Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Knitting Tells A Story

Does your knitting tell a story?

I have quite a few pieces I have knit that I remember: a specific project I was knitting for, something in particular that was happening at the time I was knitting, who I was knitting for, where I was when I was knitting, etc.

I have "busy" hands....I can't sit idle without something to do, so most of my knitting is just the day to day kind of ordinary knitting we all do. The kind that you don't give much thought "T.V. Knitting"...or waiting for an appointment kind of knitting. I always have socks on the needles for just such times.

These socks have a story:

(stay tuned for future update on the brown spikes)

I started these socks awhile back....I think I started 6 or 7 pairs of socks one week and this was one of those. I occasionally would dig them out and take to knit night when I knew I was going to be helping someone or just in the mood to cut up and have a good time, just in case I decided to knit a stitch or two, something I didn't need to concentrate on, no serious knitting. Nothing special, just my version of the vanilla sock: K3, P1. Never making much progress.

Somewhere in the mix, these socks turned into a different kind of knitting. Knitting that was hastily thrown in a bag as I was heading out the while I waited I wouldn't have to sit with idle hands....then they turned into socks that were knit when things were beyond my control and I was feeling helpless to do I knit...because that is something I CAN can control what stitches you make, in what order you knit them and you KNOW the outcome of what you are knitting.

I started these "mindless" socks a long time ago, never thinking about what kind of socks they would become. I had so many hours of knitting I got SICK of knitting..... I put them down, picked up a book or three, read them straight through. I haven't done that in years!!! Not since learning to knit!!

But......eventually I felt the need to complete the process, so I pulled them out, finished them up, and have decided to keep them. I wasn't going to....I thought about who to give them to, but they weren't mindless knitting, not happy knitting so I decideded to keep them....... If for no other reason than to remind myself that life isn't always fair, bad things happen, and that no matter what goes on, no matter the circumstances.......every single day of life is precious!! There ARE no bad days!!

And as a reminder in the Fall, when I pull out all my lovely socks, I'll run across this particular pair and they will be a reminder of where I was when I was knitting them, and who I was with when I knit them and that she is no longer here. AND.......that it is time for my yearly mammogram, to STOP and make an appointment before time gets away!!!!!!

If you don't get mammograms or are late getting yours (like I am)........get one and encourage everyone you love to get one!! Don't let the fear of the unknown stop you!!!!


sprite said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Sending good thoughts your way...

Channon said...

What a post! So I guess I really do have to have ANNUAL smashograms?

The socks are beautiful. Isn't it amazing that just pulling out handknit socks to wear (or to knit?) can be so powerful?

elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry Darlene! Mammograms are nothing to fear and definitely worth the trouble.

I know what you mean about rediscovering reading. I used to knit all the time too and sometimes now I want to engage my MIND and escape into a good book.

Sending you hugs!