I have just joined scarletstring
(a great new community about the meta and philosophies of knitting1
) and made my introduction post
. Here is it for my records:
I am Natalie of natalieford.com and Sussex, England. I have made a bunch of posts on my LJ about knitting and many are about the therapeutic benefits (mental and physical) of knitting. I have Multiple Sclerosis and an a medically retired computer programmer, amateur photographer (e.g. my puffin userpic), knitter (and other crafts occasionally and in the past) and World of Warcraft player.
I first learned to knit more than thirty years ago (yes, I am not a spring chicken any more and this is no longer Kansas). I have also spent time with crochet, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, drawing, painting, writing and so many more creative pursuits.
This post is one where I discuss what knitting does for me as far as therapy goes. I am pretty much addicted to knitting and, almost like a smoker (I have never smoked myself), I feel at a loss without something - some knitting - in my hands.
This is a community for the discussion of knitting. Not merely pattern exchange, though you may exchange patterns, or yarn porn, though you may porn your yarn. We aim to talk about the effect knitting, crocheting, and the fabric arts have on our lives, the zen of it, the myth and magic of it, how it connects us to each other, to the past, to the future. Some of us are beginners, some of us are masters, but all of us will post about our progress through this craft, our thoughts on it, and our experiences of our own development as we evolve as crafters and humans.