the why

I’ve been writing twice as long as I’ve been knitting, but somehow I didn’t realize the connection between the two until recently. I read this on a blog the other day and it stuck with me:

"But when life goes off the rails, there’s nothing like the simple act of knitting and purling to help maintain the illusion of control…" Caitlin Newman of Caitlin Makes

Since 2009, knitting has been the way I escape. Somehow the “simple act” is all that I need to bring me out of my stress and anxiety. I graduated from college in 2010, went to work for my alma mater as an admissions counselor immediately after, and then I began an MFA program in North Carolina; I’ve been doinggoing, pressing forward for quite a while. I would not have been able to do any of this if not for knitting.

Now that I’ve graduated, I need this illusion of control even more. I don’t have deadlines to keep me on track or assignments due every week. I work a full time job and take care of myself and two cats.

So why do I knit? Because I enjoy it. Because I want to get better at it. Because I am a more creative person when I keep up with it. Because I think it’s beautiful. Maybe you do, too.