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Who Knew....
Created By: Ruth Sias

I learned to knit 22 years ago while I was living in Vienna, Austria as a college student. At that time, all the European women I knew were knitting fiends and the American/Canadian women I knew were clueless. And we were fascinated. Surprisingly enough, it was the Japanese woman who lived across the dorm hall from me who actually taught me. I went CRAZY. I loved it right away. I don't think I've ever stopped.

Knitting changed my life because it gave me something I truly excelled at. I'm not the great singer my brother and sister are. But give me two sticks and some string and I can do wonderous things. Sometimes I even surprise myself!

In my late 30's I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I was in the middle of a nasty divorce, a move and all the upheaval that goes along with major life changes. Through that time, my knitting kept me together. I was knitting prayer shawls for my church ministry then. Concentrating on other people while doing this simple, repetative action kept me from losing what little of my mind was left. I do have to say that leaving behind all those handknit sweaters I made over the course of 10 years for my ex-husband when I moved out was one of the hardest things I ever did. Maybe I should have taken them... who knows.

Now, 5 years later, I'm happily remarried and still knitting up a storm for my 15 month old daughter and my husband. I recently finished the Jiffy hooded toddler sweater for my daughter and it's too cute for words. My daughter will carry around some bamboo circular needles and bang the tips together, almost like she's knitting herself. Yesterday during a long car trip, I gave her a skein of yarn to play with (to keep her very busy hands out of MY knitting) and she smiled a huge grin and gave the yarn a biiiig hug.

I love sharing my projects with others. I've knit for everyone in my family at one time or another, many friends and for charity. I've also taught my 2 teenage nieces to knit. They love it, too! It keeps us connected as they grow and move into adulthood. I don't get their videogames, their music or the movies they like. But we can bond over yarn. Hopefully it will be a similar experience with my own daughter.

When I picked up those two sticks and that string all those years ago and so far away from home, who knew what it would become.

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