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Road to Recovery
Created By: M'Annette Ruddell

One cold South Dakota winter, my two sisters and I got the chicken pox--at the same time! We were housebound for days, and our mother found enough needles and yarn to teach us to knit. I did some knitting through high school and then in college, made scarves (charging $1.00 a foot) for classmates to battle Michigan's weather.

In my twenties, I took up quilting and that became my main hobby and source of artistic expression for many years. Then came 2005 and in some unknown way, I contracted Accute Respitory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) which has dismal recovery statistsics. For nearly three weeks I was in a drug-induced coma as my vital organs struggled to survive. Lungs, kidneys, and heart all were affected and I nearly died.

Although the body was weakened, the spirit was strong and I survived. Another week in the hospital and then a sojourn at a rehabilitation facility and I finally was home. Visting nurses and physical therapists helped me gain strength.

While I had lots of time on my hands, I couldn't summon the energy to quilt or read. So I dug out my knitting needles and some dusty yarn and began knitting again. Numerous scarves later, I expanded my "talent" to hats. And then advanced to a simple child's sweater.

I've enjoyed using various Lion Brand yarns in my garments and LOVE the variety available these days. It's not my mother's yarn any more, thank goodness! Most of the things I've made have been dontated to Afghans 4 Afghans which was founded by a friend. I've also given hats and scarves to local shelters and donated some items to fundraising auctions and sales.

Knitting for me is an expression of heart and hope--something that provides great satisfaction for me and, I trust, a sense of human connection for those who wear what I make. I also knit in honor of my mother who shared her skill with me so many years ago. Her spirit smiles and sustains me.

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