I’m super excited that we have our March Manos Madness event this weekend with piles and piles of beautiful new yarn from one of my favorite hand-dye companies. The name, or course, is a play on the NCAA basketball event. I’m not sure if they call it March Madness because there are so many games or because there are so many upsets. One of the worst was the number 16 seed beating UVA, the number 1 seed, and my alma mater. It’s frustrating, these upsets. They don’t make any sense, we don’t like them, and we don’t have any control over them. Like this crazy weather. What the heck is it doing snowing at the end of March anyway?
Maybe that’s something that’s so appealing about knitting. It is predictable. You know what it’s supposed to do, and you can make it like that. You have total control over the outcome. The absolute power is almost intoxicating. Okay, maybe not really, but there is comfort and security in that level of control over a thing. A recent study showed that knitting helps with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. We knitters have known that for years, haven’t we? Certainly there is comfort in the rhythmic movements of needles and yarn, but I think there is something more. When one aspect of our life is burdened with unpleasant realities that we can’t control, we tend to reach out for other things that we can control. It gives us a focus, a way to deal, and a way to exert a modicum of power over the unhappy or the unexpected. So, when you face that situation that isn’t as you would have it, know that your knitting is there ready to soothe, comfort, and offer you total control over its outcome.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend at March Manos Madness, or anytime aound the table that you'd like a little knitting company. You are always welcome here.