I have a confession to make about knitting: I never knit complicated stuff.
I know my sock pattern by heart. And my glove pattern. I can knit a shawl without much fuss, as the pattern I use is deceptively easy.
Even when I want to knit a jumper, I stick to the basics.
When I need quick and easy projects, I knit dishcloths in garter stitch, aka the most basic stitch there is.
Oh, I salivate at the pretty patterns I see online, the complicated scarves and the wild and wonderful socks, and I've knitted plenty of complex things in the past, but nowadays I keep my knitting simple.
Because that way, knitting becomes a meditation.
No matter how overwhelmed I feel, I grab a current project, knit a few rows and I calm down.
Staring at a pattern and trying to figure out what I need to do next or where I went wrong is the opposite of calm, for me, it's stressing me out.
Knitting simple is serving me. So I embrace it.
And I know that staying calm makes me more open to create.
So I'm letting myself knit my simple stitches and my simple things.
It's what works.