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KNITTING OR YOGA

Can you believe this? Knitting and Yoga seem to be the best collaborators.

10 November 2013 Sunday 00:42
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

Can you believe this? Knitting and Yoga seem to be the best collaborators. Though many knitters turn to yoga to soothe strained backs and stiff wrists, the discipline has a more interesting relationship with knitting than simply as a remedy for over-worked crafters.

I have just found out that knitting feels very meditative, like all the yoga stuff I do. Because you're doing a similar pattern over and over, it becomes very calming. It has that effect that yoga and meditation have, that you stop thinking about all the things you have to do, and you're brought right into the moment.

To really get the gist of why yoga and knitting aren't such strange bedfellows, you need to understand a bit about what's going on behind the scenes. In the same way as yoga uses physical movements to affect a change in your state of mind, so too does knitting.

It's the rhythmic, repetitive movements that are important. Like a metronome, the rhythm of working the same stitch over and over again calms the heart rate and breathing, creating a feeling of stability and inner quiet. Much like executing a series of yogi asanas (poses) over and over again. And while you muse over how to execute a stitch – or a pose – those problems that threatened overwhelm you as you left the office can take a backseat.

Many of you know by now that I am a yoga fan and try to practice it everyday.

Okay, I'll confess, recently without being aware of the relation between yoga and knitting, I have developed (and still working in baby steps) a hobby of knitting. I'm among the hundreds of thousands of women (and a few good men) who love to knit, and I already have more yarn than one woman has a right to own.

I can’t help myself.

A new thing came up and I’m crazy about yarn and any kind of fiber that can be knitted. I have projects lined up so far I’d have to live three lifetimes to finish them.

People knit for many different reasons beyond just producing garments and knit items for themselves, family, friends and charity

I have my own reasons to knit just as I love practicing yoga.

There are several reasons why I knit.

        -  It makes me happy.

•    I love the feeling of making a stitch pattern work out in a particular project.


•    It feels right.


•    Not having some sort of project in my hands feels so very very wrong.


•    Casting on has its own distinct buzz of excitement.


•    Binding off has a different buzz of excitement because you have something tangible and fabulous in your hands.

•     I can look at all the little "v's" and know that I made each one.

•    There's nothing more comfortable than a perfectly fitting pair of hand knit hat.

•    I never tire of watching cables evolve.

•    It’s relaxing.

•    Similarly, with color work I can create my own little masterpiece.


•     It's wonderfully tactile, practical, and the sky's the limit as to what you can create.


•    I get to play around with colors.


Anyway coming back to yoga and knitting,  to really get the gist of why yoga and knitting aren't such strange bedfellows, you need to understand a bit about what's going on behind the scenes. In the same way as yoga uses physical movements to affect a change in your state of mind, so too does knitting.

It's the rhythmic, repetitive movements that are important. Like a metronome, the rhythm of working the same stitch over and over again calms the heart rate and breathing, creating a feeling of stability and inner quiet. Much like executing a series of yogi asanas (poses) over and over again. And while you muse over how to execute a stitch – or a pose – those problems that threatened overwhelm you as you left the office can take a backseat.

So what about you? Does purling help you unwind more than posing ever will? Or does the thought of swapping your yoga mat for a set of needles leave you feeling more anxious than assured?

Until next week keep cool and healthy!


Tags: KNITTING OR YOGA, KNITTING, OR, YOGA
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