Why do you knit?
It is only 4 years ago that knitting came into my life. I vividly remember the day that my friend Mary gave me some black worsted weight yarn, number 7 needles and away I went.
Knitting couldn't have come to me at a better time...because right about that time 4 years ago, I was about to go crazy out of my mind. And knitting, literally saved me.
Feeling lonely on the road
It was in March 2006 when we found ourselves in Pittsburgh, Pennsylviania. By that time we had traveled to so many different US cities because of my husband's job and although it was an exciting experience, at some point I grew pretty lonely.
I missed my family and friends in the Netherlands terribly and there were nights I would lay awake fighting back the tears.
Because we were on the road, it was nearly impossible for me to build up a new circle of acquaintances and friends and it became very clear to me that one needs that in their live. I longed for a friend to call me to have a cup of coffee somewhere and I longed to just hang out with a group of friends and chatter and laugh.
With a husband working from early in the morning to very late at night for 6 days a week, I grew more and more lonely in each new city we visited. I just didn't know what to do with myself and slowly slipped into a depression.
Little did I suspect that wooly yarns and clicking needles would come to my rescue.
How knitting gave me solace
From the first time I touched the yarn and needles and learned how to cast on, knit and purl I was able to put aside my feelings of loneliness.
The soft feeling of yarn gliding through my fingers and the friendly clicking of my bamboo needles gave me solace and helped me focus to not slide further into a deeper depression.
With every stitch I made I was pulled up just a bit higher until I felt better again and was able to enjoy the long days in hotel rooms by myself. My mind was occupied with knit stitches and purl stitches and I was just simply hold spellbound by this gentle activity.
We became very good friends, knitting and me. It was there whenever I was need in some company, it cheered me up whenever I felt a bit down, and it brought a smile upon my face whenever I would finish a project.
We all have our own story with knitting
Over the years many knitters that crossed my path told me their story with knitting. Some stories are happy and light hearted and some stories really left me with tears in my eyes and a knot in my stomach.
No matter what the story behind your knitting is, I think they are all very interesting and worthy of sharing.
So now comes my question to you: Why do you knit? How did it come into your life? And what does it mean to you now?
If you are willing to tell your story here on Getting Purly With It, write me using the contact form and tell me your story!
I would love to hear from you...
Thank you for reading and until the next entry!
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