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knitting can save you..change you
Created By: Peggy Lind

As a small child, I was taught to knit by an elderly neighborhood lady. What a gift she gave me. I hope she knows. Over the years I have knitted a few little projects. A couple of sweaters that seemed to take for ever. They seemed like such huge projects.

Eight months ago I promised a child that I would quit smoking. I was really a die hard and though it impossible for me. But I promised a child. I signed up for a local quit smoking program. I've seen many people gain large amounts of weight after they quit and didn't want this to happen to me, so I started knitting. I knit everywhere. I really do mean everywhere. I knitted beanie hats. Circular needles, I never had to look at what I was doing, just keep those fingers moving. I knitted beanies for every child in the family, around 25 I think. I didn't gain a pound. Everytime I started to feel antsy I picked up my needles.

I've moved on to felted hats. All pride aside (I have earned this after all) they are magnificent.

I was in a bad car accident 3 months ago and couldn't work. They did surgery on my left shoulder, but I could still knit. All those long days of sitting would have driven me to smoking..but I could still knit. I now have about 30 beautiful felted hats. I designed my own patterns. A friend gave me a card to help me get through this time, that says "bloom where you are planted". Well it looks like I have been planted in a huge bundle of hats and yarn.

I spoke at the latest smoking class a week ago. My story inspired people and gave them hope. I have a list growing longer all the time of people who want to learn how to knit.

I happen to be an Artist, Web Designer and Marketing Manager. I've found dozens of people who need an outlet for the beautiful items they have created. I'm making a web site so they can make some money with their creations. I'm going to sell my hats on the site. My husband is a videographer and is helping me make a knitting video for beginners.

You could say that knitting has saved me and possibly changed the direction of my life. If I can make enough, I may quit my job and devote all my time to this.

See what can happen when you make a promise to a child?

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