There has been a lot of discussion recently about the beneficial effects of knitting, such as in the Huffington Post and New York Times, and I know many knitters who have found it’s repetitive nature calming.
Which made me think of what I want to knit when I need to be soothed.
I am constantly surrounded by patterns and fibre, so I have a lot of choice when it comes to my own projects, but if I am honest, working to tight deadlines, garments not turning out how I imagined them and swatches that don’t work, can lead to a complex relationship with the craft!
My daughter Nell at five years old, on seeing a lady knitting said “oh look that lady is working” and I had to explain that for many people it was a source of relaxation! I stopped taking my knitting on holiday with me after she found yarn in my suitcase and she accused me of taking work away with me. Luckily as a designer for C+B she has now learnt to love the craft as much as I do.
So if knitting is so much of my work life, what do I knit to relax?
The answer is the baby beanie. I always have one tucked away in my bag, worked on a small circular needle. It has to be a small circular needle, the magic loop drives me mad and I only use it when I have to when I am decreasing for the top.
It is a great way to try out a new yarns too. When I wanted to see how the colours worked in my new Cotton DK Prints, I made a batch of beanies rather than swatches.
After all, they are never going to go to waste, there are always babies around to give them to.
Here is the simple pattern for the beanie in my bag.