Brain-fitness articles often recommend learning a new skill such as knitting.
This sounded like a great transition from my primary focus on Weaving the Web for the last 20 years (weaving is weaving – right?) until I discovered that even though I had started learning to knit as a teen, I was still hopelessly inept. Regulating the tension on the yarn just escapes me every time!
After a few weeks of frustration, I happened upon some references to Loom Knitting. Well, that looked interesting! As soon as my new looms arrived, I started in on a simple hat project and quickly decided to adopt this as my perfect “brain-training” hobby. There are so many techniques to learn – and no matter how hard I pull, I cannot move those pegs any closer to each other!
Knitting around and around the circular loom is a very calming, almost Zen-like activity that I am finding the perfect accompaniment to listening to Coursera lectures or watching the X-Files. But the very best result of my quest for a better brain has been the formation of Knitting Together, an intergenerational circle of family and friends loom knitting hats for donation to those in need in Charlottesville.
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