March 28, 2007

And She Knits


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!

Anyway...

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.

21 comments:

  1. I'm horrid at knitting! I've tried and tried. I love to sew though!

    Laura
    www.thejoyfulmom.com

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  2. Wonderful. My Mom knits and I've always thought I should start but never have. You may keep inspiring me!!!

    I love your last paragraph, it's terrific!

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  3. I heart your words. (and your knitting)

    xoxo,
    Ashlee

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  4. I just learned to knit this fall and I love it! Actually my grandmother tried to teach me when I was a teen but I wasn't into it then...now I'm totally hooked, even though I'm a novice.
    Love your last paragraph! :)

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  5. I feel the same way about knitting, although lately it's been hard to find time to get some done. I have to unfinished projects on my needles!
    DH knows not to let me go into a yarn store alone....I'll either come out with the entire store or never leave at all LOL

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  6. Very cool! I always thought that knitting would be a cool hobby, however, as I look around at all the money I've invested in the other hobbies, I decided against it... maybe some day...

    Your words were great.. :) And I love the last paragraph!

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  7. One day I want to learn to knit and SEW. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I can't even sew a button.

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  8. Sounds like a great hobby to me! I love the part at the end about the hands, so true but beautifully put.

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  9. yeah, knitting is not my thing. I totally admire others that do it. It is cool, but I just have no desire. I can't sit still that long!

    I do like taking pics and scrapbooking though!

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  10. I just recently started to learn to knit. I would love to take a class. I just learned the very basic stitch and right now can not remember what it is called. I have a square done thus far. I could see myself getting into this more in the future.

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  11. Knitting is fun for those who know how. I wish I did.

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  12. A lady in my church knits the most beautiful things and always makes a gift for the new babies. I treasure them, knowing the love and attention she put into each one.

    Visiting from CHBM!

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  13. I so want to be a knitter. My friend has tried to teach me but I haven't enough time to devote to it. I may just have to sign up for a class and just do it. Love the sweater you made. Great work!!

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  14. I've always wanted to learn to knit. It seems relaxing.

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  15. I love the scarfs you make, and that sweater for Gray was fabulous! I've always heard that knitting is very calming. And that last paragraph is just beautiful!

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  16. When I look at my own hands I sometimes see the gnarled hands of my Nana, and I know I'm doing something worthy!

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  17. I'd love to be able to knit, it just seems so hard I don't even want to start, good for you the sweater is beautiful. Oh and by the way thanks for the camera advice I think that's the camera I am going to buy.

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  18. I can't knit. I'm just AWFUL. A woman from my church thinks, rather optimistically, that I'll be a natural at crochet. Perhaps.

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  19. What a great gift to have. I sure wish I could, my scarves always came out a whole lot thicker on one end then the other! :)

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  20. I love to knit too - it's very relaxing and very portable! Your first sweater is great - you did a wonderful job.

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