Ask knitters why they knit and you'll get a variety of answers. But the one you'll hear from nearly every knitter, regardless of the other reasons they may give, is "It's relaxing."
The repetitive movements of needles and yarn truly knit up the raveled sleeve of care. Have you ever noticed a knitter's face while working away on the needles? Did you see the expression of relaxed alertness? The rhythmic movements of knitting, together with the mental focus needed for building fabric stitch by stitch, make for a kind of meditation. It's real. Ask anyone who knits.
And if you carry your knitting wherever you go, you always bring along a little well-being with you. In an increasingly global and anonymous world, a knitting project at hand reminds you of the comforts and familiarity of things small, local, and individual.
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