Knitting is another word for love.
I just spent the weekend making a major deposit into my memory bank—our knitting gathering in New Harmony, Indiana was pure joy for me. Fifteen knitters and two husbands gathered from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Oklahoma. [The new masthead photo is the view from the Barn Abby looking toward the Wabash River and across to Illinois. Previous masthead photos do not disappear into the blogging ether. Check out my MASTHEAD link above.]
Gloria and Allen Johnson (Dayton, OH) organized our stay at the Barn Abby. Allen kept us from going hungry, and Gloria taught us about the zig-zag scarf. I passed out patterns and yarn for knitted squares to assemble into a love blanket for Gloria. (I’ll post a photo when I get it set together). Marilyn Buster led us in her revised version of KNITO (similar to BINGO) — a game that Gloria un-vented several years ago for our gathering. In between, we enjoyed the sights of New Harmony, and visited Atkinson Farm Yarns in Vincennes, IN. Cheryl (the owner) treated us to a delicious luncheon. A quilting friend of hers had made lovely bags—we each received one filled with goodies. Cheryl’s generous spirit was also reflected in her shop. I’ve never seen such an ample collection of yarns and other items. I confess, I bought some yarn.
In quieter moments of joy, I observed everyone working, laughing, sharing and interacting. A list formed in my mind. Instead of a TO DO list, I call it my KNITTING IS . . . list. Here is a start:
- Knitting is another word for warmth.
- Knitting is a good excuse to gather with friends.
- Knitting is a form of meditation.
- Knitting is an ice breaker in a group of people.
- Knitting is healing.
- Knitting is a good part of my memory stash (Marianne from Tulsa).
- Knitting is health food for the fingers and is not fattening (Jeannie).
- Knitting is …
so true so true…. what a joy knitting is to us!!
I’m just getting back to knitting myself and I have to say, I love your definitions! Just came from a primitive rug hooking group (much like your knitter sisters) and I so appreciate the good times and the memories. =) I’ll be back to visit again.
Jeannie Zeller said:
Knitting is all of those.
Knitting is healthfood for the fingers.
(And it’s NOT fattening.)
You are sure right, knitting is all of those and more. That is a great picture. I am glad I live here. Indiana is wonderful in the fall.
MarilynB. in Tulsa said:
Oh what a wonderful weekend. To me, “Knitting is LOVE.” Love of others, love of self and just love period.
Mary Shue said:
I couldn’t have said it any better. One of the things I enjoy most about this knitting group is hearing the stories of their many years of knitting together. I can listen to them over and over again. The great majority of the stories are punctuated with explosive laughter and laughter is so good, isn’t it? And now I’m lucky enough to be part of the group, too.
I love the phrase, “memory stash.”
What a lovely group of sisters, and the making of good times for the memory bank.. or memory stash :^)
That is one Stunning photo in the new masthead.