A friend at my pilates class remarked that she felt so much calmer when she made time for meditation and I said I felt the same when I knitted, 'after all' I said 'knitting is the same as meditating'.
Nancy has written such a good post about knitting and mental health. I'm not going to repeat what she has so eloquently said except to say how much I agree with her.
I have been knitting non-stop for the past three days, at least it seems that way, I have managed to produce meals, bake bread and wash clothes so I must have put the needles down at some point. Nevertheless I have been knitting a lot and therefore feel at the peak of mental fitness.
I am knitting this. It's very easy to knit and the changing patterns provide plenty of interest, if you can knit and purl then you can knit this. It's worked from a chart which is easier to follow than I feared. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted and the colour is Pearl Ten, or mud as I am calling it. Mud is good though, I am so over bright happy colours, I crave quiet, muted, grown up colour.
But what to do when the knitting is finished? Well there's always cake, and cake is good for one's mental health too, if not for one's physical health.
What about you? What do you do to keep sane?
By the way, thank you to the anonymous commenter who suggested I Freecycle my surplus quinces. I did just that and they have gone to some grateful pigs......quince-fed pork, yum.