Self Portrait Tuesday: Identity Theme.
My grandmothers--one a professional seamstress, and the other a prolific knitter--each tried to teach me to knit several times when I was a child. I didn't get it. I got so confused and frustrated and it never made sense to me. I tried again as a teenager, and then again in college. When I was pregnant with Calvin, I tried one more time (I *really* wanted to be a knitter!). By that time, I had learned enough about my own learning style to know that someone "showing" me how to knit would never work. So instead, I read about it. It was actually a Martha Stewart baby magazine I found that showed the basics of knitting-- with few pictures and lots of text. It was just what I needed...it finally "clicked' for me and I was instantly hooked. I know so many people who have started knitting while pregnant--not sure what that's about, but it's pretty wild. Perhaps it's all the fun knitting to be done for baby--baby hats, baby booties, baby blankets...who can resist? Once I started, I couldn't stop....I would knit while nursing a baby, while reading, and yes, even at stop lights. My knitting production has slowed down tremendously since I began sewing again a few years ago (and perhaps since my life got a bit busier with three children, too), but still...there's nothing for me that beats knitting by a woodstove in the depths of a Maine winter. Heavenly. I love how knitting can simultaneously be an "escape" when that's needed, while at the same time, it can bring me more fully into the present moment with it's meditative nature. And the way it connects me to generations of women before me is so powerful. And handknit treats? There's nothing better....
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