Friday, September 4, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day Thirteen - Knitting

Before Uncle Joe swept into her life to rescue her from spinsterhood, my Aunt Fannie lived with us. It is always a great blessing for a little girl to have the undivided attention of a doting aunt. In her eyes, I could do no wrong.

Aunt Fannie was a master knitter. She turned out sweaters with stitches that were absolute perfection. I watched in fascination as her skillful fingers plied the needles and the yarn. When I was four years old, she began to teach me to knit. Mom preserved my efforts on film, as I sat in the little white chair that was once hers (which I have sitting in the guest bathroom now) beside the wringer washing machine, trying to master that art.

The little piece I produced looked a bit more like swiss cheese than a baby blanket, but it was the beginning of a life-long love affair with needles and yarn. There is something about the needles slipping in and out of the yarn that brings me great peace and comfort. I enjoy the finished product, giving gifts that I've made with my own hands, but it is the process that I really love. Whenever I set my knitting aside to work on something else, I find that before long I feel a pull back to it.

It brings me joy.



Maria said...

Oh Linda, this is a great post (as always :)
Your aunt gave you a gift that has lasted a lifetime.
The picture of you knitting as a little girl is precious.
Linda, your recent posts are a beautiful retelling of such important aspects of your life. They are truly deserving of preserving!
Have a beautiful weekend!
All the best, Maria

Laurie A. said...

you hold out such a strong countenance, Linda and your words are strong, encouraging words.

i like this picture i've now been given of you doing something you love.

and as i think on you this way, i too encounter peace.

i hope this holiday weekend is refreshing for you.

kelli said...

I just put down my knitting to come and read this! I look over to my right now and see a beautifully knit dishrag from a precious friend.

What a lovely post and lovely pictures!

And...I wanted to add (on a different note) are such an encourager, Linda. I was visiting a few blogs today, and everywhere I saw your name, beautiful, strengthening, encouraging words preceded it. Thank you for your words. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into your heart with those words. Thank you for blessing me the way you do. Much love, my friend!

Susanne said...

What a sweet Aunt to give you a give that would keep giving you joy all your life. I alas, never caught onto the joy of knitting, although my mother tried to pass it on to me.