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The contentment of knitting
Created By: Lisa DiIsso

I fondly remember learning to crochet and knit from my kind-hearted grandmother, who loved being with her grandchildren. Being one of three girls in my family of five children, I was the only one who took an interest in it. My grandmother did exceptional needlework--crocheting, knitting and sewing garments. Those are my greatest memories of her. She was so patient--it was very difficult for her to teach me because she was left handed and I was right. So she had to think backwards to show me! I remember being about eight and having her teach me the basic chain stitch. Well, that summer I crocheted a chain that went around the entire outside of my house two times!!! My sisters helped me measure it! It brought such peace to me when I was crocheting. I soon moved on to knitting--my most prized possession is the collection of my grandmother's knitting needles all wrapped up in a silk needleholder my grandfather had given her that my mother recently game me, almost twenty years after my grandmother Delia's death! I knit into my early twenties but wandered from it during marriage and my early years raising my own three children. I went on to other hobbies like cross stitching, quiltmaking and rughooking. Then a friend introduced me to the new Lion Brand Fun Fur yarns, and I began anew with scarves and soon moved on from there to felted purses and a few sweaters. I now knit socks and washcloths galore for gifts for friends! It was at the time I rediscovered knitting that my father became very ill, and I suggested to my mother that she take up knitting again, which she was constantly doing during my childhood, to find peace while sitting with him in the hospital for months. She, too, began with fun fur and other novelty yarn scarves. She moved onto felted purses, sweaters and socks, also. I think my father found peace in her sitting quietly knitting while he lay there in that hospital bed. I still remember the day we were all around his bedside, waiting for him to pass. After a full day of waiting for his passing, my mother and I pulled out our knitting projects and somehow found solace in doing this familiar activity during such a terrible time in our lives! Now, every week when my mother comes over my house for Friday night supper, she brings her knitting and we do our projects together. She even laughs when we take my children to the movie theater and I have to sit under a dim light in order to knit through the movie! I am so happy to have rediscovered knitting in my life. It brings me such peace and calm in such a busy world! It's also a bond that my mother and I share together! My daughter and one of my sons have even learned to knit!

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