Yesterday I read the following post on The Daily Muse Blog. Her description of the difference between relaxing and being lazy really struck me. I often find myself in a whirlwind of thought as I struggle to settle down and relax and feel compelled nonetheless to be DOING SOMETHING. My current remedy to this constant push-and-pull within myself has been knitting. When I hold the needles in my hands and concentrate on the pattern of purls and knits, I find myself at ease with relaxation. While this is not a perfect strategy for quieting my thoughts and allowing myself to stop the constant motion, it is a step I found to be helpful. And as a result, I am making stuff and still technically doing something. Who wouldn’t like to have a scarf or hat they made with their own hands while reclined on the couch listening to some Mumford and Sons? And, what a cozy hobby for the Fall and Winter months!