Hi There! I’m Maria, and I Knit… alot. I started when I was seven and it has been a consistent part of my life ever since. Why? I spent my entire childhood coping with undiagnosed ADHD, Depression and Anxiety, none of which I grew out of. Having since diagnosed and treated those issues, I’ve come to realize that I had, in fact, been treating myself for years was a delightful prescription consisting of yarn and coffee.
I want to make this tool available to other people who struggle with similar issues, children and adults alike. The goal of Maria Knits is to teach you to knit beautiful things and thereby empower you to enjoy the incredible healing effects of productive mindfulness.
I teach local classes in the Raleigh-Durham area to children and adults who are interested in learning this amazing skill set. I also am constantly working on creating online resources that will assist in that process. I try to squeeze all this between educating my kids, keeping house, and volunteering. Did I mention I have ADHD?
Having worked through my own neuro-diverse challenges, and having children who have their own out-of-the-box personalities and challenges, I spend a lot of time creating strategies for how our life can be lived more efficiently and effectively, and therefore, more enjoyably. After talking to a number of other moms, I’ve realized that a lot of my solutions are pretty helpful to more people than just my little crew. So I added a section to my blog called Maria Thinks that deals with those strategies.
Maria Thinks + Knits
Developing a healthy mind in a child (or adult!) requires three kinds of extracurricular activities, Movement, Music, and Making. There are a lot of resources available for each of these components… except making. Well, of course we have Pinterest. But seriously… we all know how to get to the gym, or put on Pandora. But how do you learn woodworking, or baking, or sewing… and more challenging still, how do you teach your kids these things?
While I can't teach you wookworking or baking, I CAN teach you or your child how to knit, and in my opinion, knitting isn’t one of many options. Knitting is a particularly strategic form of making that incorporates physical movements which promote mindfulness. There is something very special about this kind of productive mindfulness, not the least of which is that it only calls for simple tools and materials and is portable, making it a effective strategy in a lot of different contexts. If you or your child has neuro-diverse challenges, I hope you’ll try knitting. It really is a critical strategy for me personally, and is quickly becoming a wonderful strategy for my elementary aged children. Want to know more? I’d love to talk to you! Shoot me an email and we’ll chat. :)