One Stitch at a Time

KendrickBI 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. . . .

KenddrickDPatience. 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?

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Lisa Bogart (64 Posts)

Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at


  1. I quilt. For the first twenty years of my quilting life, I hand quilted everything. It’s a slow process, even if you are quick, but it affords an opportunity to pray for the recipient of the quilt. Machine quilting has me finishing more projects, but having to focus a little too hard on not running my fingers through the machine to pray quite as much 🙂 There is order in making a quilt, and that’s a source of great peace for me in a world dominated by disorder.

    • I admire quilters so much. It seems you have more patience than I do as a knitter. But we both receive the same luxury of time when we make things by hand and have the opportunity to pray. It really is a gift. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope you have time for some piecing today!

  2. I love knitting simple projects..basically I only know how to make scarves! Learning to make fingerless gloves is totally on my bucket list. Until then, I will be sewing up aprons and other little things that give me delight and pleasure. I think there is something rewarding about the work of our hands. Plus it is a lot cheaper than therapy :~D

    • Simple is good it bring about the peace effect. I know cause I can only do hand sewing but using a machine is beyond me. I like the quiet of doing low tech creating it leaves room for peace. Fingerless gloves are a great next step in your knitting challenge! There are so many patterns to try!

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