The picture is of me knitting while receiving an infusion treatment medication for the rheumatoid arthritis. Over the past two years I have found that I absolutely LOVE knitting.
During the Winter Olympics I participated in Ravelympics, a knitting event on the Ravelry website. Between February 12 and February 28 I finished a hat that I had cast on earlier in the year. I completed a hat from start to finish. I made some decisions about other projects. It was a good experience to have the deadline of being finished by the Closing ceremonies and to know that there were thousands of other people doing the same thing.
For me, knitting is a multifaceted activity. Call it a hobby, a pastime, whatever. Knitting keeps me engaged intellectually, it was a great victory for me to be able to learn to knit. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was little so knitting seemed extra complicated. It's actually not extra complicated, each project is a combination of knits and purls. Each pattern is a challenge, a challenge from start to finish, from picking yarn and needle size to figuring out the nuances of the pattern to weaving in the ends.
I also truly appreciate the community aspect of knitting. I've made friends on Ravelry, at local yarn shops, friends that I may not have made if it weren't for knitting being a common bond. Friends that have been supportive in other areas of my life, not just knitting. I've participated in secret swaps and have felt such joy when receiving a package from someone who doesn't know me but that person put so much care and attention in picking items to send to me, even making something for me.
I'm very glad that I took the chance that one day in April 2008 to go to a store that was offering a knitting group and to ask the facilitator to teach me to cast on, knit and purl. It was a great gift that I received and a gift that I hope that I will continue to use for many, many years to come.