Bending Reality With My Yarn

People knit for a lot of reasons. For creative expression. To make something useful or beautiful. And sometimes, to exert control over their life and environment.

I bend reality with my yarn.

I make time flow more swiftly.

I change wasted time into productive time.

While I hold my needles, I transform a hospital room into a sanctuary, not a beeping hell dimension.

I’ve never been so grateful to have an intricate lace project on the needles as I was two weeks ago.

I  understand now why so many lapsed knitters find themselves taking it up again when they are in the hospital . Sure, it helps beat the boredom, but it’s more than that. Knitting transforms a knitter’s experience of “place.” It changes your sense of locus of control from external to internal. One minute, you feel out-of-place, unmoored,  and anxious. Then you pick up your needles and, in just a few minutes, the rhythm and familiarity have calmed and soothed you. You have control again. Just a small bubble of control, but it’s yours.

Knitting doesn’t really change reality, it changes me.



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