I was knitting on my bad girl shawl yesterday, and wondering what the heck possessed me to start it and why wasn't I finishing finishing my other projects, when it hit me, it's chicken noodle soup. Garter stitch is like chicken noodle soup.
When you're sick you want something homey, familiar, warm and comforting. Soup. When I feel bad, or worried, or overwhelmed, I want the same thing. Being a knitter I of course turn to my yarn and needles for therapy, and I turn to garter stitch.
All those endless yards of soft, smooth, yarn gliding through my fingers. Knit, knit, knit. The sound of the needles as the tips rub together. Knit, knit, knit. The play of colors in all the ridges and bumps. Knit, knit, knit. The feel of the fabric growing with each stitch and every row. Knit, knit, knit.
Each stitch bringing peace to my spirit and calm to my mind. It's simple joy in the midst of chaos. It reminds me that I can tackle anything if I take it one simple step at a time. It's comfort, reassurance, and encouragement I can hold and feel and see.
Instead of worrying myself into another ulcer over things I can not change, I will knit garter stitch, and I won't feel guilty about it any more.
Way better then a trip to the doctors, a bottle of Advil, or any self help book I've ever read. Plus none of those ever included a free shawl. My serenity shawl is based on a variation of the Wool Peddler's Shawl by Mustaavillaa. She calls it Garter Ruffle and that's a darn good description. I'm knitting it in Valparaiso from Artfibers (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino). It's soft and warm, and I love it.