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The Power of the Yarn
Created By: C Wallis Davenport

The Power of the Yarn

Knitting has had a manifold effect on my life. I’d have to say, that, overall, though, I’d have to categorize it as “The Power of the Yarn”. I learned how to knit as a sixteen year old exchange student living in Denmark. I used knitting as a way to relate to my peers and learn a new language. I knit the words of the Danish language with their English meaning into the socks, and sweaters I knitted that year, and now, 24 years later, I still speak Danish fluently.

Each time I knit, I use The Power of the Yarn in a similar way. A short time ago, it befell in the following way. I had a stay in the hospital after experiencing chest pain. Mind you, I’m only 40 years old, with no history of heart trouble. But when my left arm and jaw hurt for two hours, then I had that strange pressure in the chest…I high-tailed it to the ER…well, not before I did two things: I packed the medications I take regularly, and I packed my knitting.

The first, my medications, was practical. After all, the ER staff might ask me what meds I take regularly, and rather than try to remember the names and doses, I could just pull them out. Not to mention that if I were to be admitted, I’d need them. But as for the knitting, well, maybe you have to be a knitter to understand why I spent nearly ten minutes tearing through my Living Room to find that ball of peacock blue yarn before leaving for the ER. You see, my father was a radiologist before he retired. I know from his stories about how long you can wait before being seen during your stay. I wanted to have something to do. More than that, though, I believed in the Power of the Yarn.

After admission, sure enough, I had plenty of time to cast on my new cowl-neck sweater from the Premier Issue of knit.1 magazine, which I’m doing in a double yarn of peacock blue wool ease and shades-of-brown homespun boucle. Not only did the knitting help pass the time between tests, but I believe it also released those good hormones that promote healing. My blood pressure stayed low throughout the otherwise anxiety-provoking situation, and I was able to relax. Row after row of k3 p3 ribbing passed. I stitched four inches of ribbing and began the body of the sweater, which I was knitting in the round. Nurses came and went. A doctor came to see me and told me that my tests were normal, but I would be admitted overnight. That was fine with me. I felt confident and peaceful. My knitting was by my side.

Over the next twenty-four hours, I had more tests. In between, I knitted and pondered the power of knitting. I remembered falling in love with my husband, Joe, and how I wove a web of love over him by knitting socks for him. With each loop and strand, I knit my magic of love into the socks, and when he wore them, he was mine forever. In the same way, when I was pregnant with my daughter, Liv, I knit for her, and with each stitch, projected a healthy pregnancy and child through the yarn. Now, during this time, I was using the power of the yarn, (okay, you could say the power of positive thinking if you want, but I know better), to WILL the results to be good.

The following day, I was released with the news that all the tests had shown that my heart was completely healthy with no evidence of atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up. I had a clean bill of health and the most likely reason for the original pain was indigestion and muscle pain. My half-way finished cowl-neck sweater remains my testament to my fortitude and my conviction to begin life anew. Beginning a new project in the hospital made me decide to begin a new stage of my life with healthier eating and exercise habits. Knitting is that way with you – it can reach out all the aspects of your life. The Power of the Yarn…it interweaves and interconnects.

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