There is a lot of discussion about the moment about what we should aspire to do during lockdown.
We are not suggesting you master advanced yoga techniques, learn Tibetan or write a Booker prize-worthy novel.
However, we would like to suggest that it might be the time to make a tension square for each of your projects.
We have two reasons for this.
Firstly, if you are knitting anything that needs to come out at a particular size – hat, garment, cushion cover – getting your tension right is what make that happen. Whoever wrote your pattern will have put a lot of work into figuring out the number of stitches for a particular tension to get the sizes right. If your tension is off, your size will be off. Taking a little preparation time now will help you produce a wonderful finished object later on.
And to help we have a video about getting your tension right on our website that explains how to make a useful tension square.
The second reason is that you could use your tension square as a stress buster and we all have moments right now when we’d like one of those. There has been plenty of research into the meditative aspects of knitting – simply making one stitch after the other.
Why not try it with your tension square, think about knitting evenly and smoothly while breathing in our out as you make a number of stitches – eg breathe in as your knit four stitches, then out for four (the number of stitches that work for you will depend on the speed of your knitting).
A tension square is simply another piece of knitting – and you like knitting so see it as a positive thing.