When I need comforted, there are a few core things that I can eat, read, watch, or do repetitively for relief: chicken pot pie, chocolate cake, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, You’ve Got Mail, Last of the Mohicans, and knitting a dishcloth.
I find comfort in being able to produce something so familiar you can let your hands guide themselves through the familiar territory of knits and purls. Knitting with yarn I already have on hand to create something bright and cheerful and useful is also immensely satisfying. In my career as a knitter I have probably whipped out a dozen washcloths for myself and others, and my degree of happiness with the process never wanes.
Here is my latest comfort, something I knit when I wanted to start a new project that I could finish in a couple of hours while catching up on TiVo.
Yarn: Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton
Needles: Size 7
Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
What do you knit when you need a fresh start?