March 03, 2007
Thoughts on a Saturday afternoon.......
Well, here it is Saturday afternoon already. Time certainly goes faster as you get older. I just wish I didn't spend so much of my time at work. Don't get me wrong I love my job but it would be nice to have a three day weekend every week! Speaking of my job, I had my knitting group on Friday with my young knitters(2nd-8th grade). We started on a project to make a doll. Very simple garter stitch with separate legs done then added together and knit up to arms and cast on more stitches and then decrease for shoulders and head. It will teach them many new skills. I think most of them enjoyed starting it. Some of them come to work their own projects and others come to chat. But I have a group of about 5 that really want to learn new skills. They work along smoothly and ask such good questions and come to me when they really need help. The only problem with the younger knitters is that it doesn't go fast enough. But recently I have seen some of them overcome that and keep working toward finishing. One little one really tickled me yesterday. We were working along, and they love to measure their progress, so I always have a tape measure or ruler handy. One of the girls picked up the ruler to see her progress (we needed to knit 5" in garter stitch for first leg). She held it across her work and said: "wow 4" already!". Her friend next to her said: " you are measuring the width not the length", very matter of factly! They are so smart and I am always amazed at their grasp of all the components that make up knitting.
Two of my young knitters live on my block and I love when they stop in for help or directions. One of these young ladies has done so well she is making socks and purses. Her family looks forward to her knitted gifts. This is what I love about knitting. You try it and either you like it or you don't. You immediately feel the lure of the yarn and the needles and you must have some. Where ever you go you look for yarn shops and you don't ever not have a project going. People who don't knit will never get it. It is an addiction like any others, the secret yarn buying, the need to have a project going at all times, and the dread you feel if you are caught somewhere without it when you could have been knitting! Ahh.......maybe I reveal too much! You can guess I love to knit. But more than that I love everything about knitting. They way it feels in your hands the smoothness of the yarn and the warmth of the needles. And the pleasure people get from some little gift. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see my new niece being baptized last week wearing one of the little hats I made for her. I was so excited and pleased that someone liked what I had made. I need to go off and knit some more now......pleasant thoughts till next time.