The (scar)f project
Last night I saw a text post that said somebody had relapsed (on cutting), and it had no notes, there were no anon messages published after it saying how wonderful she was or anything. I almost scrolled right past it, but something told me I needed to reach out to this girl.
Rather than shaming her for cutting, I told her that her cutting does not define her, and that she is better than it. I wanted to help her channel her emotions into something productive, so I suggested that she knit a scarf. (She said that she had lost her groove for writing)
Basically, the premise is this: You start a scarf, and every time you want to cut, you go and knit row- or however many it takes for the feeling to get back down to a manageable level. It keeps your mind and hands occupied, and provides a positive outlet for your feelings. As the scarf grows longer, it’ll serve as a constant reminder of how strong you were before, and how much progress you have made towards not cutting- and hopefully it’ll be enough incentive to not do it again.
If you don’t know how to knit, here are some links to good videos and sites on how to get started:
wikihow ~ ehow (really helpful video) ~ free knitting patterns ~
Don’t have any knitting supplies? You can pick up needles for less than $4, and cheap yarn for $3.
40% off coupon to hobby lobby
Walmart knitting needles
I recommend using size 10 or larger needles, and a thick yarn. On the yarn packaging, it says what size needles to use with that particular kind of yarn.
So, choose what color you want to use and get started!
Edit: make sure you tag your progress as the (scar)f project and reblog this so everyone can see it!
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