I am back at school two mornings a week trying to improve my conversational French . My first assignment was a five minute presentation on a useful habit I have. I chose knitting because, although I've only recently got out my needles again since a break in the summer (note to self: knitting socks at the pool during 40C weather leads to many mistakes and eventual frogging) I am in love with the idea of knitting. I think it's the ultimate hobby. Here's a rough translation of what I tried to say (with far fewer mistakes in this version I suspect):
It's creative - let's face it, to the uninitiated making anything wearable out of wool is impressive and most importantly, unique.
It's challenging -I love the accomplishment of working out how to do a new stitch. I'm very nerdy like that. I finally worked out how to do a twisted rib on a sock cuff this week. It only took me two years.
It's deceptively easy - all that K2, SSK, K2tog, K3 YO K1 stuff is actually very straightforward once you're brave enough to just have a go. I know many accomplished knitters who are scared of knitting in the round and I can fool them into thinking that I'm extra smart because I once watched a youtube video that showed me how.
It's relaxing - I really switch off when I knit and find it very useful when I want to be distracted from the mundane things in life like cooking dinner, helping children with homework etc. It never ceases to amaze me how long you can get away with "Just a minute, Mummy just has to finish one more row...".
It's practical - you can knit virtually anywhere (although not at an outdoor swimming pool during a heatwave - see above), I have knit at the skating rink, on the bus, in the car, in the Dr's office, waiting for my tires to be changed to name a few.
I could have added something about how special it is to give someone a knitted gift but I didn't because as I have previously alluded, I am a selfish knitter and keep it all to myself thank you very much.