Not only does it keep my hands nice and busy while I'm staring blankly at the television, but I've really enjoyed the challenge of learning something new and the feeling of satisfaction when I finish a project is unlike any other (maybe because I often did not finish craft projects I started.) I don't have the patience to do anything adult-sized yet - I've only done baby clothes/items.
I've given a few things as gifts, but I keep forgetting to take photos. A couple of my friends kindly took photos of their gorgeous boys and my knitted creations for me to post on my blog. (Thanks guys!)
Taraz, sporting the second hat I knit. This was the first thing I tried to do in stripes, and on four needles. Quite the challenge, but it turned out really well!
My favourite thing though, has been when I present my finished projects to the intended recipients (or their parents, as the case may be.) They genuinely appreciate the time, effort, care and consideration that has gone into each and every individual stitch; if they only knew how much swearing went into each piece!!
The one and only blanket I've ever finished on my own. I felt very clever knitting in the basket weave pattern for Marcus' blanket. His dad, Allan, assures me that Marcus enjoys playing with his blanket and pulling it over his head. So cute! It took ages, and I swore I'd never do another blanket, but I've already started another one.
I think this may actually be a crafting hobby I stick with - not only for the relaxation and satisfaction, but I love making things and sharing a bit of old school home knitting with my friends.