Winter’s combination of shorter days and colder weather can have a depressing effect on moods unless we take action to make life brighter and warmer. Knitting is a perfect way to get through the winter with good cheer.
Knitting adds color
Gray skies and gray snow could get you down. Alternatively, you could get some colorful wool and knit striped socks in a riot of springtime colors. You could knit a bouquet of flowers on an intarsia sweater. You could even gather all your odds and ends to create patchwork afghan squares or to use for my scrappy scarf pattern.
Knitting adds warmth
Warm bodies and hearts by knitting some projects for charity. Whether you make lap robes for a convalescent center or hats for a homeless shelter, your efforts will show love to somebody who may need comfort. Spend those dark winter evenings indoors making a batch of warmth for those in need. Make sure your own family has a good supply of warm hats, mittens, and scarves, too.
Knitting also helps you keep your hands warm. Wooden needles stay warmer than aluminum needles, so use them for your winter knitting projects. Large projects such as sweaters and afghans will even keep your lap warm. Try to plan for making large projects in the winter rather than waiting till summer vacation’s sweltering days.
Knitting adds life
While animals are hibernating and plants are dormant, your knitting is creating something that is growing and changing. Why wait until spring to bring new things “to life?” The calming, almost meditative rhythm of knitting is a perfect accompaniment while you daydream about planting your spring garden or filling your swimming pool. Knitting may make the winter pass by so fast that you wish for an extra week or two for finishing a project!