Lately, when I wake up, I grab a cup of coffee and I sit down with my knitting.
I don't check my email.
I don't look at the news.
I don't even refer to my plan for the day.
Or my to-do list.
I just sit and knit.
(I do feed the dogs first, though. Because that's how we roll here.)
I find that knitting in the morning is a perfect way to center myself and prepare for the day ahead.
Except when I'm knitting a complicated pattern (lace or tricky cables, for example, or anything involving a lot of counting), I find knitting to be a form of meditation. The stitches on the needle are much like . . . rosary beads or mala beads . . . one after the other after the other. Matched with my breathing. Letting my mind quiet. Calling for a peaceful heart.
(With the added bonus of watching a sweater emerge right under my fingertips.)
I am participating in Project Peace again this year, although I've decided not to cast on for the actual project this time. Instead, I'm continuing with my current sweater project. I am following along with the daily peace prompts -- but knitting my own project instead. Someday I may knit the actual pattern for this year's Project Peace (I did purchase it) -- but not right now.
What AM I knitting?
This sweater. I'm much further along now than I was when I took this photo outside. But it shows the actual color of my yarn - and the texture - much better. Now that I've divided out the sleeves, the knitting is going much quicker.
Maybe I'll have a new sweater before spring . . .
Whatever the timing, I'm enjoying my morning knitting-as-meditation!
See what other knitters are up to today over at Kat's!