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Thankful

Written by Sarah on November 21st, 2013 Posted in holiday, life, long reads

knitting againI’m knitting again!

I’m a sentimental person but I hate the obligatory “What are you thankful for?” that happens this time of year. I’m not really spiritual so I don’t know who I’m thanking for some coincidences in my life. At the same time, I’m well aware that I can’t take credit for all of the happiness that’s come to me. I really like to refer to the way I feel as lucky. Somehow the stars have aligned and things are good. That being said, giving up knitting last week was really difficult for me. By Thursday, I was having dreams about binding off intricate and gorgeous color work sweaters. Reading blogs or looking through knitting books made my heart heavy. But at the same time, sacrificing a little bit made me think about a lot of things and, in the spirit of the season, I am pretty thankful.

First of all, I’m thankful that knitting is in my life. I’m not sure I’d have the little sanity left in my without it. After I picked up knitting ten years ago, I went back and forth, sometimes not making anything for long periods of time. Over the past three or four years, knitting has become a huge part of who I am. I know I kept returning to it because I’ve always loved making things, be it with pen and paper or words or lights and film, I’m a maker. This is the best way I can make things and I’m so grateful that I’ve found it.

I’m thankful for how amazing and supportive everyone is. That means you lovely readers and all of my knitting friends. I’ve been complaining up a storm on Twitter (sorry, I’m Jewish. If something hurts, you’re going to hear about it) and not only has everyone tolerated me but they’ve given great advice. It really feels amazing that people I haven’t met in real life are asking how I’m feeling. You’re all fab. Of course, my family is always making sure that I’m not pushing it and Jon has been really strict so I don’t re-injure myself. As much as it’s driven me crazy, I’m grateful for that too.

And, as always, I’m grateful for my health. I’ve got plenty of issues when it comes to health but I’m really glad things aren’t worse. I’m so thankful that I’m not still having to take a knitting break. And if my wrists were still bad, if I had to get surgery or something (oh lord, knock on wood times a million), I’m thankful that I have healthcare and all of those things above.

I’d really be lost without my needles. And, as always, when times get tough, I know my friends will be there to help me through! I love the knitting community and I if it weren’t for you, I’d just be a crazy lady complaining about socks.

What’re you thankful for? (I mean, I have to ask.)

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Comments (4)

  • November 21, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    I’m so happy that you’re able to knit again, and that even though you were out of commission for a bit, you found such love and support from everyone. Really, in my opinion, knowing what you love and then having support for that through friends and family is all you can ask for in life (not counting, you know, food and shelter and whatnot). And don’t apologize for complaining; it’s my firmly held belief that complaining out loud makes you feel better mentally.

    I always hated that question as well, and I especially resented the fact that I had to buy presents for everyone I knew during the holidays. Luckily I started making things a few years ago and now I love giving presents. I also met someone who gives everyone in her life a handmade card wherein she writes a long letter thanking them for being in her life for the past year. At first I thought it was silly, but I think it’s a great idea and a great way to stay focused on the positive influences in your life. I mean, I haven’t gotten around to writing thank-you cards to everyone yet, but I’m making presents for people so I think that’s a great first step from an ex-Grinch!

    • November 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

      That card idea is so lovely! I would probably cry if I received one of those!

      I agree that complaining makes me feel better. I know it’s annoying to everyone else but it at least helps get it off my mind!

  • November 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

    Hi! We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Netherlands, but I think it’s a good thing to sometimes just stop for a moment and think about all the things we are grateful for. Usually we only think about what we could do better, or what would make our lives more pleasant (like winning the lottery or buying the newest Ipad), but I think it’s much more important to think about what we already have. Good health, a good bond with family and friends, the ability to make something with just a ball of yarn and some needles.. 😉 Grateful people are happy people!

  • November 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm |

    I have to say, I’m most thankful for all the really good friends I have (some of whom I’ve met through blogging!) Of course, this makes me want to smother them in wool.

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