Theraputic Knitting

WAY off topic in one way...but it is about knitting...

I'm pretty much immersed in my knitting -- just plain knitting -- don't care what it is...

Our family reunion has been cancelled this year, because within a week, two family members died.

My cousin's husband, merely 25 years old of heart failure
...and my uncle...who inspired me to enlist in the military as he's a Marine Corps Vet, of a massive stroke

So, I'm just putting everything into stitch by stitch by stitch...

...and just keeping in contact with the folks that mean the best to y'all...

Knitting -- so much better than therapy...and much less expensive...even WITH the cost of wool these days.

Good thoughts, prayers, candles lit, etc. would be appreciated for my whole family and my poor nerves.



MasonM's picture

Wow, sorry to read about your losses.

I agree, it can be very good therapy.


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Parrot's picture

I'm sorry to hear about your family losses. Knitting is a good way to spend time to yourself and contemplate your times with your family members and friends. I'm sure you will find the time very worthwhile, and better appreciate the process rather than the project itself.


PaxKnitter's picture

Sorry to read about your loss.

And, yes, I'll add my vote to the therapeutic benefits of knitting.


I agree with you. It is a nice therapy in a way. And time will replace the feeling of loss with the memory of happiness....and knitted items to remind you.

People are with you at this time....

albert's picture

Knit up an article in memory of each of your loved ones and then donate them to the shelter in Portland or some other charity, thus "casting your bread upon the waters" for the sake of those you lost. Look within the pain until you find a still place.

I have prayed for your family and yourself, and will send up a few more prayers as time permits...

I have a much loved and very battered sweater that I started to knit the night my dad died. I could not sleep so I knitted through the night and at his funeral 10 days later I wore my 'comfort' sweater. You will find peace.

ronhuber's picture

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

TomH's picture

This summer, I knitted a shawl throughout my mother's month of sickness, hospitalization and death. I finished it the night before I flew home to her funeral. It was a tough month but I had the comfort of holding the shawl (that was to be hers) on my lap while I continually thought of her and during my short daily phone conversations with her. Knitting it was a race against time with the hopes that I'd be able to give the shawl to her. But it wasn't meant to be. That shawl will always have a particular power for me.

So I am with you in thoughts. Keep going ... stitch by stitch ... sometimes that's all we can do.

eyedoc's picture

I am so sorry for your losses! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I, too, find knitting to be very therapeutic. However, I find that if it is just simple knit and purl stitching, my mind wanders to everything else that's going on. I find much more therapy in more complicated patterns, where I actually have to pay attention to the pattern or chart. In this situation, my mind is on my knitting and nothing else.

Whatever it takes, though, keep going! It will get better. And, remember, we are here for ya!

scenter's picture

Sorry to hear about your losses. Knitting does help. I lost my brother of 43 years this past September (during Dragon*Con) due to a fatal reaction to a diabetes medicine he had been perscribed two days before, and knitting has helped keep my mind off things.

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