Each phase of a knitting project brings peace, joy, pride, or happiness. The rhythm of the needles and stitches calms and relieves the tension of life.
Fixing a stitch or adjusting the fit to my exact specifications provides a sense of skill and ability rarely offered in my everyday tasks.
The finished sweater, hat, or other item is not only soft, warm, and comforting, but also practical. It meets our basic human need to be clothed, while being thoughtful and beautiful.
And few things can replace the pride that comes from creating a garment that I actually wear. Receiving compliments from friends and family is a pleasant side effect of the process.