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greyhound
New Pal

36 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  06:34:34 AM  Show Profile Send greyhound a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After working 8.5 hours in front of a computer and a 45 minute commute - knitting definitely helps me calm down. I actually look forward to plunking myself on the couch and watching a movie and knitting.

Jennifer
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lseeger7@gmail.com


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Posted - 02/16/2006 :  09:07:50 AM  Show Profile Send lseeger7@gmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After a stressful job interview a couple of weeks ago, I dropped by the LYS for some fiber therapy. I sat down on the couch and started knitting. In about an hour I had relaxed to the point that it was obvious I was struggling to stay awake. The LYSO was laughing as she watched me walk around and knit in an effort to revive enough to drive home.

Lori
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Pampered Punkin
New Pal

47 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  09:47:14 AM  Show Profile Send Pampered Punkin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, it does. I always take a project with me when I go to school, doctor's office, store, wherever. It's nice to have something with me that I can focus on when I'm starting to feel stressed. Kinda like meditation but with material results.


**Trisha**

I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see.

http://knitsterchick.blogspot.com/
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KnittingOnCall
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10 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  2:51:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittingOnCall's Homepage Send KnittingOnCall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't feel like my day is complete without knitting a few rows. It's become very much a vital part of my day. It definitely helps me relax and wind down after work. If I don't knit, I feel all antsy and irritated. I never thought I'd get to this point, but..."Hi. My name is Jocele and I'm a knitaholic".
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JannyW
New Pal

USA
28 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  5:03:21 PM  Show Profile Send JannyW a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitting is definitely cheaper than a therapist!



Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.
~~ John Lennon
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Jenni Reiz
New Pal

Canada
8 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  6:06:29 PM  Show Profile Send Jenni Reiz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I must find it calming - when I want to know how it would be possible to knit in my sleep! I put my knitting down and start upstairs to bed, gnashing my teeth that I can't do sleep-knitting - has anyone mastered that? I'm thinking that I would be out of the bad dreams, if only....

Back to Olympics Knitting - but not to get all stressed about it

Jenni In Edmonton - working on socks, again....
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ross_anne@hotmail.com
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1 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  8:19:22 PM  Show Profile Send ross_anne@hotmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I began to knit because of stress. From this beginning...I began to learn to spin as well. I can imagine the next project I want to do and the feel of the yarn or fiber in my hands. I love to knit with my handspun yarns. Without these calming activities and creative outlets I would not have made it through a very stressful time in my life.
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knittingkeri
Chatty Knitter

197 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2006 :  9:48:03 PM  Show Profile Send knittingkeri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank goodness for knitting!!! I cant afford to pay for a University, so I'm dependent upon really good grades for scholarships, and trying to keep a 4.0 is very stressful when you have 15+ hours of classes a week & am trying to run a business.

I know this is late, but for those talking about body diposal - I have 80 acres and people that tick me off...

Month 2 of the no - new - yarn diet!!!! Plus month 2 of the no more soda diet, guess which one is going better?
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busygirl
Permanent Resident

New Zealand
1673 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2006 :  5:36:28 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I have been knitting for years,as I learnt as a child ,and when I was in my teens I knitted several sweaters, pullovers and scarves for myself - in those days my life wasn't very stressful,so I didn't consider knitting to be therapeutic - as far as I was concerned,it was just an enjoyable hobby !

Life has at times been very stressful since then,so these days knitting is both my hobby and my therapy.I have a tendency to become depressed from time to time ; knitting definitely calms my anxiety and makes me feel more positive.

Leslie
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spiderhawk_z@yahoo.com
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1 Posts

Posted - 02/18/2006 :  07:18:31 AM  Show Profile Send spiderhawk_z@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like the Zen koan about carrying water and chopping wood, knitting is that marvelous action that stops my mind from spinning out of control. I'm not a perfectionist knitter. I don't care if I've missed a stitch in Fair Isle or messed up a portion of the pattern. I rarely spend time ripping out work. All that matters is the journey from cast on to cast off. As long as the garment fits or does its function, it doesn't matter; the stitches in between keep me from worrying over things that I can't control. That's all that matters.
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wabbitmom
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USA
13 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2006 :  09:42:44 AM  Show Profile Send wabbitmom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I couldn't agree with you more, Spiderhawk. I probably should be more of a perfectionist when it comes to my knitting, but that would just defeat the point and give me something else to stress or obsess over! I love completing a project, and the little imperfections only mark those "learning moments." You see them, acknowledge and smile at them and then incorporate the lesson learned in the next project.
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Marg in Mirror
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Canada
3205 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2006 :  5:29:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
a 45 minute commute aaaa


Do you knit on commute? I used to (I no longer commute)...Hence, I am known as....



TLWKOTB*
http://knitsonthebus.blogspot.com

*The Lady Who Knits On The Bus
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bsharp2
New Pal

USA
23 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2006 :  6:51:27 PM  Show Profile Send bsharp2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitting definitely keeps me from throttling people who really deserve it!! I have knitted through meetings and classes. I knitted through interminable doctors' visits (and those horrendous waits), presurgical waits, chemotherapy (never let anyone start an IV in your hand!!), radiation therapy, and all the usual waits we have in our lives!! Knitting allows my hands to be busy and my mind to wander and daydream. I seem to do a lot of subconscious problem solving when I knit, too. Maybe it's the rhythm...who knows? But, I plan to just keep on knitting!!!
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krisleon
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United Kingdom
23 Posts

Posted - 03/02/2006 :  09:24:51 AM  Show Profile Send krisleon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get stressed easily and knitting helps me,i live near noisy neighbours and when i am knitting it calms me and i forget about them.We will be moving house in June,but i will still need my knitting to stop me getting stressed out.
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Dakota122503
Warming Up

98 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2006 :  08:34:33 AM  Show Profile Send Dakota122503 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find that when I knit, it gives my brain time to process. When I run around all the time I think the stress comes from never stopping long enough to mentally deal with my life, but knitting helps me relax and let my brain process.

Wife to Brandon 7/8/00 Mommy to Mathias 11/12/05
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lford
Chatty Knitter

USA
143 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2006 :  07:14:04 AM  Show Profile Send lford a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As a recently semi-retired person who works at home, I have become very frustrated with the attitude that I have a significant amount of time on my hands. I am studying for the CPA exam in addition to maintaining 2 homes, 4 dogs, 5 cats, and my own sanity. I don't know what bugs me more, the constant interruptions by people who assume I was just waiting for their input, or walking into a previously clean room and seeing it is no longer clean. Is there something in children's/husband's DNA that prohibits them from putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher?

Knitting is the only activity I have found that once done, never has to be done again. Unlike the dishes, laundry, dusting, etc, a completed project is finished. It is yours to admire, gift, whatever. The act of planning, constructing, and completing a project gives me a sense of accomplishment like nothing else.

Then there's the feeling of love and pride involved with gifting a handmade item to someone you care about. It doesn't matter whether the recipient realizes the love that goes in to each stitch or not, whether they ever wear it or not (although I like to think they do). What matters is the feeling I get from planning and completing a project for someone I care about.




Linda
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Diane
Gabber Extraordinaire

366 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2006 :  1:12:25 PM  Show Profile Send Diane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As a woman who works on a freelance basis from home while raising kids, I completely agree with your post! Well said!
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Beverly the Bronx Girl
Permanent Resident

USA
1026 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2006 :  10:29:17 AM  Show Profile Send Beverly the Bronx Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[meow]
Knitting keeps me focused. Don't have time to think about food, daily stresses or the problems of the world. I take my knitting on the train when going to my mom's 70 miles from here. Blessings,Beverly
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baabbette
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USA
2 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2006 :  10:44:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit baabbette's Homepage Send baabbette a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitting is my favorite stress buster. I have learned how not to let the tension I feel from the day show up in my projects. Gotta keep that knitting tension even even if I'm not! Sometimes my projects are too involved to take with me so then I have reason to start yet another project. I have to have a smaller project as a take along.
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ozknitter
Permanent Resident

Australia
3291 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2006 :  04:20:51 AM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,

I am on HRT but still get the urge to strangle people from time to time, like shop assistants that talk to each other about what they are going to do on the weekend/done on the weekend etc., while your patiently waiting to be served.

Or going to a doctor with a stomach ache to be told "its probably gall stones as you are fair, fat and fifty". I am not fat, I'm not thin either, but I'm definitely not fat.

I better go to a sock class quick sticks before I do somebody a mischief.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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