With one mitten complete, I am concluding that knitting has the potential to satisfy many of my retirement activity needs. Knitting is:
Creative-- I am sometimes moved to "modify" the pattern. Of course this is not always a good idea...
Intellectual -- Every project is a learning experience. My first sock took nine months to complete and by then it really should have been able to knit itself. The second sock was much smarter.
Social -- Sometimes I can only extricate myself from a woolly mess with help from a friend
Physical -- I have the sore right arm and hand to prove it.
Spiritual -- Although some knitters claim enlightenment, I'm still not ready to knit a "prayer" shawl for anyone. The infamous first sock probably had an understood vocabulary of 10 or so words and phrases. None were prayers.
Sooooo, not a perfect activity, but still fun! Bring on Mitten # 2.