I used to go to a sitting meditation class on Saturday mornings. Week after week I would practice stillness, breathing, calm. After about 15 minutes, the calm was interrupted with that weird buzzing that you get when your feet fall asleep. I learned a lot of techniques for propping my ankles and using a blanket to wrap around my feet. Slowly, the number of minutes extended. As much as I enjoyed the idea of meditation, I came to realize that there were other yoga classes that I preferred.
When I returned to knitting, I tried to knit socks and then sweaters. I have set aside the idea of knitting socks. I still want to finish a sweater. But hat knitting is my happy place. I always have a hat on the needles. A few years ago I tried to knit 52 hats in a year and came pretty close with 48. Last month I started the year by knitting a pink hat for my sister to wear in the March in D.C. and I mailed a nice, fat envelope with 7 hats to Knitting4peace. Last night I cast on this sweet little dots hat from Tin Can Knits for our tiny person – who is not quite so tiny anymore. As I worked on that hat, I could feel the stress melt away. Yup, this is the kind of meditation calm I need right now.