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Why I Knit
Created By: Lynne Cohen

My mother knit. She was only happy working complicated patterns: Fair Isle, fisherman knits. The more difficult the pattern, the happier she was to make it up. Every year, for my December birthday, she would ask me to pick out something and she would knit it for me. My all-time favorite sweater was a simple grey wool v-neck pull over, with bright red stripes at the neck and wrists. I wore it all through college, when I lived in New York, and when I moved to New Mexico. It had stains from dark room chemicals, and holes from too much love. I begged my mother to make it for me again, exactly the same. She made it in acrylic, and although I loved it too, it wasn't exactly right.

But then, my mother developed Alzheimer's disease, and it robbed her of her skills. There would be no more sweaters for me. She had to have surgery and I went to keep my father company at the hospital. On the spur of the moment, I went to the yarn store where Mummy had always bought her supplies.

I bought a pattern, a pair of needles, and enough yarn to make a sweater. I sat with my dad at her bedside and slowly, stitch by stitch, remembered the lessons she gave me as a child.

She might not be able to knit for me any more, but because of her, I can knit for myself. Every stitch I make is a tribute to my mother, Florence Auerbach.

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