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Knitting Changes Everything
Created By: Tama Vaughn

Fifteen years ago I was young and naive, and without knowing the consequences, married a man who was an alcoholic. I consider myself to be an analyst of life and people and so began to analyze my new husband and "what was up" with him. Why would someone so young be so buried in alcohol? As the first few years passed, I saw that he was troubled, sad, depressed, introverted, angry, and very hard on himself. I watched as he battled with himself daily. I felt so sorry for him as I watched him struggle to free himself from the grips of alcohol. I had many friends and family who offered all kinds of advice ranging from, "Just leave him" to "You should go to Al-Anon meetings". Even his own family thought I should just give up and leave him because he was a lost cause.

I learned to knit and crochet when I was about five years old and had made many things over the years. I had always wanted to learn to make socks, but my grandma, who had taught me to knit and crochet, said that they were too hard and she had never been able to get them to turn out right.

So, I didn't bother pursuing them until one day, after being married only about 9 months, I came across a sock book in a yarn store in the city we had just moved to. The patterns were so beautiful and exciting, some very difficult and some very easy. I couldn't resist! I bought the book, needles and yarn for the easiest pattern in the book and rushed home to make them. I knew immediately who they would be for--my husband. Somehow I knew that the love, concern, and care I felt for him would be in every stitch of the socks. It only took a few days to finish them and he was so amazed that I can still picture the look on his face. They were bulky and thick so he would wear them around the house like slippers. I had so much fun that I made four more pairs of the same pattern then began to branch out to some of the other patterns in the book. I made every pair of socks in the book at least once. I also found more sock books and began a sock knitting frenzy. I made over 100 pairs of socks in about four years.

It was interesting to see how each time I gave my husband a new pair of socks, a scarf, a pair of fingerless gloves, a sweater, etc. that he changed. It is hard to explain in words, but he began to be less at odds with himself. He smiled more, he was angry less--he softened. He also began to accept the fact that he was worthy of being loved and cared about. Somehow knitting helped me to stay disconnected from his problems so that I didn't become an enabler or get caught up in the roller coaster that alcoholic lives create, without disconnecting me from him. It provided me with a tangible way to say, "I love you" that he could understand and that made all the difference.

Today he has been sober for nine years. He wears the best of my knitted works, and will ONLY wear my hand-knit socks. He considers me to be the most amazing, talented, loving woman on earth. He says that I am his "knight in shining armor" because I "saved" him from the "dragons" that had attempted to destroy him for so many years.

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