I haven’t talked about knitting for awhile now. When I first started a few years ago I was knitting all the time. I worked for a wonderful yarn company, Blue Sky Alpacas who also own Spud & Chloe, and test knit for them, I also made many samples. I was up to my ears in yarn and I loved it. I was also very active on Ravelry, an amazing online community of fiber artists of all sorts. It’s also a great way to keep track of your yarn & needles stash. I also love being able to document all of my projects to see what I’ve made over the years. I highly recommend checking it out. (If you’d like to find me there, I’m theblondeknitter. )
Over the past year or so it’s really dwindled down to barely existent. I attempted to get back into it last year when we were expecting to have a baby come home with us. I picked the best colors, found my favorite ‘go to’ pattern for wee ones and cast on. I was able to get about halfway done before everything changed. The project was tucked away in my favorite knitting bag and I haven’t looked at it since.
Maybe it’s time to dig it out? Take a moment to relive…then let go?
I remember working on it at the hospital while the baby slept. I’d be rocking in a chair next to him, humming a hymn or a lullaby, needles clicking away. I felt so many things at the same time. Some feelings were deep joy, others anxiety, worry. I remember struggling, terribly at times, to live in the moment as positively as I could while trying to balance the reality that this could all end in the blink of an eye. Such a tryingly hard place to be.
My thoughts would flutter between wondering how our home study was progressing to praying for the baby, then counting stitches and rows. I’d daydream about the baby growing big enough to wear it, praying he’d know how much we loved him, no matter what the outcome would be. I’d wonder how my husband and daughter were doing, worry about how everything was unfolding and wondering if the mom would change her mind, praying, praying, praying…
So many thoughts.
So many prayers.
So many days ago, and yet, I remember it. It was such a surreal time. I think we tend to remember the very-out-of-the-ordinary times in our lives the best. Do you agree?
A lot of time has passed and I have decided to knit again. It’s such a great way to be productive, very therapeutic too. I’ve always had a few things going on different needles at a time so it was easy for me to find a forgotten project and jump back in. Last year I started a scarf for my husband, a simple herringbone stitch that looks nice and classic. Living in Minnesota, winters here can be pretty frigid so I knew it would need to be a hearty scarf. I decided to double strand the yarn and it has turned out to be a great decision. It’s working up nice, thick and dense.
A sneak peek at my progress:
I’m very excited to finish it and I’ll be offering the free pattern soon. Would that be something you’re interested in?
So tell me, do you knit? Crochet? Spin your own yarn? Have you ever wanted to learn?
(If you’re in Minnesota, I’m going to be starting a get-together after the holidays at my house for yarn lovers of all ages and skill levels. I’d love to see you here for a time of food, fun & fiber!)