Happiness Highlights: The Click

Despite writing elsewhere about the importance of and how to start a gratitude practice, I’ve neglected my own for two weeks. I have, however, started a family one around the dinner table, making everyone share one thing they were grateful for each night. It evens out, in other words. But, I really like this collection of thankfulness I’ve been building. I like being able to look back over the last year and see all of the things that brought me joy, and so I’m resolved to keep memorializing my gifts. On that note…

This week my happiness came from the click.

You know the click, the moment when the fog clears and you’re not exactly sure if you’ve even done something differently, but all of a sudden the pieces fall into place and… click.

You get it.

I started hoarding buying yarn at estate sales and thrift stores a couple months ago. I was, at some point, going to learn how to knit from YouTube, because I’d heard that was a thing that could be done. I wanted to make gifts and clothes and all of the wonderful things I saw on Pinterest, I guess, or maybe I just have some latent crafting gene that has finally been activated. Whatever the reason, I’ve been preparing to learn how to knit. When I realized Christmas was quickly approaching, I decided it was time.

I bought a starter kit from Michael’s; it came with two sets of needles and an instructional booklet that I would use to supplement my YouTube education. I sat down on a Saturday night and learned the steps, and then I began to knit.

Or so I thought.

A couple weeks and many, many torn apart attempts later, I realized that I had not, in fact, learned the steps correctly that first night. I had, however, apparently invented an entirely new stitch. (Congratulations are obviously in order for that accomplishment.)

But then one night this week… click.

It all made sense.

And suddenly I’m making progress (albeit not perfection) on a project.

And I am loving knitting and the way it pulls me out of the digital quagmire.

And man, it just feels really, really good to learn something new and to make something with my hands.

What made you happy this week?

I take the time to highlight what made me happy because gratitude is the root of all happiness. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; I wholeheartedly believe it will change your life.

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  1. Megan says:

    Very cool that you found something that absorbs you. It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

    What made me happy this week was a “click” too! At the urging of a friend (who gave me some new information) I’ve dug up an old project and am overhauling it. I may have found the answer to what I want to be when I grow up. :)
    Megan’s most recent post: Boxed Set: Pieces of Me

  2. Renae says:

    I’m an aspiring knitter too. I’ve made few things but I like to keep my projects small and kind of mindless. Then it’s almost like meditating. May you find your bliss in the knitting :)

  3. Debbie says:

    I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve been knitting, but I learned everything I know from a couple books and a whole lot of internet — especially the videos for help when I get stumped. I’m always excited to hear of new knitters picking up the needles and finding the magic that I found a few years back. It’s calming AND productive, it’s win-win!
    Debbie’s most recent post: But he did drive away…

  4. Becca says:

    I got to see Breaking Dawn II with my eldest and some of my sister friends, it was awesome!!

  5. Being with those I care about always makes me happy. Great post :)

  6. Naomi says:

    Finding the Food Bank in Singapore made me happy … FINALLY I’ve found something with soul here …

    Love that you’re knitting!
    Naomi’s most recent post: Singapore

  7. Kent says:

    What a great skill to have. Lots os people will benefit.

    This week, being on the Washington Coast has made me very happy. So peaceful, no major distractions.

  8. the muskrat says:

    I was happy when we drove to Atlanta Motor Speedway for redneck Christmas lights…it was awesome.
    the muskrat’s most recent post: conclusion: i probably shouldn’t go awol

  9. Kim L says:

    Crocheting makes me happy!
    Kim L’s most recent post: 5 Tips To Stay On Budget During The Holidays

  10. Louise says:

    I also love to do things with just a – click. Sometimes, I don’t even get it why I’m doing that out of impulse.
    Louise’s most recent post: What’s Holding You Back?

  11. Liz says:

    I love embroidery for that same reason. It feels really amazing to make something with your hands. I keep wanting to learn how to knit—my friend knows how to knit and crochet, and I’m always in awe of her creations—and will someday have to. I’m super excited for you.
    Liz’s most recent post: Review | American Horror Story

  12. I nice book review. I know external praise is not something that I should base my happiness on…
    Corey Feldman’s most recent post: Egret Volume 2 – comments needed! Please de-lurk

  13. Rosemary says:

    What made me happy this week is taking the Metro to work again. Living in the National Capital Region makes for some serious traffic issues. Not only is the Metro a bit more relaxing that driving to and from work, but I can catch up on personal e-mail and even read a book! Wow!

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