|If you can't knit you are missing a whole
world you have never experienced. It is like a beautiful art without an
end. You will never learn it all, depending on your own intelligence and
your wish to meet the challenge of a new, newer, newest project from
simply scrubber cotton wash clothes to the most elegant piece. You can
use colored bobbins to work a museum piece of artwork for a wall hanging
or a sweater, or you can do a mindless garter stitch allowing you to
watch television without the guilt of feeling you are "doing
With that thought, I use up my space of
time, which had sometimes created a feeling I am wasting time, at the
doctor's office, while traveling in the car, as mentioned, watching
television, when attending the great numbers of family gatherings we
have, or any other opportune time.
To make a sweater for a child can be a
simple project taking a minimum of time. An intricate garment for
yourself will require more thought and concentration. Like artwork of
any kind, when you concentrate on creating you simply cannot think
negative, depressing thoughts, and this is the wonder of it.
Knit a coat, knit some socks, knit some
mittens for a child (easy), and by the way this is what started me to
want to knit. I remembered my Grandma Bell always saw to it our hands
were covered. This was a loving gesture giving an edge against the cold
of the prairie where we lived. Children have the basic ability they
haven't lost yet to put two and two together quickly. I am loved,
someone wants me to be warm.
For a long time I knitted baby caps on a
circular needle and would take them to the new babies at the maternity
ward. Now, the hospital automatically puts the caps on the baby as they
leave for their first trip out into that big cold world.
There is a story my instructor told me I
always want to remember. She said there was an older woman who lived in
New York city on the third floor of a building. She kept busy knitting
mittens and as the mittenless children walked past below she would toss
the mittens to them from her window. My instructor knew how to motivate
us, because practically anyone can knit mittens, it takes just such a
small amount of yarn, not very much time, but what a special moment in
the life of a child. Someone cares that I am warm, and not abused by the
To get into the art aspect of knitting
all one has to do is step into the part of the department store where
the yarn is displayed. If you are hungry for color certainly that
appetite will be met. From fuchsia to fawn, raspberry to azure blue, all
the colors are a wealth to bring their riches to our house. Row after
row they set waiting to top the head of some child with a bright hot
pink or azure blue crown, or maybe to wrap the legs of some loved elder
in bright variegated hues, and all with such a small investment of time
Possibly, something should be said here,
especially in these days and times, for the emotional stability this
very old art can give us (it has been told Christ had a garment without
seams). If I were a scientist and could go into elaborate explanations
of tactile sensory stimulus, or something or other, I would, but; alas!
a scientist I am not. I just know the yarn feels good to the touch, soft
and yielding, ready to be manipulated, and as so many things in our life
are not so easily worked or controlled maybe this is the usefulness to
our psychological well being.
This would not be complete without the
telling of a fun story about the masculine leader of one of our armed
services, the navy. He in all his handsome, manliness was a master at
knitting. "His deep rumbling voice," our instructor said,
"would give me such a humourous moment, as he called long distance
from England or somewhere he was stationed asking some advice or sharing
some bit of new knowledge on one of his current projects."
Leg warmers: These are the
leg warmers dancers used to keep their muscles from freezing up and
cramping while doing strenuous routines. They are very nice for anyone
who is in a wheel chair and gets cold in the winter. They are nice for
Grandma too, who enjoys them, as often Gramma's today are busy people,
in and out into the cold weather.
On a size nine needle cast on forty stitches. You can test this for the
proper size, bigger, simply cast on more stitches, or visa versa. You
will knit two, pearl two until you have a piece of fabric 20 inches
long. Cast off. Take a large sewing needle and with the same yarn sew
the piece together in a tube, by sewing the knots together. One leg
warmer done, now get to the next one.
If you are fortunate enough to have a small circular needle this last
step will be unnecessary since when you finish on those it is a tube.