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Life Altering Craft
Created By: Donna Turcotte

At a very early age, I like most young girls of my generation, was taught how to knit, crochet and embroider. At the time it was not what I wanted to do and it was a real chore to sit and work on the project that had been set out for me. My mother tended to be a perfectionist also and many a time I would have to tear out my work and do it again. To me this was like punishment, but many years later I was very thankful that I had learned this skill.

When I was just 40 I had a stroke. I was lucky and survived this traumatic experience but I was left with reduced mobility on my right side. I spent one month in the hospital and when released faced many more months of out patient therapy. I was given exercises to do at home, including the squeezing of a rubber ball to get my fingers so they would go together and grip.

One day as I was sitting doing this menial task I thought of my knitting needles pack away in the back of the closet. I had used them to make baby clothes for our son, but that was all in the many years since I had first struggled to learn the skill. I sent my husband out to buy me some wool and proceeded to try to knit. Of course, being an optimist, I was going to make myself a sweater. The first few rows were so difficult as I could not close my fingers on the needle and many a time there were tears of frustration. I stuck to it and as the days became weeks it suddenly became easier and they remarked at the hospital how well I was coming along. I finally told them what I was doing and they were impressed and said that they would remember what I had done as maybe it would work for others. That sweater took me a year to complete and 20 years later I still have it, a little worse for wear, but it means so much to me that I will never throw it in the rag bag. Doing my therapy also opened up a renewed interest in knitting and crocheting and I am now making outfits for our granddaughter I did not have a daughter to teach these skills to, but I do fully intend to teach my granddaughter when the time comes. I hope that I can maybe make it a little more interesting for her than it was for me so that it will not be such a chore but something that she looks forward doing with grandma. With all the new and exciting yarns on the market this task is much easier than it used to be. Even a simple scarf can be elegant.

I will never forget how important being able to knit was to my therapy. Although I use a wheelchair I have almost full mobility in my arm and hand, all because my mother persevered when I did not want to sit and learn how to knit. One of the many things that I have to be thankful to my mom for.


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