Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stitch markers: my friend and nemesis

I'm working on an Aeolian shawl right now. Knitting is my solace, my meditation. I love knitting lace. It find it so fullfilling to watch a beautiful pattern emerge as I methodically work through the pattern charts. You can't fudge it. It has to perfect to look good. I don't love stitch markers but they save me from making mistakes by helping me catch errors before I get too far along and have to tink back. I also try to remember to use life lines in between changes in pattern repeats.
Knitting itself has been my lifeline lately. My mother has been very ill the past few months and knitting has provided me with a precious distraction from the harshness of lifes realities as I knit at her bedside. My mom taught me to love arts and crafts so in a way she has given me a great gift that is helping me to be calm, meditative, and cope. Thank you mom.


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