Recently several people have asked why I started knitting. Honestly, I didn’t have a good answer for them. “Because I wanted to” didn’t seem to cut it. As a writer, I’ve learned we have a motivation for everything we say and do.
My mother taught me to crochet when I was about seven or so. I’ve crocheted for years and really enjoyed it. I love the look of knitted items and always wanted to learn, but couldn’t master using two needles. They felt so awkward.
A lady in my church knits beautifully and offered to teach me. Bless her patient heart. I just couldn’t get it. I hate not being able to do something I want.
Bestselling & award winning author Debbie Macomber
was our keynote speaker at the ACFW conference. If you read Debbie’s books, you’ll know she is an avid knitter. I remember watching her knit with a couple of other writers. She carried on conversations with the writers, keeping her eyes focused on them, and kept knitting.
So, anyway, I decided to try–again–to learn how to knit. I scrounged through my attic for some yarn and came up with a skein of off white acrylic–no shuddering, M-A. Several people recommended www.knittinghelp.com
to learn. I watched the knitting help videos over and over. I paused, made sure my hands were in the same positions, and hit play over and over and over. Finally something clicked in my brain and I “got it.”
I posted on Amy’s Facebook wall. I bugged Marie-Anne with knitting questions. They were both oh so patient.
Hubby uses Lion Brand Quick & Thick chenille yarn for his fly tying. He pulled out 8 skeins of this cozy yarn in a variety of colors and gave them to me. Oh, my! What a gift!
Christmas was coming. I promised Hubby I wouldn’t go overboard with gifts. I love to make gifts. I scrapbook, stamp, and crochet, but this year, I wanted to give scarves for Christmas. They are easy for this beginner…and did I mention how gorgeous the yarn was that hubby gave me? Plus, we live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. Snow at Halloween is not uncommon. The scarves would be used.
My friend Heidi’s birthday was coming up and the Coffee Girls were getting together to celebrate. I cast on stitches and knitted her a simple scarf in a garter stitch–so easy for a beginner like me. The picture above shows her scarf–my very first completed knitting project. Since then I’ve made 8 scarves and given them away as Christmas gifts. I have 14 more to make before winter’s end.
I knit for three reasons:
- Knitting is a labor of love. I’m crafting a gift for a specific person in mind. A lot of time and love go into those scarves. I’m giving a tiny part of myself with each gift. As I knit, I pray for God’s blessing on the wearer.
- Knitting relaxes me. I can knit while watching TV with hubby. I can knit while playing games with my family. Or knit and listen to audiobooks–combining two of my favorite pleasures. There’s something soothing about the gentle sounds of needle swishing against needle and feeling the yarn slide through my fingers.
- Knitting frees my mind. I can focus on my task at hand, but I can also think through my plots, contemplate my lesson plans for the next day or next week, or ponder other problems I may be dealing with.
What is your labor of love? How do you relax? What frees your mind?