Deja Vu!

In this lifetime, I learned to knit with my gran when I was a little girl. I knitted a blanket for my beloved teddy Boulgoum. Then life happened, and I didn’t touch knitting needles until 20 years later, when my son was about 1 and half year old (late 2009).

Back then I was still recovering from an insanely demanding, busy and stressful job which I had lost shortly after the birth of my son and I was wrestling with post natal depression. Then I had the urge to knit. Literally. I bought some acrylic yarn, size 4mm straight needles and I improvised him a scarf here and then…

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What moves you?

Good morning, I wanted to share here a great post from Funky Air Bear, which is about the problem a lot of knitters face…
I have been suffering from back injuries from the last few years, and knitting really helped me a lot, giving me something to focus on, keeping my brain satisfied with learning new skills, and giving me a sense of achievement whenever i finished a pair of socks 🙂 I would have ended up getting very depressed without it!
But it also gets in the way of other things sometimes. I know that if I allow myself to start the day knitting, I won’t be able to put it down, and I’ll make excuses for not stretching, or doing whatever else I need to do in terms of self-care, child care, work, etc…
When I’m knitting I get in the zone and I can just sit there for hours on end and be in total bliss, while procrastinating everything else.
Also, sitting for too long isn’t good for my back. At all. It’s the worst thing to do.
So I make myself stretch first with a yoga practice, which varies in length. I knit and make sure I take breaks to do a few quick yoga stretches and get back into it again. It makes a big difference 🙂
Once I have started knitting, I still can’t stop though… So When I have procrastinated things for too long, over indulging in knitting and must catch up on stuff then I just avoid knitting altogether for a few days (gasp!) and being able to knit again is my reward, for I know that if I get in the knitting zone I’ll lose any notion of time… 🙂

Funky Air Bear

Does knitting for extended periods of time compromise our physical fitness?

Credit https://iamachild.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/david-adolf-constant-artz-1837-1890-dutch/
I love knitting and I am sure you can say the same about yourself. I love crocheting too. I love yarn crafts of all kinds. I also love doing them for extended periods of time. Knitting has given me a lot more than wearable garments. It has given me hope in darker times, it’s kept me sane through rough patches in my life, it’s given me a sense of accomplishment when I most needed it. The benefits of knitting for my mind and soul are countless. However, as much as I am convinced that knitting is good for my emotional state and it, without doubt, keeps me sane, I cannot help but wonder how good it is for my physical health. I always think of the 100-year-old woman who said that knitting keeps her arms toned and…

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The Modern Bodhisattva

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“Hands of Compassion” by Mayumi Oda.

In these challenging times we get to see a lot of people – especially women – rising and standing up for their voices to be heard. After decades of feminism, western women have become strong and powerful. “The fight isn’t over” I hear some of you say. Sure. But it’s been a long way.

Sadly I have met a lot of western mamas who told me how much they wish they had more time to do yoga. More time to do art… but what about being yoga?

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