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Knitting Helped Me Heal
Created By: Nancy Thomas

I remember seeing my first knitter when I was standing in the cafeteria line at college. As the line snaked around the dining hall, I saw a girl standing there knitting away on a beautiful sweater. No one in my family was a knitter and I walked over and asked her a few questions. She told me that she was reknitting an old sweater because she did not have money for new yarn. I was amazed at the fact she was knitting and that old yarn could be salvaged. This was the early 60's and the word recycled had not become part of our vocabulary. This delightful young lady told me where to go for a book that would teach me the basics and she also told me what dorm she lived in and I could pop in any time if I ran into a problem. My first project was a scarf that I gave my fiance for Christmas.

I knitted may things over the years and did not understand how important this was to me until I suffered an aneurysms in 1995 (I was only 50 years old). I spent many weeks in ICU at the hospital; had brain surgery; and had to maintain a very quiet, calm life for many months as I healed from this horrible ordeal. My doctor told me it would take the brain 4 to 5 years to heal completely from this trauma. I have been so blessed to have survived this ordeal.

My love of knitting suffered because I could not hold the words of patterns in my head for very long or follow the row instructions, line by line. Concentration was a terrible problem. Since I was home alone during the day, I would sit and read instructions out loud over and over and practice stitches. For eighteen months I worked diligently at this exercise for my brain and I was thrilled when suddenly (it seemed like suddenly), things began to make sense to me again and I started knitting and completed a sweater for my sister-in-law in another state. She was so surprised to receive it and I told her that it was my therapy sweater and that every stitch was a gift.

I am fine today and going about my life. I am grateful that I am here to care for my dear mother and family. I continue to knit and give everything away. It is still the best therapy in the world and there is always something new to learn. I am currently knitting a scarf with the new Ruffles yarn. What a lovely scarf and someone in my dear family will receive this as a Christmas gift.

Best regards,

Nancy Thomas

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