I've been knitting for many years and find it the best way to relax after a hectic day at work. There are many beautiful yarns available and great patterns. And when you finish a project, you have a lovely garment to wear or give away as a gift. My favorite local yarn shop is Uncommon Threads on State Street in downtown Los Altos.
I totally agree with what you are saying. My mother and grandmother used to knit a lot, and I have seen them relax with a pair of knitting needles. I guess it is probably because you are doing something that is rhythmic in nature. And yes, wearing a hand-made sweater feels great!
The most relaxed actors I'd see on a set were the ones that knit. Down time happens a lot on sets, especially for actors, so knitting is a wonderful option to preoccupy someone. Instead of bitting your nails or acting silly.
I admire people who knit but it's not an activity I find particularly suitable for the likes of me, considering that I'm awful when it comes to doing stuff with my hands. I know the point of it isn't entirely to make something gorgeous, and of course, practice makes perfect--but truthfully, knitting has never appealed to me because I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything of import, considering I'm a horrible knitter. I wish there were an equally relaxing activity for people who suck at dexterity.
Nirmala, my husband and I like to play Scrabble after the little guy goes to bed. It's our favourite wind-down-the-night activity.
I do like the idea of knitting; it would keep my hands busy to curb that prime time TV watching snacking! Also, perhaps it's not about perfection, success, or import--it's about relaxing and losing yourself in an activity.
My roomate is a knitter...she always talks about how stress relieving it is. I don't think it is for me, but I admire others that do it. My grandmother knitted and I have some beautiful blanket she made.
My favorite ways to relax are yoga, eating a gorgeous healthy meal, watching a good movie, going for a walk, listening to music...actually the list could go on. I try to relieve stress in everything that I do.
I never learned to knit but I do quilt. I piece the tops on a machine but do the actual quiliting by hand. If I don't have a new quilt in the works then I've always got a vintage one that I'm trying to repair. I've found any kind of hand work to be very relaxing.