There’s a rhythm in knitting.

When you knit a pattern — especially a new one — you engage more than your mind.  Working the individual stitches involves concentration, coordination, and cooperation.

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Concentrating on the pattern seems obvious.  Reading the pattern, and translating it into the stitches on your needles can take some work.  Even the best knitters with the best instructions sometimes need to rework a section.  Rip it out, and knit it again.  Knitters often call this “frogging.”  From saying “rip it” repeatedly and quickly. 😉

When I was first learning, I found when concentrating on a knitting pattern, I’d block out other distractions.

Coordination involves your muscles, mind, and your eyes if sighted.  Touch is involved whether you’re a sighted knitter, or not.

And cooperation among the various parts of your body is essential.

When it all comes together, it can be very much like a symphony. A symphony for the soul, as an old sampler reminds us:

“In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul.” ~ Author Unknown.

This music works in good times and bad: whether they’re personal, or more global.

When a knitter gets into the rhythm of knitting, she can make music.  Perhaps only she can hear it. Still, it’s there.  If you listen closely you can hear:  as she experiences the quiet joy in creating … the comfort in the simple repetition of a pattern … the stress relief while concentrating on a new stitch.

In bad times, I’ve found knitting a quiet respite.  Best of all, there’s a finished product to show for it.  A tangible reminder of the process, one that can also trigger memories — often fond ones. I’ve found many of my knitted projects — even those knitted in bad times — trigger fond memories. And help soften the pain of remembering, easing the journey forward beyond the pain … heartache … or grief.

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