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18 Important Life Lessons To Learn From Knitting

Needles + yarn = INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.

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3. Knitting, and the time you spend doing it, is priceless.

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Still haven't forgiven my little sister for the time I knitted her a beret only to find that she later went out and bought a nearly identical version at Urban Outfitters. NEVER AGAIN.

5. Always get the good stuff.

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Acrylic (arguably) has its place, but there's no better feeling than pressing a squishy pile of silk-merino against your face.

(Maybe that's just me.)

(TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT.)

6. The joy of a completed project is only matched by the pain of an unfinished one.

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Although there's no harm in having several different projects going on at the same time; sometimes it's fun to switch them up, and leads to all kinds of new ideas.

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8. Knitting is incredible therapy.

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Something about the rhythm, the calm, and watching these tiny stitches add up to create a tangible result makes you feel like you can handle pretty much anything.

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16. Haters gonna hate.

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There will always be people who'll make fun of what you're doing or just won't understand it, and there's not enough time in the day to spend engaging with them. Insults run the gamut from "old lady hobbyist" to "hipster bandwagon jumper" with total disregard of the fact that there are as many different kinds of knitters in the world as there are people (to paraphrase my favorite childhood book, Harriet the Spy). Just smile and nod and knit another row while they waste their time judging how other people spend theirs. Besides, you'll be the one laughing when said haters FREEZE TO DEATH because they don't have any cozy handmade mittens/gloves/sweaters next winter.

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