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The Circle of Knitting
Created By: Karla Umland

Knitting has brought me full circle. When my mother was younger, she knit whole outfits. We still have them: A matching sweater, skirt and socks, tailored dresses, sweater vests with matching headbands, an elegant dog coat. I, on the other hand, was useless with a pair of knitting needles no matter how many times she tried to show me.

I know another prodigal knitter. Her mother is such a savvy knitter that she was making fuzzy scarves before it was cool. My friend, a smart mom named Kim, doesn’t knit a stitch and neither do any of her four sisters! Shocking, I know.

But I could not stand it anymore. So many people I knew were making cute scarves that I had to try again. I zeroed in on Friday nights. That is when we bring our kids to church for a kids’ Bible club. My friend Janet said she would be happy to teach me to knit a cute fuzzy scarf. On Friday nights she was busy organizing about 50 million six- and seven-year-olds. But I noticed that the ladies who take attendance spent time knitting while the children were otherwise engaged. Aha!

Linda was thrilled to help me. She said she loves to pass on arts, like knitting, to younger women. I had chosen crazy Funfetti yarn and huge needles. I figured the furry yarn would make the mistakes harder to notice. I didn’t realize all those frills would make mistakes easier to make! Linda patiently showed me how to cast on. I watched her knit a few stitches. Then she handed me the needles to try. The motion came right back to me.

I don’t remember my mother making any specific project. I don’t remember the color of any yarn she used. But somehow I remember the rhythm. I can see her throwing the yarn over the needle. When I am knitting, my hands know just what to do. Linda couldn’t believe it. “You are a natural!” she said. Not really. I think it was osmosis. Besides, casting on, purling and binding off are another story! Until recently, I had to hand my needles and dangling project to Janet at the end and say, “Now what?”

I also remember the knitting bag. It was a roomy carpet bag with all different size and color needles sticking out if it. My mother was still knitting when I was a baby. I know she knit my beautiful Christmas stocking, and a three-piece snowsuit. Macular degeneration took over as I was growing up. I remember my mother saying she was dropping stitches (whatever that meant!) so knitting was getting frustrating. Then she stopped.

That first wild scarf (black eyelash yarn with brightly colored ribbon confetti) I gave to my mother-in-law. She is also an amazing knitter. We prize the Irish knit sweaters that she has made for our family. She was touched that I gave her my first-ever knitting project.

I wanted to get a little more experience under my belt before I presented anything to my own mother. I wanted it to actually be useful for her, not just cute because I made it—like when we gave our moms bouquets of dandelions! So I gave her my second scarf. Unfortunately, it featured several different widths. Fortunately, the yarn was soft Homespun. It warm, pretty and matched her coat!

Most recently, I took a huge risk and decided to knit a baby blanket. My local liquidation store had puffy Lion Brand Homespun yarn in light pink and light yellow on sale. I had to buy it, now that I knit and all.

I found a beginner’s baby blanket pattern and began to navigate the instructions. “Yarn over” really stumped me. I called on my smart knitting friends for aid. One told me that “yarn over” is when someone is telling a story and comes to the end. The yarn is over. Very funny.

My friend Alisa came to the rescue. She called me right away and talked me through it. She did not know exactly what YO meant, but she knew how to find out. Somehow, I got it! Knitting remains a mystery to me. But it is satisfying to know that the lessons my mother gave me so many years ago have come to fruition.

This blanket is not the cheapest gift going, but it is made with love, and that is worth something. Also, I found a simple hat pattern that I can make with the leftover yarn. Hand knit blanket and hat sets probably sell for a lot more than $10.00 at craft fairs. Especially in New England.

Besides providing a personal gift, knitting has many other benefits. You can pray for the recipient of your project. As you are sitting there with the yarn all over your lap, you can talk to God about the person for whom you are knitting. Ask him to give strength to the new parent, or to ease the pain of the ill person. A whole ministry, called Shawl Ministries, has been built around this idea.

Another good reason to knit is that idle hands are the devil’s chocolate work shop. While my children are doing schoolwork at the table, I can be available without hovering over them. I can sit and knit. I am there to answer questions, but I can keep my hands busy (and hopefully out of the cookie jar).

Apparently knitting in church could become a raging controversy. Some feel that it is distracting to those around us. I, however, think that it is a wonderful thing to do. Of course, we should not wave our project around, or let our needles clatter all over the place (like I did yesterday – oops!). Knitting in church helps me focus and listen. Besides, God is a knitter: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Knitting is a great way to pass the time on long car rides. I often get bored while my husband is driving. I tried using the time to do my nails, but he nearly passed out from the fumes. Reading makes me nauseated. Knitting is perfect, because I can get something done and still enjoy conversation with my honey.

My friend Heidi gets paid to crochet! She has a couple of customers who order blankets and wraps and she custom crochets them. She can work on these orders almost anywhere and get paid for it. Very thrifty.

Knitting keeps me from getting fidgety and bored. Not only is it interesting, but it is also constructive. I am making something useful: A hat, a blanket. It also provides a way for me to bless other people. I usually give my creations away.

The next turn of the circle is for me to teach my daughter to knit. I bought a skein of BIG and size 15 needles. I wonder how many years it will take her to “get it!”

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