“Will the circle be unbroken Bye and bye Lord, bye and bye There’s a better home awaiting In the sky Lord, in the sky”
I haven’t sat in a knitting/crocheting circle in at least 30 years.
I had forgotten the fun and comradery of the ladies in these groups.
It’s more than just about knitting a scarf, hat or gloves.
It’s about sharing time together.
Everyone is genuinely friendly and seem to care about the others and their lives.
They all love a project and love to share what they are doing.
They even give you instructions on how to do this!
How do I know this you ask?
Because this week I officially became a part of one of the best knitting guilds around.
And the best part is I am just learning how to knit!
I thoroughly enjoyed taking the lady I am caring for to her group.
I thought I would sit away from the group and write or read.
However I was introduced and the conversations started did not stop!
Somehow within 45 minutes of my being there, I was handed a pair of knitting needles and told to “follow her”. Her being the lovely lady who was in charge of the group. She led me into another room with a closet that held boxes and boxes of yarn.
I was told to “pick one” and the one that “spoke to me.”
I am so thrilled!
We are making items for the Salvation Army and I will now be contributing a scarf!
For the record I will be going once a week with “Miss Candy” as it seems I am now a part of this lovely group.
Pictographs of knitting has been found on cave walls and the walls in the temples of ancient Egypt.
It has been around for thousands of years.
I learned so much from these ladies who were knitting for various reasons, a baby blanket, scarves for others and self, fingerless gloves and a few other items I did not get to examine yet.
These ladies are magical with their hands, two needles and a ball of yarn!
I somewhat feel like I am back in school as I was sent home with my starter knitting, my needles, yarn and bless them, written instructions for the most basic scarf!
They were so patient in teaching me and honestly, every one of the 14 ladies present made a point to tell me hello and say they are thrilled to see “the younger generation” taking a shine on an art that some feel is dying out.
I can see what they mean.
Home Economics used to teach knitting, cooking and home making.
Now there is “culinary arts” but not a lot of knitting and home making.
Schools don’t want to look as if they are not with the times and I get that. I really do.
But when they are cutting funding for basic things like physical education and how to live, not just sex education, they are in a way cutting off the very fiber of what has been taught for generations.
Sitting in the knitting group I fit in.
No matter what my age is, I am with kindred souls.
Knitting is good for the soul.
You can knit pretty much anywhere you can read a book which was always my escape.
But a bonus is you can talk and knit if you like. For someone like me this is a wonderful thing to keep my hands busy and my mouth busy at the same time too!
I get another lesson on Friday when I take Miss Candy to another appointment and you can bet I am looking forward to it.
I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!