When the autumn leaves start to tumble to the ground, things that symbolize coziness start to take precedence.
Sure, there are those pumpkin spice items, but there are also activities that are conducive to chillier weather. Although a Netflix habit certainly fits the bill, maybe this is the year where you will learn a skill that will result in a handmade creation.
It’s knitting time.
Teacher Scottie Fech is the ideal person to introduce us to this timeless crafting tool, even if you were the kind of person who failed at finger painting. Scottie has a demeanor so calm, it immediately makes your shoulders relax when you speak with him.
He didn’t take up knitting until 7 years ago, but it has become one of his many professions, alongside teaching yoga and gardening. He finds parallels in all of the things that he does, living a life of creative passion. He laughs, “I enjoy life a little too much.”
If you’ve considered the art of the knitting needle, but have been intimidated, here’s Scottie’s yoga-approved advice (deep breath and all):
1. The great things in life are worth waiting for. In an immediate gratification culture, knitting can be really challenging. In fact, Scottie says that his first project made him think, “That was really hard…but I want to try it again.” Making socks required an hour a day for months (and now weeks). Patience, dear grasshopper. Scottie promises it gets easier.
2. That 10,000 hour rule is true here too. Scottie advises doing the same project more than once to get the hang of it (also, that first scarf probably won’t be a looker). You will get into the rhythm of it.
3. Watch your posture. Getting into the zone of a repetitive task like knitting can mean that if you start out in a slouched posture, you may develop aches and pains. “Don’t sit with one leg crossed,” advises Scottie. “You will send your pelvis off base.”
4. That being said, relax. Knitting is supposed to be fun. It’s a break from the rest of your hyperconnected world. Check if you are taking it too seriously. Scottie says he sees a lot of “furrowed brows and tight necks” in his beginner classes. He encourages stretching, water breaks and hand circles. He says that those moments of pausing will help you to find the beauty of what you just did. Scottie reminds us to appreciate what we are doing: “You are literally creating things!”
5. Sitting still is an art. Scottie says that like with most things, you have to be ready for knitting as a hobby. He believes that if he took up knitting in his twenties, he wouldn’t have been able to sit still. Now he even leads workshops on the crossover between yoga and meditation.
If you’re convinced, Scott’s classes can be found at the Knit Café, or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for a private knitting sesh. He loves teaching beginning knitting, and he also teaches crotchet classes, how to read patterns, Tunisian crotchet (a hybrid between knitting and crotchet) and Amigurumi, which is a way to crotchet animals, like “mutant ninja turtles.”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves to those heroes in a half shell. Scottie says that knitting, at its bare bones basics, is making knots.
We can all do that…right?