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Old 02-03-2008, 11:19 PM   #41
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The Zen of Knitting?
OK after reading all the posts on this thread I have to wonder if Knitting releases something like Serotonin? I wonder because I feel the same way as many of you do in regards to relaxation.
I have both Migraines and mild OCD,(obsessive compulsive disorder). Because of this I find that repetitive actions are soothing, they are said to aid in the stimulaton of the types of chemicals that lower aggressive and anxious emotions.
Because of the OCD I cannot sit and watch TV, just can't do it. I have to have something to do, it used to be Jigsaw puzzles but I got bored with that as I can to a 1000 peice in a little more than an evening.

When I started Knitting it was not with yarn. I used to knit with wire, I made ChainMaille, yes as in armour.

See, I am a Mechanic by trade and preference so I understood wire, yarn was a mystery to me. (As are most of the female arts, I am a horrible tomboy still in my 30's) But you cannot sell/give away as many peices of armour as you might think.
So I switched to yarn and have been happily dragging around a knitting bag ever since.
This has shocked many people as I never owned a purse in my life and this looks mighty similar.

Knitting has given me a shared common interest with my grandma and my mom, and gives my son and I something to do together while watching TV. He is 13 and just learning.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:47 PM   #42
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knitting has made me more patient! No more tapping of the foot...I just knit! I started 3 years ago this month. Next weekend I am taking a lace knitting class and can't wait! I could probably teach myself how to do it, but it is so much fun to meet with the "girls" of all ages and learn and talk. I've made friends that I wouldn't have otherwise. We support each other in bad times and laugh in good.
Meeting knitters is funny too, you meet them everywhere. I was on the treadmill at the Y today and the girl next to me asked where I work, so we talked about that for a minutes and I said I was going home to watch a movie and knit and she said that SHE knits and what do I have on my needles?!
The other day I was trying to remember what it was I did with my time when I didn't knit! Oh work,LOL

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Old 02-04-2008, 12:20 AM   #43
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i'm more satisfied to be still....i snack less so it works as a diet too.
i'm addicted....
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