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Created By: SEEMA GERSTEN

It started out as a simple way to pass time as my youngest child was recovering from surgery in the hospital. I figured it would be a good way to keep my hands occupied and my mind focused on something other than IV drips and antibiotics. I quickly realized you can't snack and knit at the same time. What a concept! I had visions of me eating snickers bars and potato chips as my son was going through surgery. Instead my friend Rysia from Belgium taught me the basic garter stitch on size 10 needles and some cheap acrylic yarn. My first scarf dragged on the floor and looked like it had survived a moth infestation. There were that many holes. My neighbor's teenage daughter loved this holey scarf and insisted on wearing it to school. She claimed it looked vintage.
I continued to make scarves as my son went in and out of the hospital. I must have knit over 50 scarves. I gave some to my mother in law, my sisters, my mom and any other poor innocent bystander who looked like they might need a scarf. I live in Southern California, so needless to say I still have a big plastic tub filled with assorted scarves. My knitting helped me through those long hours of waiting and watching. It was a lot better than snacking my way through his recovery. Today he is - Thank God - healthy but I continue to knit.
I started visiting my local yarn store to invest in some pricier yarn. I have long since abandoned acrylic for luscious alpaca blends. My fingers love the feel of the luxury yarn. The owner of the store insisted it was time for me to move on from scarves to shrugs. I could feel a panic attack coming on... My heart was racing, my hands were clammy, my voice quivered as I asked her If she had any suggestions. Before I knew it I knit my very first shrug! I never actually wore it because I am not a "shrug" kind of girl but it is a beautiful shrug.
Since that moment my knitting needles have a mind of their own. First of all I began a collection of assorted needles. Circular needles, straight needles, double pointed needles...I was on a roll! I signed up for a class and my teacher, Anne, whom I renamed The Knitting Guru, has lovingly guided me through sweaters, cardigans, hats, purses and more! I now have a regular knitting night! I meet several other women at the knitting store and we solve world problems as we knit. If only we could get some politicians to listen to our words of wisdom we could have solved world hunger and generated world peace months ago!
Our knitting group is eclectic. We have a doctor, a lawyer, a jewelry designer, a talent manager and a kindergarten teacher (that's me). We share our trials and tribulations. When Sylvia lost her dad, our little knitting group had trees planted in the Jerusalem Forest in his memory. When Jody was out of town we called her regularly to say just to say hi and remind her that she was missed. We are a tight knit (pun intended) group. My knitting friends have assured me that my teenage and pre-teenage kids are perfectly normal and healthy. This was really a relief to me. I was beginning to doubt my parenting skills.
I am so grateful for the simple joy and satisfaction knitting has brought into my life. I always assumed the only thing two wooden sticks were used for was eating Chinese food... Now I know two wooden sticks can be used to create a multitude of things. All I need is a little time, patience and some good friends.


 
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