Knitting is probably my favorite way to stim. Everything about it is pleasing sensory wise. I love all the color possibilities, the yarn textures, the glorious click clack of the needles. Knitting also involves very repetitive movements, and what autistic doesn’t want more of that in their life?
I also love the fact that it is a productive way to stim. Don’t get me wrong. I will gladly sit rocking for an hour or run around the house jumping and singing. But it does feel nice to be able to create something while regulating myself at the same time. It is also very socially acceptable, which makes it an easy way to stim in public without me becoming self-conscious. It’s very validating as well. Like most autistics, I don’t possess the best fine motor skills. When I am able to learn a new technique or figure out how to adapt something, I feel so proud of myself.
I usually have 3 different projects going at a time. I love to have one that involves no thinking for when I’m around people or when I am watching a movie. I also always have a more involved project that I use almost to meditate. Sitting on my porch, knitting and listening to a book or music is one of the most spiritual things I do for myself. Getting lost in a lace pattern, or short row shaping clears my mind like nothing else.