As part of my 2016 goal for one pattern published a month I’m playing catch up…but last week I published my 6th pattern. I have a few more in the pipeline so watch this space!
Its called Fljót which means river in Icelandic. When you think of a river, you imagine the water flowing, shifting and changing direction.
Life is just like a river, it changes, twists and turns as you grow; from its source until it reaches its journeys end meeting the ocean.
This simple shawl pattern has been designed to allow you time to practice mindfulness as you knit: to relax and not stress about life’s journey.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of Buddhist mediation practice that has become very popular in the west. In today’s modern world everywhere you look there is stress. Family stress, work stress, financial stress, relationship stress, etc. We all need to slow down and learn to not let things get on top of us. But sometimes that is easier said than done.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
But is Knitting Mindfulness?
Research has shown that knitting (and other forms of crafting) have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and mediation.
Betsan Corkhill is a UK-based therapist who has done research on the therapeutic effect of knitting.
A survey of more than 3,545 knitters found that over half of respondents reported knitting left them feeling “very happy“, and many said they actually took up knitting as a form of relaxation and stress relief.
Corkhill’s study concluded, “Knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to well-being and quality of life.”
Fljót is a one skein project that would be perfect for those pretties in your stash that you just don’t know what to make with; and you will never run out of yarn as you work the increase until you have half of your skein left.
The pattern has been designed to be simple enough for those mindfulness moments when you need to focus on something else other than the every day stresses in life.
I made the pattern sample using Townhouse Yarns Fade St which is a gorgeous blend of silk and merino in a single ply.
If you live in and around the Dublin area please do pop into This Is Knit and see the fabulous array of yarn colours on offer and try on the Fljót shawl sample currently on display! There is nothing nicer than a good old squish in real life and I’d love to hear what you think!