I quite like knitting. As it happens, I haven’t really had the time to do any since I went back to full time work, and so there’s a plastic box containing half a shawl and half a kid’s jumper under Eaglet No. 2′s bed. But there is something really soothing about it. It can feel zen-like – but you also have to concentrate (there’s nothing more frustrating than dropping a stitch or having to unpick a whole row because you mucked up the pattern).
Anyway, I came across this nice story about an organisation called Knitting Behind Bars. It seems that the prisoners really appreciated the chance to do knitting, although they were very doubtful about it at first, thinking that it seemed too “girlie”. But ultimately, they found it therapeutic, and enjoyed making stuff for needy kids.