Nov 4, 2012 04:42PM dogsandjogs wrote:
I have been a knitter since age 6 when my grandmother taught me. Knitting and other types of needlework have added so much quality to my life and continue to do so.
The first thing I made was a scarf for my doll. Then I knitted a blanket out of scraps of angora yarn for the same doll. My mother encouraged my knitting and gave me all her yarn scraps.
Through the years I knitted various items of clothing for myself, my kids and my husband. I also hooked rugs, embroidered, did weaving, sewing, crocheting and needlepoint.
When I was diagnosed with cancer the first time in 1982, I started knitting even more. Took my knitting to doctor appointments and even hooked a rug while in the hospital for my mastectomy. The nurses were very interested so I bought them a kit with several hooks so they could work on a rug when they had a spare moment. That was my going-home gift to them.
One time, when in the hospital for a D & C, I knitted while waiting for surgery. I noticed my arm aching and when I looked at it I saw huge lump. The IV had dislodged and the stuff was going under my skin instead of into the vein. The RN was shocked---
From then on, I always asked them to wait until the last possible moment to put the IV in so that I could knit or crochet while waiting. It was quite funny - everyone else in the pre-op room was just lying there looking scared, or reading or talking to family members, and here was I with my knitting needles. It kept me calm; that's the main reason I took my projects along. There is something about using your hands in a rhythmic manner that is so relaxing.
Now, when I'm stressed about something I get out the project I'm working on or start a new one. I have several drawers filled with yarn, books, needles, hooks, embroidery hoop, various sizes of hairpins (for making lace) and a plastic form for making flowers.
When I broke my wrist 4 years ago I was so depressed because I couldn't do any needlework for a while. I did all the exercises faithfully and was finally cleared for crocheting (but not knitting) a few weeks after the cast came off. I think it really helped me to get full function back to my wrist.
So yes, knitting and other types of needlework have definitely been life savers for me and always will be.