I have decided that I am going to learn how to knit. I knew once upon a time, years ago, but I’ve since forgotten. My mom’s co-worker is going to cast me on and teach me tomorrow. The reason I’m learning is because I have trichotillomania, an anxiety disorder similar to OCD that makes you pull out your own hair. (I know it sounds strange, but if you’d like more information visit the TLC or feel free to ask me.) I’ve heard knitting is a good way to keep your hands busy to stop pulling and release the anxiety or stress that causes it. Plus, I love scarves. I’m sure my scarves will be fairly messy at first, but I honestly don’t care—I’ll wear them anyway. I already bought some really nice pink and green yarn that I think will make a great, colorful scarf. The potential for Christmas presents is boundless.

My question for you all: do you have any knitting tips? I’ve also heard about special knitting needles that are airplane-friendly; as I have a 7-plus hour flight coming up, I’d like to be able to do some knitting, without my needles being taken away by the TSA. Do you have any other ideas on how to keep my hands busy while watching T.V., on the bus, or reading? How do you deal with stress and anxiety?