I am sure you’ve probably heard the adage: The journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step. As I was knitting the other day I thought, The journey of a finished sweater begins with the first stitch.
A finished sweater takes 10,000+ stitches. And the average knitter will need 40 to 60 hours to complete a sweater. Knowing those numbers do you even want to start a sweater? It’s a big commitment.
Casting on is thrilling. Watching the stitches grow on the needles is great fun. But slogging through the back of the garment can get tedious. Running into complicated shaping can set you back. Making a mistake or misreading the directions can cause frustration. Why take that first stitch? Oh yeah, it’s relaxing.
Those numbers are enough to keep many knitters making scarves and hats forever. They are safe projects. It’s just too daunting to launch into an entire sweater. But there is something special to gain from knitting a garment. . . .
Patience. It will take you time, but you will see progress as you go.
Endurance. Sticking with it when there are parts of the pattern you find tedious.
Accomplishment. You will have completed something challenging.
Companionship. When you share time knitting with friends.
Enjoyment. You will have the joy of making and then wearing a new garment.
It’s a little trite and maybe contrived, but it’s true there is PEACE in setting aside time to knit. Practice this craft long enough, and you will find many other delights, as well: giggles, creativity, charity, friendship . . . not a day goes by without yarn in my hand. I need what this hobby offers me most of all PEACE. And I find peace comes one stitch at a time.
Do you have a craft that offers you peace?