Comfort and familiarity in what we do

Comfort in familiarity
Comfort and familiarity

There is real comfort in familiarity don’t you think? Perhaps it’s using my favourite mug for my morning cuppa, or having 10 minutes to read before I switch off the light at night. Following my recent blog about Care, another word I thought of which sums up my feeling about Gorgeous Yarns was comfort.

Knitting and crochet in their widest sense are a real comfort to me. They are familiar like an old friend, which I guess they are as I have been knitting since child hood. I am reminded of the George Eliot poem quote “Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person”.

Every part of knitting is a comfort to me; the tactile warmth of the yarn, its beautiful colour and the rhythm of the needles all adds up to an almost meditative process for me. There has been a lot of research about the positive benefits of knitting and crochet on our mental and physical health, and not just during the stress of lockdown.

When I feel stressed or upset, when I feel anxious or worried, the best thing for me to do is sit and knit. It doesn’t have to be complicated, there is joy in knitting a simple garter stitch scarf when the colours of the yarn sing to you. Its the familiarity of what my hands need to do and it relaxes me. Even when I was ill I could knit simply, and it soothed my frayed nerves.

Have a look at our blog, posted last year for a different aspect of wellness through creating.

I find that not only is the process comforting, I enjoy thinking of the finished item as I work on it, and who will be wearing or using it. It gives me comfort to know that my work will be appreciated and enjoyed for a long time, perhaps years. The comfort of a soft hand knitted jumper goes beyond words for me. I still have a jumper my Gran knitted for me before she died. I love it and treasure it; the comfort and familiarity of her, and feeling her close in the fabric of those stitches is very powerful.

What are your comforts, things that sooth you with their familiarity?

Another word for me is Create, I’ll be in touch again soon with thoughts about that.

Best wishes, Caroline

Your Comments

  1. Knitting and Crochet are both great comforts to me. Having knitted and crochet since childhood I find the rhythm of the stitches incredibly mindful. I have used them both to get me through incredibly difficult times and I have no doubt that I will continue to do so. There is rarely a day goes by that I don’t pick up my needles or hook for a few comforting stitches.

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