Knitting To Stay Sane

I’m having a rough week, so I’ve been doing a lot of knitting to stay sane. Knitting is my “go to” project when I’m struggling, and it hasn’t failed me yet. Focusing on the details gives me something to think about that doesn’t hurt or make me sad, and many times, finishing a project gives me a sense of accomplishment that bolsters my mood and gets me going in the right direction again.

It’s still raining a lot here (every day in July, so far), so the kids can’t get outside to play as much as they would like. We’ve been lazy this week — cuddled up on the couch watching movies and TV shows on Netflix. The rain will pass soon enough and they’ll be back to running a hundred miles per hour, but for now I’m really enjoying this quiet downtime with my girls.

I finished a pair of socks that have been languishing on the needles for months now. I’d work on them a little, then set them aside to work on something else. David was thrilled to come home from work to a brand new pair of socks; this man loves his hand-knit socks!

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I’m particularly proud of how the stripes line up on this pair of socks — that was no easy feat! The socks fit him perfectly and he wore them to work today, so I’d say he’s pleased!

I used my own basic toe-up sock pattern for this pair of socks. For David, this means a magic cast-on of 28 stitches, increase to 76, knit for 9.5 inches, short row the heel down to 14 stitches and back up to 76 total, {knit 2, purl 2} for 8-9 inches for the cuff and cast off… then repeat for sock #2.

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I’ve already cast on for the next pair, one of three pairs for my mother. She’s got almost as many pairs of my hand-knit socks as David does, and she’s been requesting more for a while now. I’m more than happy to acquiesce to knitting for people who appreciate it as much as these two do!

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Kasey Attianese

    I love having a project to take my mind off of things. For me its running, but I think knitting could be fun to pick up too. I love the socks!

    • Thanks Kasey! I fantasize about being a runner, but my knees are in such sorry shape that I think the best I’ll ever be is a “walker”. You should learn to knit — it’s such fantastic stress relief!

  • So jealous of how good you are at knitting. Seriously those are some awesome socks. I have been thinking of you and seriously, if you need anything message me 🙂

    • I wish you were closer, so I could teach you how to knit, Janine! Wouldn’t that be fun… sipping coffee and knitting and talking? Thank you for always being there for me. It means a lot to me! 🙂

      • That would be so much fun and we really would have a blast!! Honestly would love it Heather 🙂

  • TaMara

    I want to learn to knit!! We definitely need to meet up so you can teach me. 🙂

    • Yes, let me know when you’re up this way next! I would love to teach you! 🙂

  • angie

    They look great. I’ve been wanting to learn to knit for ages.

    • It’s so easy and so much fun to knit for kids! My girls are really into knit socks now too, but when they were little, I had them in cloth diaper covers and knit pants and booties and bonnets. It’s a lot of fun and a great creative outlet. 🙂

  • Considerer

    You…KNIT…those? They’re incredible! They look like ones you buy in the shop! Wowee.

    And *hugs* for your tough week, my friend x

    • Yep, I did! You want a pair? It might be a while but… seriously. 🙂

      Thank you for the hugs… sending them back your way too. xoxo

      • Considerer

        Wow! Really? That would be *awesome*. I can’t knit, but I could definitely sort out something hand-made in return 😀

        The zanier the better, and I’m willing to wait 😀

        • Great! I have to finish three pairs for my mom first (she’s been asking forever and is getting jealous of David’s socks — I’m working on pair #2) and then I’ll get with you about size and all that. I really love to knit for others. 😀

          • Considerer

            Your Mom DEFINITELY trumps me. Thank you so much – that’s really generous of you 🙂

  • Val Kal Thom

    Hi Heather,
    I also have a stillborn daughter, she would be 12 and going to High school. I never thought about knitting to take a little break when sadness takes over. Thanks for the idea! Kisses to your angel daughter.

    • I am so sorry for your loss, Val. Nothing helps entirely, as I’m sure you’re well aware, but anything that can distract me temporarily from the sadness is welcome. {{{hugs}}}

  • Lost in Space

    Those are amazing! Good for you for having a healthy and productive go to project when you are struggling. Sending hugs for a better days ahead.

    • Thank you for the compliment and the hugs! xoxo

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  • cathykennedy

    Hopping by from a WW link up. Knitting is something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do, but somewhere over the years I’ve lost my patience with sitting still to do needle work or even reading books. I have several cross-stitch projects tucked away that I need to finish. Every time I get them out to start them up, then something gets in the way. *sigh* Oh well, I think your hand-knit socks are very nice and it’s really nice that your family loves them. Great job!

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    • Thanks Cathy! I typically have trouble sitting for long periods of time too — which is why I’m just now finishing these socks that I started in January or so. Weeks like this one though, I put something good on Netflix and just knit away, enjoying my lazy time lounging with my girls. 🙂

  • Darlene Nemeth

    Hi Heather,
    I’m with Janine. I am so jealous. I can knit – just not as good as you. Those socks are amazing. It is a great feeling to knit for someone who appreciates the work that goes into it and the talent behind it.
    I’ve been struggling too this week – well it’s been a bit longer. Glad you found something that keeps you sane.
    Hugs, Darlene

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  • noelle @ jumpinbeans

    awesome… i want to learn to knit.. i tried… but it ended up looking like a scarf for a really short worm. so, i gave up 😉

    http://jumpin-beans.blogspot.com/2013/07/need-grill.html