I have to confess, right here, and right now. I have all but abandoned my yoga practice and instead I have been…Knitting!
I know, it’s random, but I’ll explain:
A few months ago I listened to a TED talk about Slow TV on Netflix and I had to check it out. It turns out there’s one show, National Knitting Night, where a team of knitters and a shearer shear a sheep, spin the wool yarn, and knit a sweater, all while trying to beat the world record in doing so. (Spoiler alert: it’s 8+ hours long…) These women are Norwegian, so it’s subtitled tv watching, but this makes it even more interesting! My husband and I were glued to the TV for 4 nights in a row as we watched these women spin, knit, and slowly, but surely, knit up a sweater. The conversations that they had while knitting kept us glued to the screen, as we were watching conversational mannerisms in a completely different culture. Does this sound super mundane and boring to you? I beg to differ! As a matter of a fact, I don’t even think my husband would admit that he was just as glued to the TV as I was, but we were both determined to watch it until the end.
After watching those ladies speed knit in record making time, I was motivated to knit something. I had always gravitated towards crocheting in the past, and had never actually knit a finished project. Actually, I have a habitual tendency to start crafts and never finish them, but now I was determined! If these ladies can turn sheep’s wool into a sweater so easily, I surely can figure out how to finish a knitting project.
I focused all of my energy towards knitting a shawl, something I’ve been wanting to make for a while. I found a really simple and easy pattern with video tutorials, bought my yarn, needles, and I got to work.
You know what I found out? Knitting is very meditative. You have to focus a bit, but it’s repetitive enough that you can get into a meditative state just by…knitting! Sometimes I would listen to calming music, sometimes I would knit in silence, and sometimes listen to audiobooks or podcasts. This became my zen practice.
It took me three weeks or so, but I finished it! And if you know me, you know that’s an accomplishment. Given that I didn’t want my knitting adventures to come to an end, I decided, why should I stop there?
So I started knitting socks…And I’m pretty excited to keep on knitting!