In today’s world, we spend more of our time online and plugged in than many of us may realise, whether it be working, playing, shopping or even communicating. In comparison, knitting demands a focus on the here and now. It’s a creative, calming form of mindfulness that is easily incorporated into daily life. Knitting’s repetitive yet focused rhythm offers a meditative break from the hustle and bustle. Knitting can easily be carried wherever you go and enjoyed on trains, buses or even lunch breaks.
Another reason that knitting has found a space in today’s world is that it offers a chance to produce items that are intimate and unique. Handmade crafts have had an enormous comeback as more people push back against mass production. Creating something yourself – no matter what skill level you might be at – comes with all the unique quirks and charm that only something hand-made has. But knitting offers an opportunity to take part in the slow movement but do so in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Merino wool is 100% renewable and natural. Gifts – whether they are hats, sweaters, scarves or decorative design – made from Merino are completely biodegradable. Plus, with more people than ever becoming sensitive to man-made fibres and the presence of other allergens, garments and gifts knitted using Merino wool are a welcome respite amongst a sea of synthetics.
But the ultimately, knitting’s joy comes from providing a sense of accomplishment. As a traditional craft, knitting offers a practical, creative outlet that can be easily picked up by anyone. Facebook groups, YouTube tutorials and websites (plus endless books) abound that can help you get started on a whole new world of woolly wonder.
Photography Courtesy of Spencer Vladimir | Illustration Barry Allen Batenaude