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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Escher inspired knitting

I have always been surrounded by friends who have multiple creative skills.  One is a master knitter and the other a prolific knitter so I have been the recipient of some stellar pieces that you can find on my feet, around my neck and on my hands.   My first meeting with the neurologist he asked if I knitted. Nope. Or played the piano. Nope. Anything that my two hands would have to do together so my left hand use would come back, that my brain would have to work to link the sides together.
After a couple months, I called up my knitter friends.  "I need to start knitting."
Them: "OK."  So we meet up once a week at a coffee shop to knit.
 My daughter Rose joined us since she was knitting in gradeschool with Geri (the master). Rose had a few requirements, being the cool teenager in the bunch.  We were not a club, but a gang. We are the K-Gang with a symbol of two crossed knitting needles as our "gang" sign.  Us adults get an enormous amount of mirth out of being corrected every time we say knitting club.  Rose said it definitely was not cool she was knitting on Sundays with a bunch of women. But secretly, I know she loves it.  These women are all her aunties... not related by blood, but I just about have a blood oath that if something happens to me they need to step in.
 Anyway, after my required scarf as a first project, Geri sent me on to do a hat.  Everyone told me DO NOT TWIST when doing to circle for the hat. Yeah, yeah, so I was careful.  See the above? It took me a while to figure out there is no magic I can do do untwist that.  The sad thing is that it took me 5 rip outs to get that far.  I would like you to take note of the lovely knitting.  I think the other club gang members were shaking their heads everytime they would find out I ripped it out yet again.  But I want to wear it, and I won't if it is a big lumpy mess with missing stitches.  Can we say p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n-i-s-m.  It does help with the retaining the brain.  Geez, in the beginning it was like reinventing the wheel, I could almost feel the sputtering and grinding in my head as I tried to get my fingers to make incremental moves between needle and yarn.  But it gets easier. I should have that hat done at the height of summer heat at this rate.


DirtyKSmama - Nikki said...

Knitting is the coolest! What great exercise to get your hands working together!
Last winter my 12 y.o. daughter and I took a series of knitting classes. Now she knits hats for the chemo center where her grandmother is getting treatment, and the shy girl is now thinking of giving lessons at school for the 7th grade open hour.
I've always wondered what it would look like if you twisted the circle. I'm a slow knitter - I always have to stop and check everything as if I had OCD. My daughter knits fast, but she's also a perfectionist, so she'll rip a project apart and start over multiple times, but knits fast enough to make up for it.

Buffy said...

Reminds me of when I learned to knit. I worked in an office when I was in my early 20s with about 10 girls. One was a Girl Scout leader and she taught us all. I've made really a great sweater for my 9 yr. old nephew and a pretty difficult cable knit sweater for my niece, socks for a boyfriend (all of which I believe were thrown in a washer and dryer because I never saw them again and after all my hard work and hours and hours of following patterns, plus all the yarn and patterns that were followed) and a big yarn and needle sweater for myself, along with a baby sweater (all calbes), hat and booties. They were all from patterns in magazines. I don't remember having to rip out things. Our leader helped us pick up dropped stitches. Your tension on the yarn is important to get a smooth even outcome. Every day at lunch, we'd all be knitting in our lady's room/lounge and we were so adicted, we'd even get back to work late because we wanted to finish a row or part of a pattern. It was all great fun as we talked and laughed.
"The Friday Night Knitting Club" is a book I read a few months back, which I think you'd enjoy. It's about a knitting club with a mother and daughter who owned a knitting store and their friends. Great read.

Blue Shoe Farm said...

It seems pre-teens are ripe for learning this sort of thing. Wow, teaching it and making them for chemo patients, what a great gal you have!

I'll look up the book. Sounds like you have skills like our master knitter. The socks she has made me are my very favorite socks - they don't bunch up and are super comfy. Do you still knit?

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