Knitting for Every Mood

Knitting is soothing, stressful, meditative, complicated, easy, and challenging. Knitting is good for spacing out and good for focusing intensely. It depends on your mood, and it depends on the project you choose. In my opinion, it only makes sense to have numerous projects in progress at any given time in order to pick the one that both inspires you and suits the occasion.

The Wurm Hat would be a good one for Stitch N Spin.

When I’m at Stitch ’N’ Spin, there’s a certain kind of project that I want to work on. It’s easy enough that I can perform the motions almost automatically. I want to knit, but what I really want is to participate in the conversation taking place around me. You know what I mean. “Knitting circle project” is a phrase I hear often.

Left: The Wurm Hat


The Chevron Baby Blanket would be a nice TV-watching project.

When I’m watching TV, I also want an easy knit. Large projects are fine, though, since I’m at home. I can keep the blanket I’m working on beside the couch, so transportation isn’t a problem. It depends somewhat on the show, though. If it’s a documentary, then I can probably spend a bit more time looking down at my work; if it’s an action-packed, mind-bending fantasy adventure, then the simpler, the better.

Right: The Chevron Baby Blanket


The Pebble Beach Shawl is just about right for an airplane knit.

When I’m traveling on an airplane, a somewhat intricate pattern is all right, especially if it’s a long flight, but easy transportation is crucial. It must fit into the smallest possible space in my purse. It shouldn’t have much colorwork, because it’s hard to untangle the strands of yarn in an airplane seat. On the other hand, it can’t be too small because it must last for the duration of my trip.

Left: The Pebble Beach Shawl


The Norrland Mittens perfectly appeal to my love of combined knitting techniques.

When I’m alone at home in my comfy chair on a quiet evening, and feeling sharp, I want something big and epic and challenging. I want a shawl with lace and color work and cables and beads and all the techniques that engage my mind.

Right: The Norrland Mittens

Today, I’ll be sitting in a hospital waiting room for some time. I want to fill the empty moments with knitting like I always do, but I’m not sure what kind of project I want. Should I pick a project that demands my attention for maximum distraction quality, or should I pick a basic project to acknowledge that I won’t be able to focus? I suppose I’ll have to stuff more than one project into my bag this time.

Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

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