One of the things I love about knitting is that it is one of the most productive pastimes. If I'm watching television, lights are up so I can knit. If I'm reading, a little voice in the back of my mind tells me I could be knitting! Sometimes I do a double whammy and listen to a Truly Myrtle podcast while I'm in that endless ocean of stockinette.
If you're anything like me, you've got two or three projects on the needles, a couple to be blocked, about ten queued up and you're dreaming about the latest release from your favourite dyer. And if your partner is like mine...they don't know how much wool you actually own.
There is certainly something magical about hand dyed yarn and even just squishing it is a great stress reliever. When I'm upset, I've been known to go and 'sort' my yarn, rummage through my patterns and see if I can make a combo that will work with my most recent Ravelry purchase(s). Now that I run Wool on Wheels...it's like I have an extension to my stash...I can literally go shopping in the next room. I'm not gonna lie. It's glorious.
Once the project has been established, one can still embellish in their own creative flair. I don't think I've ever made a pattern in the colours used by the pattern designer! I love vibrant contrasts, and I am a sucker for teal. The green-blue spectrum definitely dominates my personal colour choices.
What I truly love about this hobby (that has taken over my life) is that the knitter (or crocheter) is the ultimate optimist. We are more than likely to possess a stash that we realistically cannot craft through in our lifetime. But we live, and knit, like it's possible and that's the kind of company that I like to keep.