Today is the official end of Knit Unto Others. The main reason for this short charity knitting project was to remind us to be thankful for all the good things in our lives and to give what we can to others in need. The efforts of knitters who gave a few days to knit items will be appreciated by many who will now be warmer throughout the winter months. Thank you to all who joined us and knit a few items.
You can certainly continue to knit and give and the KUO blog will stay up all year with info on places to send knit goods. Carole and I thank you for your participation and for caring. We hope to make this an annual event of giving thanks and knitting for others during the Thanksgiving season.
I did get seven hats completed during KUO. Knitting with the same needle size, same size yarn and in the round over and over caused pain in my arm and shoulder, however. It is clear to me that a variety of projects, vigilance in stretching, along with frequent rests, are important to healthy knitting (and life over all).
It was last year at this time when my back seized up. Bending, walking and just sitting were enormously painful. Looking back it is evident that stress played a role in exacerbating a problem area.
Twinges of the same pain have cropped up in the past week and if not careful the problem could resurface. The plan is for due diligence; trips to the gym, stretching and, most important, destressing through this hectic season. We all must find ways to slow down, keep the demands on life to a minimum, and learn to say no (or enough). Take time to relax and rejuvenate, so that you have something to give without creating a deficit, and don't stretch yourself to the max.
We often say knitting as a way to relax and find solace. Remember to keep it that way...keep your knitting time fun and stress free. Is the last minute gift worth the stress? Maybe a trip to a local boutique could produce a nice gift with less stress. Use knitting time as a way of reconnecting with yourself and to find quiet, contemplative time during this season of mania.
Be good to you!