I have recently read research indicating that creative arts such as painting, drawing, sewing, knitting, crocheting etc are considered meditative and create a desired state of calm in the practicing individual.
I began knitting a few years ago because it was suggested by my orthopedic surgeon to help my physical recovery from my tenosynovectomy and I did also find it soothing.
I have been suffering lately with “mixed moods” and I find knitting (and sewing) to be essential in keeping me from imploding.
I found a few knitting patterns for Christmas themed decorations that I am working my way through. I enjoy small projects and the sense of accomplishment from finishing each one.
As a parent of 4 children ranging from 5 years to 4 months, I rarely finish doing anything as I am always distracted mid something because someone needs me. Washing has been known to sit on the clothes horse for weeks due to neglect.
These are the ones I have finished so far. The link to each pattern is embedded in the image. The Christmas Candy pattern is a paid pattern but the others are free.
You can probably tell my Santa Hat isn’t quite like the pattern dictates and that is because I didn’t read it properly and accidentally omitted a knit row in-between each decrease row. So I ended up with a pointy hat instead of a floppy one;-)