It's taken over. The flat now resembles a knitting shop, with baskets of yarn and pots of needles and half-finished projects everywhere. And one sock. Yes, I finished Banoo's sock. And then haven't begun the second. SO MUCH TO KNIT!
Everyone I know seems to be pregnant, so there's all sorts of tiny things to make. Christmas is coming, so there's other things to make (shut up, homemade prezzies are awesome), I need to finish a sock. I want to do a knitted version of a Hudson's Bay blanket. I need a winter hat. Those mittens are cute. Oh my god, look how nice this yarn is, buy buy buy etc. I need to get a handle on this. The good news is that my knitting is rapidly improving I've never turned a heel before, and despite the lumpy appearance, I think my first sock turned out...wearable. I'm going to tackle cable knit soon, but I have a hunch it's much easier than it appears.
I realise many of you are probably bored to tears already, reading this. However, knitting is so soothing! I just tick-tick-tick the needles away and I get into this little calm thinky zone and before long, hours have passed. Let me explain- Helsinki in November is gross. It's grey, windy, and rainy most of the time- pretty fug to go out in. Staying at home and knitting is a good alternative to battling wind that feels like tiny needles in your face. Also, extra bonus, since I've picked up knitting again, I'm doing much better with the "boredom grazing". I'm talking about those little snacks and cups of coffee that add up over the course of the day as you fritter about, working on things. The knitting means my hands are tied up, so the urge to stuff my face is much reduced. The Knitting Diet! I should write a book.
Mostly though, it's nice to get away from a screen. I've just finished working on an identity for a new sandwich shop here in Helsinki (by the runner-up of Masterchef Finland, braggity brag), and am working on a new package design for a felt company as well as a few other computery bits. I calculated, including iPhone use, that I'm looking at a screen more than half of my waking hours. Which is ridiculous and scary. Knitting is the perfect way to unwind, not stare at pixels, and make something satisfying at the same time. It also helps you sleep- no joke! I used to spend ten minutes or so (often longer, let's be honest, it's too easy to get sucked in) before bed reading the news, checking Instagram, catching up on a few blogs etc, but now I have picked up the wool again, I simply knit for a little while before bed and find I am sleeping much better! I think not barraging my eyes and brain with electronic imagery (and electromagnetic rays) is helping my mind settle easier.
My Mum taught me how to knit (her Nan taught her), so it's also a little connection to the talented ladies in my bloodline, which I can't help but hope I have a little bit of inside me.
Oh and before I forget, HUGE shout out to the dedicated reader who went through nearly ALL my blog posts the other day. That's serious dedication. Or stalking. Either way- impressive.