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Knitting: Strong Medicine
Created By: Vicki Botta

As the oldest of four girls, I was mom's little helper. At seven years old I remember drying dishes, folding diapers, taking laundry off the line and helping with the baby. I changed my youngest sister's diapers, helped feed her and helped her take her first steps.
On one occasion, Mom had sliced potatoes to go with dinner and had oil heating up in the frying pan. She told me that when the oil was hot I could put the potatoes in the pan, but warned me to be very careful. Not sure what being very careful actually meant, I tipped the heavy dish, sliding the clump of thinly sliced potatoes into the hot, sizzling oil. I remember feeling the sudden angry spatter sting my face.
Shocked at what had happened, I cried hysterically, feeling my tears run down my oil scorched cheeks. Mom felt very bad and brought me into the living room to hold me and console me after cleaning me up. I remember that she asked me if it still hurt and told me to just rest. Then she brought me some yarn and knitting needles and asked me if I'd like to learn how to knit.
For a moment I was stunned, like "huh?", but it was just the thing I needed to take my mind off of what had just happened to me. She carefully showed me how to cast on the stitches and patiently taught me how to do the knit stitch first. When she got it started for me and had me do a few stitches myself, she told me to continue the row while she went back into the kitchen to finish dinner.
I was so meserized by trying to knit that row and encouraged by her praise when I had finished it, that I completely forgot about what had happened in the kitchen. I kept knitting to the end, watching the yarn between the needles grow longer and longer. I had my share of learning experiences, but she rewarded my efforts by teaching me to purl soon after.
I've been knitting ever since. Not just to heal, but because it continues to be a comforting activity. I will always be thankful to my mother for teaching me such a soothing hobby that has brought me such peace and contentment and many feelings of accomplishment. I have made such beautiful things for those I love and have taught my niece how to knit so that she can pass it on to her daughter some day. I taught my son too, though he didn't last long at it.
When my husband was in the Navy after high school, he got someone to teach him how to knit and surprised me with a scarf he knit himself in thanks for all that I had knitted for him. It has been a gift that keeps on giving and continues to be the best cure for taking my mind off of stressful situations while giving me something to show for my time. To this day I do not fry potatoes, but I will probably knit for as long as I am able to.
Thank you Mom!


 
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