I have an addictive personality. I get addicted to doing things. Years ago, I had to disallow myself to put even a single game on my smartphone. I felt physically incapable of not opening Dots or Words With Friends. It’s the same reason I turned off all notifications on my phone, too—I simply couldn’t not look when my phone told me I had a new email or Facebook or Twitter response. I’d try to sit on my hands and not open the app, but I was fighting a losing battle—I’d usually only manage to resist thirty seconds or so.

So knitting suits me perfectly. It’s fiddly, it’s never-ending, it’s a light challenge but not too much of one, and there’s always a little more to do.

It’s a good addiction.

Even more: knitting has saved my life.