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Why I Knit and Spin


Read this article if you think knitting is for old ladies.

As a person who has survived a traumatic brain injury, I know that it was knitting and spinning that healed me. For some reason, during the months following my death by surgery and my subsequent resurrection, I picked up my needles and spindles after a long hiatus. Something deep within called me to move my hands and trail yarn around the house. I did not know it at the time, but this was good medicine for what ails me.

Using the hands, which according to writer Madeleine L’Engle contain “grey matter”, the stuff of brains, causes new neural pathways to form. Since I had destroyed some, my body, mind, hands, spirit, knew that I had to recreate them.

But not only did I find my brain healing, my spirit, torn by the loss of my job, loneliness because all my friends worked, and many other losses that accompany serious illness, found solace. Anyone who knits or spins consciously is probably well aware that both can be a form of meditation. I knit because I love to watch the patterns emerge, chaos giving way to great beauty, and because it is soothing. I spin because the mechanics of wool to yarn is nothing but miraculous.

And now knitting is being used to explain the universe. Wow! The things yarn can do.

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Comments on: "Why I Knit and Spin" (3)

  1. Thank you for sharing this — inspiring, and so true — knitting has a way of soothing, calming, and healing!

  2. My grandmother tried to teach me to crochet which I liked but just never gave it the time it needed for me to make it a lifetime habit. Knitting has lost me too. Its one of lifes little regrets for me.
    Wish I could sew better too.

    Come to think of it, I just suck at the domestic skills of life.

  3. Okay, Connie….get some pointy sticks and some string (better yet, let’s take a field trip! I know a great yarn store!) and I’ll teach you how to knit. Every religious person needs to know how to knit……

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