, using the lingo and everything 😉 The jumper so far? Let’s just say it’s got character! I’m quite pleased with how it’s progressing on the whole, despite a few little holes here and there! That’s okay though – tells a story of my first homemade jumper.
A mindful activity
Not only was I keen to learn to knit to master a new skill, I’d also heard it was a great mindful activity, good for easing anxiety. Your sole focus is on the knitting, which means your mind can’t be wandering off to other thoughts/worries. As IBS and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, I’m always on the lookout for mindful techniques and I have found it really relaxing so far – therapeutic, in fact, not to mention, rewarding – seeing the jumper grow.
When I bought the pattern from Anxiety UK, I didn’t realise I’d be automatically entered into a draw to win a set of wool. I was lucky enough to win! So I actually have a spare set of wool that I’d already bought myself – that will be my second project, I guess!
I’ll keep you updated of my jumper progress. I’m not sure it’ll be ready in time for Christmas at this rate, but I’ll try! Here’s week one versus week five.
Is anyone else knitting a jumper for the Anxiety UK Christmas Campaign?
Would love to hear any knitting tips! Patience is key, I reckon!