November 26, 2010
On the street where I grew up, there was a lady who would try to teach all the girls on the block how to knit. Every year, we would go to her house and have a lesson. For some of us, the lessons stuck, but for me, not so much. During the year, she would sit in her rocker by the window and watch the kids play or go off the school. She would wave to us as she sat there knitting. I was always impressed that she didn’t even have to look at what she was doing, and could still knit a straight row. Some of my favorite Christmas gifts are the ones that she made. I still have a pair of slippers that I love and will never let go of because they remind me of her. It seems even now, I get something handmade for Christmas from one of my crafty friends or relatives. It’s an honor knowing the time they spent making it just for me. As hard as I tried, I could never catch onto the technique. I try every so often, but my last attempt at knitting was, well, lets say unsuccessful. With the cold weather coming, it always makes me want to knit a hat or scarf. This year when I attempt to knit something, I hope it comes out as a hat or a scarf, or maybe an odd shaped coaster. Someday, (like when I retire) I will be the one making presents for all my loved ones.
If you want to try knitting or just talk to someone who can, visit the Knitting and Stitching Society at the Antioch Branch. They meet on the 1st Monday of the month at 10 a.m.
Also, look for some great books, from the beginner to the advanced. Check out 746.432 in the non-fiction section of the library.