Before I started knitting my second job was teaching group exercise. I worked in 2 gyms teaching regular and step aerobics, muscle conditioning and cardi kickboxing. I LOVED it. I was in to my 50’s and really kicking butt.
My mother started developing Alzheimers in 2004 and as her condition worsened I had to be home (I lived downstairs from her)with her more. I had to give up teaching weeknight evenings so I took up crochet, which quickly morphed to knitting.
By early 2006 I had to give up teaching on weekends as she could not ever be left on her own. Cyrus and I moved upstairs to care for her and by then ALL of my activities had stopped: the gym, socializing, even having a peaceful cup of coffee in the mornings.
Knitting saved me. I couldn’t do much as she was a handful! I dropped her of to daycare every morning and picked her up after work. After dinner, if I was lucky and she was calm I could knit a little. But looking forward to those few rows, looking forward to a new yarn delivery gave me such peace and happiness.
Mom’s in an ALF now bt my knitting obsession is still with me:)
I can knit with thin needles but I am lousy with chopsticks!