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8th grade knitting
Created By: Claudia Green

In Junior High school I was not readily recognized for my intelligence or my wit. As all children that age desire, I wanted to feel special for something that only I could do.

In home Ec that year we learned to knit basic k2 p2 slippers. I made my pair in no time flat as I had already been knitting for a couple of years. For the final sewing project we had several things to choose from. I wanted to make an A-line skirt. I found the most wonderful shade of Irish green. (can't you see it?) I made my A-line skirt over a weekend. My Mom had taught me to sew at the age of 7. She sewed most of my clothes for years.

I deceided that a sweater would be a great accent to my skirt. I found some fake angora in just the right green and a lovely cobalt blue. I knit a sweater with cables up each front, using a strand of each color held together. Then since I had yarn left I made a pair of knee socks that also featured a cable. I took the entire outfit in to be graded. The teacher was pretty much speechless. Then she raved and raved. Took my handiwork to show to other teachers.

So what I learned in that moment was that everybody has a skill that is magic to someone else. I took my ability to sew and knit for granted because the only comparison that I had was my Mom who obviously had many skills in this area. I didn't realize it was something I could be proud of. I didn't realize others would envy it. So now when I am feeling sad and a little sorry for myself I make a new outfit or knit a few dishrags or a baby sweater to donate to charity. Knitting and other crafts are a great source of strength to me. Each time I pick up the needles I am transported back to that 8th grade classroom and a teacher who couldn't get over my skill. And then I feel special.

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