knitting and knotting
What's most fascinating to me about knitting is its provisional nature. The knots can be unknotted--unraveled--with just a slight tug (unless you're the kind of knitter who splits stitches and catches half the underneath sticth, which makes a terrible mess when you unravel it--believe me, I kow!).
The craft of knotting has two interesting variations besides knitting:
So what is, to me, a relaxing craft is really a methodical process of making knots. That doesn't sound relaxing at all. Is it the routine (the pattern) I like? The way that knitting keeps my hands busy, freeing my mind to process incoming sensations and to create? Is it the way that knitting grows under your hands, giving you a sense of accomplishment? Or is it the satisfaction of the finished item, and the pleasure it gives to the person to whom it's given? All of these reasons make me love to knit.