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Although I was taught to knit at my grandmother’s...
Created By: Sue Conner

Although I was taught to knit at my grandmother’s knee at age 5, and consider myself an advanced knitter, I never thought beyond the “craft” aspect of knitting.



Three years ago my sister was diagnosed with leukemia. At 54, she was my younger sister, and she fought valiantly.



I began to knit.



During the two years of her struggle, I would visit her at the hospital in another state. Those days in the hospital can be very long. She could knit, but never took to it as I had. To pass the time, I brought my knitting, and soon she was also reacquainting herself with it. We knit caps for her, for other patients, even the staff asked for hats.



I learned that cancer patients need many hats, lots of colors, lots of weights of yarn. At one point I recall asking my sister when she would have enough hats and she explained that “cancer baldys” need hats for inside, outside, and sleeping, as well as variety and colors.



So I kept knitting.……



Time passed, remission came and went, and we lost my sister a year ago.



I kept knitting.



I taught a group of co-workers to knit. We met at lunch two days a week. I supplied instruction, yarn and needles, and their only obligation was to knit chemo hats. We called ourselves the “Knit-Wits”. We wrap each hat in colorful tissue paper with the hat poking out the top so people can see the color and texture when they select a hat. A hang tag expresses our hopes and good wishes to each recipient. To date over 300 hats have been given to the oncology treatment center near my home. They sit in a wicker basket, a colorful bouquet of tissue, ribbon, and hope for people who often don’t seem to have much.



I kept knitting.



What I have learned through this experience is that knitting for me is like praying, yoga, or meditation is to other people. I process the day, reflect and review, and center myself. Knitting celebrates the happy joyful times, the kids, grandkids, etc. But Knitting also holds me up, gets me through the hard times, and brings acceptance...of everything. It is a place in my life that is all mine, it is selfish, and indulgent. And it brings me peace. And so …



I keep knitting.



Sue Conner

New Hampshire



 
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