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I tend to get lots of comments about my knitting when I pull out the sticks and string in public. Anything from the typical “what are you making”, “is that knitting or crocheting”, to stories about how people have tried knitting or tales about people they know who knit (usually grandmothers, aunts, or moms.) But I always get some sort of reaction. It’s interesting. And it made me think more about why I knit and what it means in my life.

Sure I could buy things cheaper than I can knit them. If you figured up the cost of supplies and the time involved, there is no doubt that any cost analysis would come out on the side of just walking into the local department store and picking up a pair of socks. But it’s just not the same as wearing something (or giving something) that I’ve made with my own hands.

When I’m knitting a gift for someone, I can imagine that my good thoughts and feelings for that person are transferred through my needles into the object. Maybe it sounds silly, but maybe there is something to it as well. If you ever received a hand-knit scarf, doesn’t it feel warmer around your neck when you think of the person who spent the time crafting it for you? Much better than some scratchy scarf snagged off the rack at Walmart. And most knitters I know spend time thinking about patterns and colors and all sorts of other things when they are preparing to knit a gift. There is much energy and thought that goes into this.

Another thing that I like about knitting is the connection I feel to generations of people who have wielded needles and yarn. Knitting is a very old craft that has crossed national boundaries, oceans, and cultures. When I’m working with yarn, I become part of a greater community of people who have practiced the same craft for centuries. That is a pretty awesome idea!

For me, knitting is also much like meditation. When I’m working on a project, I find myself relaxing (and there are statistics to back this up) and generally slowing down. It requires focus, yet generally isn’t mentally taxing. Plus I get to exercise different parts of my brain, which is never a bad thing. I like the Zen aspect of the experience.

The next time you see someone knitting, take a moment to observe the motion of the needles through the yarn and you might understand what I’m talking about. You might even get hooked and decide to learn this wonderful craft for yourself.


It is cooler outside today. I was able to drive to work with the windows open for a change. Thank you weather-god. Even if isn’t fated to last long, I’ve enjoyed the brief respite.


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August 2008


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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