K is for Knitting: mindfulness in nature
A state of mindfulness can be achieved in many different ways – here we look at how knitting can help you be more present
How is knitting good for your wellbeing?
People have been knitting for centuries, and those who knit say they find it easier to stay in the moment, relax and unwind. To achieve a state of calm, stick to an easy pattern.
So why not try knitting outdoors in an attempt to feel more present?
The repetitive movement of the knit and purl stitches will induce a meditative state, allowing you to lose yourself in the task.
The concentration required for a more complex project can unlock a sense of flow, as you and your needles become one. You’ll know if your attention is wavering if dropped stitches make an appearance. Our beautiful countryside produces some of the best yarn in the world, too; try bluefaced Leicester, Shetland or Gotland wool. For how-to guides and patterns, see theyarnloop.com.
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Rosee Woodland is a designer and freelance journalist. She lives in Bristol with her family and their Boston terrier, Ponyo. See specialises in knitting design and grading, and regularly teaches classes for A Yarn Story in Bath. She’s worked with leading brands in the craft industry including Rowan, Patons, Aurifil, Rico Design and Lewis & Irene. Her work has been featured in many magazines including The Knitter, Knit Now, Simply Knitting, Mollie Makes, Simply Sewing and Simply Crochet. When she’s not busy making she shares her wild swimming adventures at www.iswimlikeagirl.com.