While to the outside the world, the Princess seems a calm, magnaminous ruler, inside she is a roiling stressbox. How often have I, as Her regent, had to deal with unpredictable rages and infantile tears! As stress leaks from one person to another like a zombie virus, so I, too, am now stressed.
How does a Royal Regent deal? We knit. Last time I blogged, I wrote about Cheat Knitting. Now that I’ve actually finished a number of projects I had to do–though not all of them by any means–I still find myself knitting like mad. When Her Royal Lady isn’t screaming at me, I knit. Knit and purl. K2tog. Ssk. M1. And all the rest. For stress knitting, I mostly turn to stockinette. Sweet, simple stockinette soothes moi’s shattered nerves. There have been quite a few studies out there that prove that knitting–or any other repetitive activity–physically lowers stress. It’s even used as therapy for mental illness.
So there is indeed a method to my madness, or should I say, a pattern.
Check out my current knitterly form of lithium: Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel, created in Little Red Bicycle’s stunningly awesome Cthulthu Hipster sock yarn. I love the little flashes of brightness, like phantom lights peeking out of a eerie green fog…
Stress much? Unload your burden in the comments, and tell us how knitting has saved your sanity–or ruined it.