by Wenlan Chia
October 2nd, 2008
Last week, I traveled to Austin and Dallas on a book and yarn tour. As soon as I returned to New York, I went to another knitting event Stitchâ€™N Pitch held at a Mets game. I have been asked during this Marathon knitting week the same questions over and over that I have been asked often before: â€œDo you still knit?â€
The truth is that I indeed do not knit even half as much as I did compared to the first 1 or 2 years when I started the business. However, after I finished the weekâ€™s knitting journey, I started knitting again. As a matter of fact, I have found no better way to put my mind at peace than with knitting.
The current political and financial turmoil is harder to endure than any stress filled days I encountered in my professional and personal life. Iâ€™m anxious, unsettled, and neurotic these days. Some of my friends exercise to release the tension. I find the little free time I have is hard to fill without feeling empty and lost. I used to be able to enjoy a good movie, cook, and read. But at this unusual time, I found tranquility only in knitting.
Knitting for me used to be a way of creating. I like to design sweaters, especially hand knits in an unconventional structure. I found it hard to follow other peopleâ€™s patterns as I always make my own pattern according to my design. I was only interested in making new designs and new patterns. I have not experienced the therapeutic part of what knitting can do until Wall Street went down and the Presidential debate took place.
I have been making the Aspen hat from my first book- Twinkleâ€™s Big City Knits. I think it is the perfect Christmas gift and plan on making one hat a day. Except for a few days where I might be too excited, laugh too much over Tina Fey, or have too much to drink that I might skip my therapy, I should be able to finish 35 some hats by Nov 4th.Â Thatâ€™s quite some special gifts for 35 of my dearest friends and family.
My husband takes on jogging these days, yet he still gets agitated as soon as CNN starts. I suggest he take on knitting instead. You might see him in my first knitting workshops.
Aspen Hat in Baby Pink