Positively No Negativity Challenge
Day 49 of 84
When I was around ten years old, my mother taught me how to knit, kick starting the creative streak that has been a major part of my life ever since. From knitting I went on to wreath making, dried flower arranging, sewing, quilting and finally, growing lavender. My front yard has 70 mature lavender plants from which I harvest flowers every summer, and from them I make other crafts. I just love creating things and then standing back to contemplate the finished product.
Over the years I have dabbled in many different mediums, but I always come back to knitting. At times when life has been difficult, out come the needles and yarn and I lose myself in creating something beautiful for someone. When I am knitting, my thoughts become contemplative, and I think about the person I am knitting for. Sometimes I pray for them, that they will feel loved when they use this scarf or comfort shawl that has been made just for them.
And that comforts me as well.
It’s a known fact that knitting helps a person deal with the issues of loneliness, self-esteem, stress and a negative, unoccupied mind that ruminates on problems. When my hands are occupied in the rhythm of knitting I am peaceful and positive. It helps to change my negative thoughts and attitudes into positive ones, and it encourages me to move forward.
For the past couple of years I have been knitting Prayer Shawls, which have been given as Christmas gifts, birthday gifts but also as a gesture of comfort for someone going through a tough time. I have sold many of them at craft shows to people who want to offer them as gifts to someone else. There is a little explanation tacked to each shawl:
The Prayer Shawl
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls or Peace Shawls…
“Shawls are symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…”
A hand knit shawl shows you care, and would make a wonderful gift for someone who is convalescing from cancer treatments, surgery, depression or just for someone who is at home a lot and lonely.
It’s very hard to be negative when you are making something that will delight the person receiving it, and when you are praying and thinking about them during the process.
I am grateful for:
1. The lovely ladies I met yesterday at a knitting group
2. My car that starts every time I need to use it
3. The ability to speak French
4. Texting, which keeps me in touch with family on a regular basis
5. That my sister made it home to Montreal last night