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Thursday, January 12, 2012

For Christmas I knit some socks for my sister and a scarf for my mom. I learned to knit as a kid, but hadn't ever done any complicated projects because I wasn't comfortable following a pattern.



But I gave it a go. The scarf is a beautiful and complex pattern -- so complex that I had to write each row out on a sticky note so I could follow along without getting lost. I also knit about four inches of it just to learn the pattern, then ripped out the awkward mess and started again. It was BOTH difficult and fun. It was a challenge, and the fun part was in figuring out how to overcome obstacles (like losing my place in the pattern) and in celebrating my success (as the scarf grew and I appreciated its beauty).



My friend taught me how to make the socks. She is such an accomplished knitter that she doesn't need a pattern. They were made with the most beautiful wool I've ever seen. I used 2 mm needles - the smallest needles there are. Those socks were a crazy project, and near the end of December I stopped sparking because all I did, night after night, was knit frantically in order to complete them by Christmas.



I was so happy to give homemade presents to the two people I love most in the world. I was so proud of what I made, too!

I wanted my mom and sister to be warm and cozy, and to think of how much I love them each time they put on their gifts.



As I was knitting on the tiny needles, I would look at the socks and be amazed. Stitch after stitch, they grew. They started from nothing but wool, and they became a tube that became a sock, and then there were two. Stitch by stitch. Each stitch on its own was nothing, but over time, they become something precious.



I thought about how the process of knitting is similar to the process of becoming fitter. One step, two steps -- they're not much on their own. Keep putting one foot ahead of the other, and the steps add up. Keep plugging away, and the walks get longer; maybe they even they even turn into a jog. Over time, the body gets stronger. Muscles, lungs, heart get fitter. Just keep at it, and you can make something precious.

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THINRONNA 1/31/2012 5:57AM

    How wonderful! I learned how to knit just this Christmas...since I could not read I wanted to do something to do with my daughter and we learned how to knit together. How wonderful that you were able to challenge yourself and make such complex things! I know that your mother and sister will feel very loved every time they wear your gifts!

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JEWELY_ROADS 1/24/2012 9:49PM

    Right On! emoticon emoticon I'd like to take up knitting too.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 1/23/2012 1:19AM

    Amazing dedication to the craft, just as you are dedicated to yourself. The gifts will be well-loved!

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/17/2012 8:38AM

    It makes me happy to know that you were knitting furiously to finish presents. And I like how you knitted together hand crafts and fitness. For the past couple of years I've been thinking of that a well shaped practice of art making (all sorts of art- high, low, visual, theater, dance, crafts, etc) is much like exercise- built from small daily or regular actions.

Keep on knitting. Keep on fitting.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 1/12/2012 9:01PM

    I love this analogy.
I'm sure your sister and mom loved the gifts made for them with love.
I can only knit a looong scarf because I don't know how to end it..lol

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IONA72 1/12/2012 5:33PM

    Good to "meet" another knitter! I have been knitting for over 40 years but have never made socks! Perhaps I will make this the year....

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LIBELULITA 1/12/2012 4:42PM

    What a wonderful philosophy...and so true!! We're all knitting ourselves new bodies stitch by stitch emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 1/12/2012 3:13PM

    lovely, just lovely

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/12/2012 10:06AM

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KALIGIRL 1/12/2012 9:06AM

    "One step, two steps" - What a emoticon analogy!

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TWINNYGRAN 1/12/2012 2:34AM

    I love knitting too! It amazes me that people seem to have forgotten about this rewarding art - yes, it IS an art! I knit for my grandchildren and the more complicated the pattern the better as far as I'm concerned! I love a challenge. My friend knits socks and she gave me a lovely pair of leaf lace pattern ones for Christmas. Love them! Knitting also occupies your hands so you can't eat while you're doing it. Keep knitting! emoticon

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