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A special blessing at a difficult time
Created By: River Wenger

Suddenly jobless,and recently an empty nester,I found myself adrift and anxious. I had been a widow for 14 years, and was used to carrying the full load of raising children, and working, working working. A phone call to my mother added to the stress of loss of income, as she was very ill, and lived so far away. Aside from my children, she is my only living relative. During our conversation, she mentioned that she was no longer able to knit. This was unimaginable as she had ALWAYS had knitting needles in hand. She could knit anything with her eyes closed: arans, lacy baby things, toys, sculpture! I felt so sad thinking that she could no longer do the one thing she loved above all. Never interested in knitting, and having struggled to learn at her knee as a child,I had written the craft off as something I would never do. That night I decided that if she could not knit, then I would knit for her-to honor her giftedness, and to keep that part of her alive.

I ran to a local grocery store, picked up a pair of needles and some closeout yarn, and began. Wonderfully, I found myself able to do this! I was calmed, and my mind was eased. It took me an hour, at least, to learn to cast on,but I persevered. Within a week, I had made scarves for each of my children, and several for friends. Christmas was around the corner, and I had solved the no income/ gift giving problem! I found a very special stash of yarn in the bargain bin- enough for a very special gift-a scarf for my Mum. She opened it over the phone, and I will never forget her happiness at her gift. We were both in tears!

Knitting empowered and comforted me at a difficult time, and brought happiness to one who had given me so much. I am so thankful! Now I have taught my daughter & my son(!) to knit, and we share patterns, yarn and needles,and each other's accomplishments. My Mum is having a ball passing along patterns & yarn from her stash, and dispensing knitting advice to all of us. She is getting a lot of phone calls from us, and we share lots of laughs over our knitting disasters. What a blessing for our little family! I am very, very grateful.

most sincerely,

River Wenger

P.S. I now work at a fabric and craft store!

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