How knitting can help you live a happier, more authentic life
Rhythms that soothe part 3:
How knitting can help you live a happier, more authentic life.
We’ve finally come to the end of our ‘Rhythms that soothe’ blog series and it’s been a revelation to us! When we started writing this series, we knew we’d have lots of inspiration from other online articles and studies. But we never imagined how much inspiration we’d get from you guys! Your stories and experiences have truly been woven into every part of this series. So, to kick off the last blog in this series, we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has shared their stories with us – we feel truly privileged to have you in our lives.
In this post, we’re going to be looking at how knitting can help us slow down and reconnect with our true selves, so we can live a happier, more authentic life.
That might sound like a big ask from some wool and a pair of needles, but hear us out! We’ve got some very good reasons for thinking this. We’ve covered some of these topics before, but we think this message is just too darn important to be said just once!
Knitting allows you to slow down and get the high quality ‘me-time’ your mind and body need to recharge.
We are all constantly busy. Every person you meet today will have their own set of responsibilities, inner worries and issues that put strain on their minds and bodies. Our modern lifestyles mean that we are virtually never uncontactable, so as well as having our own problems to deal with, we’re also frequently dealing with other peoples. Sometimes it can get to the point where you’re getting into bed and that’ll be the first time you’ve managed to switch off that day. And that’s probably only because you’re so tired you physically can’t keep your eyes open! For some of us, even the bed isn’t a safe haven, with stress and worry constantly keeping us from falling asleep and having a reprieve from the daily grind. As a result, ‘clean living’ and ‘mindfulness’ have become big money-making industries as more and more people look outward to try and find a solution to their inner problems.
Obviously, there are many contributing factors to this enormous, modern problem, some of which include being overworked, poor diets, lack of physical activity and a lack of real connection between nature and other humans.
We understand that some (if not all) of these factors are quite frankly unavoidable if you are living a normal, modern life. BUT, here’s where we think that knitting can help.
Firstly, knitting is something that comes from you. It’s a craft and a habit that has been picked up by you because you like it. Therefore, unlike other solutions that require you to change your lifestyle, knitting is already a part of it. At some stage, knitting might have been seen as a chore, but we don’t think there’s anyone reading this blog right now that’s thinking ‘Gosh, I wish I wasn’t being forced to knit this hat tonight!’ If you like something, it becomes much easier to incorporate it into your day to day routine. And once you become aware of the health benefits, it’ll be even more enjoyable.
Secondly, it’s really simple. When you first start, you may struggle a bit to get into a rhythm, but once you do, you’re off without a second thought and finishing projects left, right and centre. Simple things are not stressful things and you’ll soon find yourself relaxed and able to allow yourself to ‘just be’. Plus, there’s no mistake that can’t be fixed, so don’t be afraid to experiment and congratulate yourself when you’ve achieved something new!
Thirdly, the movement of your hands and the repetition forces you to push all your worries to the outer edges of your mind. When we’re knitting, we imagine there’s a lovely old lady that tells all the little worries and fears we have to go play outside for a bit. One by one, they slowly filter out, until the last one skips out the door absentmindedly. It creates a little quiet space in your mind so you can just focus on you. We’ve written more on this subject in a previous blog called ‘Replace your FOMO with JOMO.’ Check it out here.
Lastly, you are creating something that no-one else could create in the same way. You can’t get more authentic than that! We’ve talked about the problems that a constant need for perfection can cause before, but we’d like you to realise how amazing your handmade knitted objects actually are. Whether you’re creating it for someone else or for yourself, you are making something that will carry your story within it forever. So whatever your story is, be proud of it and show it off! We promise others will love you for it.
Phew! We think that’s covered most of it for now! We’ve had an awesome time writing this series for you and we hope you’ve had fun reading the posts. If you’ve missed any, you can find them all here. Plus, if you’ve got any comments or stories you want to share with us, get in touch or let us know in a comment. We love hearing from you.
Happy, authentic knitting!
The Woven x