The carnival this week over at the Crazy Hip Blog today is to share our hobbies. The one main hobby that I am most devoted to is knitting.
About 2 1/2 years ago I decided to take a knitting class offered at our local knitting shop where, by the way, I told hubby to look for me if I ever come up missing. If only I could be a tiny mouse and snuggle up among the lucious yarns and make my home there!
My aunt had visited and she is a jewelry maker, gardener, avid reader, and skilled knitter. I find that even though I did not grow up around Aunt Susie, I am alot like her. I think I wanted to be even more like her. So, I promptly signed up for a beginner knitting class (we learned to knit a square and do different patterns and cables, which then led me to make many, many scarves!) Next, I took a scarf & hat class. I've knitted off & on ever since. Most recently I am quite proud of knitting my first sweater.
I find that I am getting better at reading patterns and attempting harder projects. I started a knitting journal this year to chronicle the journey.
You will find works in progress in just about any room of our house. I fill baskets, bags, and even have a hope chest completely packed with needles in every size, books, and yarns of all kinds.
My favorite time to knit is really any free moment. I love to knit outside while the kids are playing. The weather lately has been perfect for this. I love to knit by the window in the winter, watching the snow fall. When a good movie is on. Late at night. Early morning. In the car (while hubby drives.) Anywhere, anytime really.
I often let a particular yarn inspire me to make something. Sometimes I'll find a pattern or muse first. Knitting truly relaxes me and gives me a quiet sense of achievement and accomplishment, and another step toward being that Proverbs 31 woman.
With every stitch, I observe my hands. They are hands that prepare. That make better, and that wipe away tears. Hands that correct, that protect. Hands that serve. Hands that create. That praise. Hands that grasp, and also that let go. Hands that give. And that receive. Hands with promise. Hands with purpose. Hands with life. Hands that love.