- it’s repetitive, but still engaging ; while knitting is not all that complicated, especially with simpler patterns, it does take a little bit of an edge off of whatever you’re thinking about…which is really, really good if you’re trying not to mope
- there’s a reward ; finishing a knitting project (even a scarf) feels really good, and then you get to wear it around and have people ask you about it and feel like a crafty fox
- it’s creative ; making things can be incredibly cathartic, especially if you go rogue and design your own patterns
- the motion of knitting is relaxing ; it really truly is, I don’t know how to describe it to you other than just being very calm and stabilizing. I have pulled myself out of crying fits by knitting, it’s like magic. (Actually, it’s brain science — here’s a link to refinery29 about a study saying that knitting releases dopamine, and here’s a link to the study)
Please, dear reader, I implore you: rid yourself of the notion that knitting is for grandmas. You can have all the winter scarves and hats that your little heart desires, and hoarding yarn is really fun. Give yourself a chance to love knitting.