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A new start
Created By: H Hannah

My name is Hannah and I'm 64 yrs young at heart. Born and raised in Berlin/Germany I immigrated 20 years ago with my younger daughter to Canada following an almost life long dream. After a divorce I bought with the help of the owner an abandoned farm - the place became my little paradise on earth. Soon the city girl learned the reality is quite different from the dreams - but I was happy. Things started to change when the old water system made problems. Then my mother, who lived in Germany, died from cancer. Almost a year later I received a letter that my son who also lived in Germany had a car accident. With the help from my friends I was able to go Berlin and to be with him. He was paralized and four months in a coma before he died. When I was back in Canada the water system broke totally and I had to move to the next village. From the open space with sunshine and fresh air I moved to an apartment in a basement with only two small windows so high I couldn't see out. I couldn't afford something else because I was still paying the mortgage. I had to give up my small business selling German style homemade bread and cake because of having no water. I was very unhappy. When I found a new apartment with large windows I felt better and hoped to move back the following spring. In the middle of January the police came to tell me that my house has burned down. I lost almost everything - but I still owned the land and in a few months it would be payed. I was a few months back with the payment but the former owner seem to understand. However, now he saw a good chance to make some money. He took the property back and sold it with a nice profit.

At that time I lost many friends and was most of the time alone. My daughter lives in the south and I'm in the north. I refused to take drugs for a depression because I needed someone who would talk to me and no drugs.

But life goes on and one day while I was looking for something I suddenly saw a pair of my knitting needles. I had nothing to do and thought it would be a good idea to knit something. The town where I live is very small and I could buy only basic arylics - very basic and only a few colors I didn't really like. Then I thought about my mother and grandmother and how they recycled yarn. And I told myself "They could do and you can do too." The next day I went to the thrift store and bought a few sweaters to unravel. The first results weren't really successful but I wanted to learn. And with time I got experience and learned what to look for when buying a sweater to recycle.

At first I knit shawls for homeless people or other people in need. Then I made sweaters for children and later sweaters for adults too. And like most knitters I have now a nice stash - sweaters waiting to be recycled and balls of yarn ready for knitting. Most of the time I made the design for the sweaters.

The knitting helped me to overcome the depression without drugs or therapy. I have learned to love and enjoy my life again. I still have plans and dreams. And soon one of my dreams will come true. I start a tiny business selling my knitwear designs. Most of the designs are made with recycled yarn but I don't see that as a big problem because the knitter will buy and choose a different yarn s/he wants to use anyway. And who knows - if things go well I will be able to buy at least once in a while some of the beautiful yarns available. *smile*.

My life has changed to the better and I'm happy again. Knitting was my therapie to make the change possible. I plan to move this fall or winter to the south so I can live closer to my daughter. After I have moved I want to go to a shelter home and teach women how to knit. May be the knitting therapy will help them too.


 
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