Mindful Monday: Knitting for Wellbeing

I’ve been practising meditation and mindfulness for a number of years now and know just how important it is take a few minutes out every busy day just to stop and breathe!  One of my favourite ways to unwind is to engage in an active meditation – this can encompass a range of different activities including running on the treadmill, doing some yoga or Pilates and drawing mandala designs.  Combining mindfulness with something creative is incredibly fulfilling and you get the double whammy of chilling out and producing something decorative for your home or yourself.

So, when my lovely friend at Apple Nutrition asked me if I’d like to attend a knitting for wellbeing session, I jumped at the chance.  I am no knitter; I can do the basic knit one, purl one but that literally is the full scope of my skills.  However, as I started casting on I realised that the repetitive nature of knitting is incredibly relaxing.  Not to mention the emotional wellbeing derived from spending time in the company of friends and having a good chat and catch up.

Knitting groups or sewing circles are becoming increasing popular and you can usually get the details of local groups from your library.

I’m considering making Mindful Monday into a regular blog post and would very much value feedback, so please pop a comment below if you would like to know more about meditation and mindfulness.

My friend's amazing scarf

My friend’s amazing scarf

Obviously, tea had to be involved somewhere...!

Obviously, tea had to be involved somewhere…!

My attempt

My attempt

Even more arty stuff

I had the afternoon off work today so I made the most of it and went and bought some new craft supplies in order to make some Christmas-themed pieces.  I’ve never really made cards before so I’ve been experimenting with different ideas.  I also had a couple of tiny canvases prepped up, which I thought would make great tree decorations.

Whilst I was in the craft section of the garden centre, I got chatting to a lovely retired gentleman about painting.  He recommended some paints to me and also suggested I watch a programme on Sky about portrait artists.  He told me all about the art group he is part of and the technical drawing challenges his teacher sets him.  Unfortunately, the art group is on during the morning so I can’t attend but it was so nice to have a chat with someone about different painting techniques and styles.  I recommended he try out gouache paints, so I hope he gets on well with them!

I worked on a silver and blue version of the stag piece I did on Monday:

Silver Stag

Silver Stag

I also designed two snowflake tree decorations on tiny canvases.  These are embellished in glitter, although it doesn’t show up that well in the photograph.  The fingerprint reindeer and robins will eventually find their way onto greetings cards.  I just need to get the lettering right now…

Canvas tree decorations and Christmas card designs

Canvas tree decorations and Christmas card designs