When Rin Simpson learned to knit in junior high school, she never dreamed that it would one day help her get through one of the hardest times of her life.
“Knitting was something old ladies did,” she says. “I wouldn’t have dreamed of admitting that I knew what to do with a pair of size 5s and a 50g ball of extra chunky.”
As it turns out, though, Rin would eventually get extremely familiar with all aspects of knitting.
Married right out of college to her best friend, whom she was passionate about, made plans with, and loved very much. In the beginning, things were smooth. They had their bad moments just like any other couple, but for the most part, their marriage was good.
However, an unfortunate change began to overtake Rin and her husband’s lives. Their fights grew worse. Silences got longer. They grew more distant. When he took a job 100 miles away from their home, Rin found herself inside an empty house nearly every day.
After trying to adapt by keeping herself busy with chores, friends, movies, and projects, Rin began to find herself focusing on negative things: why her husband hadn’t called, why they had to fight constantly, how lonely she was. The hours of silence started to weigh down on her.
Then one night, she decided she’d start to knit.
“Something strange happened,” Rin says. “As I cast on and began the… Read more