“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
These words were spoken by the apostle Paul 2000 years ago; the pleasures and treasures of giving!
Studies have found some great big health benefits when we assume a lifestyle of giving:
- greater happiness
- longer life
- less depression
- lower stress levels
- increased self-esteem
- lower blood pressure
Researchers have conducted MRI’s on individuals who gave to various charitable organizations and the researchers were able to observe the brains of the givers and document that the brain releases endorphins that create what the researchers have labeled as the “helper’s high” and this high is habit-forming!! http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/12/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/
Being a knitter is a way for me to give to others, the thought that is involved when deciding the project, what yarn & colors to choose and then the time that it takes to knit something takes commitment and patience. I find that when I am knitting a project for someone, I end up thinking a lot about them during the knitting process, memories and times shared and then hopes and prayers for them also.
I have been able to finish up some of my knitting that I had the pleasure of making for others.
These socks I call my amazing socks because; they are made with Lion Brand Amazing yarn and because the yarn is worsted weight and I use size 5 needles it only takes me about 5 hours to knit up each sock, now folks that is AMAZING! They wear wonderfully, are super warm and have great colors. These were made for my hairdresser, Stephanie, who takes great care of my hair and never has pressured me when it comes to decisions regarding my hair. I appreciate her very much.
One of my other finished projects was a beanie that my husband asked me to knit for his professor’s 1-year-old daughter. I haven’t had many opportunities to knit for “little ones” lately and I had a great time going through my stash yarn looking for little girl color combinations. What little girl doesn’t look adorable in pink and green, just like pink flowers in the green grass. I chose the free pattern Magic coffee baby hat, it was a nice written pattern with several sizes to choose from.
I loved the finished project, it turned out so cute that I could have kept it for myself!! I always worry about the fit of hats and this time I was without knowing head measurements, but it fit perfectly and the day the professor gave it to her daughter; she just so happened to be wearing pink and green, Love Love Love 😉
My last finished project was another pair of socks for my son. Simple vanilla socks in his favorite colors of turquoise and brown. I have a few more pairs of socks on the needles for other people and am trying to finish those up soon and gift them!!
I truly hope that this time of year finds you enjoying the act of giving and that you are not too stressed out from the demands that seem to come from every direction, and accepting that there is a limit as to what we can all do…
Until next time, have a blessed day.
All pictures & content belong to Deanna Klell, thanks.