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Knit Unto Others
Created By: S Susan

I'm a knitter.

Just like my grandmother.

I wish I'd learned from her when she tried to teach me. I remember giving up on the house shoes, the project she gave me at age 6, after missing the pearl-twos two lines in a row.

Lucky for me, a few years ago I was assigned to knit a scarf as part of my work for Terra Nova. It was a character exercise and also for prop making. My character, Kathleen, was to give her first knitting effort to her husband Robert F. Scott before his ill-fated trip south. The effect was that I was personally attached to the prop. When my character said she'd made it, the words rang true. The scarf was also pretty perfect for the show, with a dropped stitch here and there and irregular borders, stocking knit stitch. It was always bloody (fake blood from Evan's death scene) by the end, but endowed further by the wearing.

I loved knitting it.

After that I was a knitting fool. The following Christmas I knitted almost all my gifts, giving myself carpal tunnel in the process. I branched from scarves to hats and eventually tried and failed at socks. I knitted hats for friends' babies and a pair of mittens for my mother.

Now, none of this was top notch knitting. What I've learned since my first how-to book has been through trial and error. The only things I followed directions for were the socks which turned out perfect had their intended wearer had clubbed feet and no concern for fashion.

I've taught several other people the craft, just the basics mind you, and have given each of my pupils their first pair of needles from the stash I inherited from my grandmother.

Then, I started getting balls of yarn in my stocking from Santa. Balls of yarn for my birthday. They started piling up. And well, I stopped knitting. In November, I was halfway through my first project in a while, a hat to replace my first hat (You know, the red beany with ear extensions). I got busy, we were travelling. I fell out of the habit.

And then, we moved to a warm place. And Christmas had passed, and anyway I'd already played the self-knitted gifts card. I'd started reading in those previous knitting moments.

But a few days ago, I picked my needles back up. My friend Kelly Balch inspired me.

Finding herself ready needles and no one to knit for in Seattle, she started a group called Backstage Knitters ( She and her colleagues knit much needed items for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission which sends out rescue vans nightly to give warm items to those spending the night out of doors. It's cold in Seattle and this is a year round project.

I am now knitting to help people keep warm.

Last weekend, I sat on the beach and finished the hat that was to be mine - red and woolly and wonderfully toasty. This week I'll finish another on the train. When I get a box full, I'll send them off to Kelly's group. It feels really good.

You see, I'm a knitter. I just needed someone to knit for.

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