Craft Report: Self Soothing through Knitting

I came across the term self soothing in some of the baby literature I’ve been reading which speaks of how babies eventually learn to calm themselves down by sucking on their thumbs.  At a time when my world is being torn between motherhood, career and housekeeping, I have had to scramble for ways to self soothe.  Last Friday, I turned to knitting.

It was just Angel and me because the 15 year old had locked himself in his room after a fiery exchange of words.. So I thought I’d take out my size 13 (!) needles and a ball of yarn I had ripped apart from a previous attempt to crochet a cap.  I stitched a total of 35 to have practically a foot of material across.  I intend to do a shawl/scarf. 

The huge needle allows me to knit big stitches which give the material a lot of breathing room.  Although I’m using 4 ply yarn, the ultra huge stitches are producing a lightweight and loose material that can be a warm enough shawl or a cozy scarf if bunched up and tied around one’s neck.  I haven’t touched it much this weekend but I figure I can do a few rows at a time.. self soothing.

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