So if you follow me on instagram (hint hint HINT) then you know that I am traveling this weekend. My outgoing flight was delayed by a couple of hours, and as I sat there in the terminal happily knitting away, I was struck by how much better my crummy travel luck was made by the opportunity to knit. This got me thinking about all the other, often crummy, things in life that are drastically improved for when you’re a knitter and you have a project. I admit in advance this is an overt plug for the craft….
1. TRAVELING (duh!!!)
traveling is SO much better when you knit. Rather than an arduous test of patience, for the average knitter, long plane rides offer up a rare chance to have uninterrupted knitting time, for HOURS. its really the best. Plus, if you want to chat with people its a great convo starter, and if you don’t, making loud comments like “golly I can’t wait to finish knitting this sweater for my turtle” or “Yes I DO love to knit with human hair” is a great way to make sure you’re left alone 🙂
(my knitting from this latest trip)
I knit whenever I travel, car trips, plane rides, train rides etc. I have yet to figure out how to knit and bike…but I am thinking a motorcycle and a sidecar might offer a fun challenge.
2. the DMV
almost every knitter I have ever known has said to me at least once “I had to go to the DMV today, thank GOD I am a knitter” I mean, the benefits here are pretty obvious
3. Obligatory social obligations….
okay, I have to begin with a caviate here….this one doesn’t always apply. For example, an important work dinner for your partner, might not be the best time to whip out your EZ cable knit sweater and all its accompanying charts. The key here is social situations where its okay to be knitting, and knitting that isn’t so mentally taxing that you can’t have a conversation with someone while you work. But when you have to go to that thing with those “friends” and you just can’t get out of it, knitting is really the safest option for everyone.
4. Work meetings (?)
okay, I have to admit that I have never tried this one. I’ve never worked in an environment that would be socially acceptable. But in my years working with/meeting lots of different knitters, people often mention that they take their knitting to big “All Staff” kinds of work meetings. This both fascinates and terrifies me, but hey, if you can get away for it, go for it!
5. The doctor’s/dentist’s/vet’s/pediatrician’s office…
bascially if there is a waiting room, don’t leave home without your knitting. I’ve found that especially when I am in stressful or anxiety inducing situations (when a parent had heart surgery for example) knitting is an amazing way to focus that tension into a physical outlet. It keeps you distracted and calms you down.
of course you know I think that knitting is awesome and should be done everywhere all the time. But honestly, especailly thinking about this post, I can’t imagine what my life would look like if I wasn’t a practitioner of this amazing and highly portable craft. It keeps me calm, focused and entertained at all the times when I need it. It has the magical ability to transform otherwise day ruining situations into opportunities to create. Basically, if you’re not already doing it (and a new survey says that if you’re a woman, 1 in 3 of you are!!) you should be!!!
Happy knitting (everywhere)