Let me begin by saying, I truly enjoy knitting. If you read my Twitter timeline you’ve probably noticed that I tweet about knitting often. So, I’d like to share a few thoughts about my knitting hobby.
I’ll start with the reason(s) I started knitting. I took up knitting as a hobby three years ago after my mother died. I needed something productive to do during the throes of grief and for some reason I decided to knit. Not sure how I picked knitting to occupy my mind, but I did. It is a relaxing, peaceful hobby and knitters are very kind people. Also, my mother did knitting, crocheting and needle point. So there’s probably an element of this that brings me thoughts of my mother.
My mother and I shared one main hobby – Harp playing. As in the musical instrument. We began by taking lessons together and after we became somewhat proficient we began playing in public (along with our instructor) at churches and special events. Unfortunately, I’ve had no desire to play my harp since my mother died, so I needed something productive to do to replace my Harp playing – enter learning to knit.
I began by taking classes because that’s the quickest way for me to learn. I started with a beginner’s knitting class at a local yarn shop to learn the basics of knitting. Another reason for attending classes was to learn to read knitting patterns. Knitters, just like harpists, are generally very nice people and are a pleasure to be around.
In the first knitting class we learned the basics of knitting and we made what was called a ‘sampler scarf.’ Sampler indicated each section had a different pattern. This was a great first project because it gave me the opportunity to work a number of different stitches within one pattern; plus it was challenging.
Since that first knitting class I’ve probably take at least 10 different knitting classes to learn to make scarves, shawls, hats, totes and sweaters. I’ve given away 75 percent of the projects I’ve knitted. However, I am learning to not give away my knitted projects to people who don’t have an appreciation for the labor involved in knitting these items. Plus, good yarn is very expensive!
A dear friend of mine pointed out that my hobbies are always activities that are good for the spirit. I had never thought about it that way, but she’s right. Harp playing has been proven to bring calm to both the player and the listeners. When a harpist plays the harp it actually rests against your shoulder and when you strum the strings the vibrations reverberate through your body. They have created vibration tables that are used for Harp therapy. A harp is attached to the table and the vibrations from the harp playing are felt by the person laying on the table. It’s an interesting concept. Harp playing has also been used in hospitals during surgeries and in patient’s rooms. It’s the actual harp music vibrations that can make the difference; it’s not simply listening to harp music, however that is very relaxing as well. Choice of music makes a difference as well. A Harp Therapist will always ask if there are any songs that the recipient does not want to hear. The wrong song can have the opposite effect and cause a person discomfort instead of healing and relaxation. (If you’re interested here’s a link for some information on Harp Therapy: http://www.bedsideharp.com
Anyway, back to the topic of knitting. Ultimately I would like to teach knitting classes and to also write knitting patterns. My goal is to write my first pattern during 2014 and to actually get it published. I’ll let you know when I’ve sold my first pattern.
If you’re wondering if I’ll ever play my harp again, the answer is yes. Lately I’m beginning to think about playing my harp instead of just periodically tuning it.
Hope you enjoyed my notes about knitting and harping. Stop back again soon.