Self-Care Challenge (Day 337): Learning to Knit

brown knitting needles

On day 337 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I learned to knit.

Several years ago, I taught myself how to crochet by watching a series of YouTube videos. Of course, I made a lot of mistakes, ripping back more stitches than I accumulated, but the process of learning is personally rewarding for me. One of my primary VIA (Values in Action) signature strengths is “the love of learning,” so it’s easy to see why I seek out new learning opportunities on the regular.

Yesterday, my mom and I visited one of her favorite yarn shops in Gainesville, FL, and as I was perusing the endless shelves of colorful yarns, a delicate little scarf that was hanging nearby caught my attention.

I instantly knew it was time to learn to knit.

As a crochet lover, I’m almost always in the minority. Whenever I visit with a group of yarn-lovers, there are rarely any crocheters represented. (We are the step-children of yarn work in many ways, but I love it nevertheless.)

It’s hard to explain what it is about yarn work that I love so much. Maybe it’s the repetition, keeping me focused on a single task and preventing my mind from wandering too far. Or maybe it’s the look and feel of the beautiful yarn textures that’s so appealing. All I know is the satisfaction that I feel when I see a finished product makes me happy. It’s a hobby that also serves a purpose and results in warm, fuzzy accessories that can be given as gifts.

What’s your learning process like?

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