I have heard other tatters mention that tatting is very relaxing. It is relaxing for me, too. I have a theory as to why tatting is more relaxing than other pastimes. Tatting has a lot in common with meditation. Meditation, at it's heart, is a process of focusing your mind on a simple element, say a syllable or chant or a breathing exercise. By focusing your mind on something simple, you quiet the stream of consciousness that worries about money, or your kids, or tomorrow's plans. And quieting that internal voice allows all the stress to melt away so you can relax.
Tatting focuses your mind on each knot as you count it: One...two...three...picot...one...two...three...picot. Your mind can't think about tomorrow's plans or how to get your kids to eat vegetables because it's focused on a simple element, counting stitches. If you start daydreaming or worrying while you are tatting, this is how you end up counting: one...two...three...picot...one...two...oops, that was supposed to be a join, not a picot. Un-tat two, un-tat one...join...one...two...three...picot...etc.
Here is my Zen tatting for this week:
I'm done with crosses for now and have moved on to snowflakes, but I'll save those for another post. Wishing you all relaxation as you tat.