Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.
When I say properly practiced, I mean executed in a relaxed manner, without anxiety, strain, or tension, but with confidence, inventiveness, pleasure, and ultimate pride....
Loose knitting tends to make your stitches look more uneven, but what of it? Are you trying to reproduce a boughten machine-made sweater?
~Elizabeth Zimmerman, Knitting Without Tears