A mentor once asked our class “How has needlework changed your life?” The question was stunning as it hit home…hard. Needlework (and knitting), this hobby that is all consuming, one that others find “nice”, a diversion or something gran’ma did, has changed everything in my life!
It isn’t that I have patience for it…IT has made me a more patient person if anything. You don’t need patience for something you love, adore.
It’s inconceivable what life would be like today if needlework and knitting hadn’t been a major part of my life for the last 30+ years. What lessons have been learned besides those of being a master at the art of embroidery (or knitting)?
A few would be: how to problem solve, how to create ideas and execute them, how to enjoy life, take time for oneself, share what one has learned with others, learn to get along with many other people from all walks of life, have a sense of community, a sense of passion….the list can only grow longer and longer.
The mentor who asked the question, Shay Pendray, had a larger impact on my life than any other person. She said you could ‘work towards perfection’ by stitching daily and taking classes to learn. She brought so many of us together to learn and share this passion of the needle. Many are friends for life. She’s a goddess, IMHO. She also taught me not to give up, how to pass on knowledge and how to love even the most difficult person.
Every step every day is a step towards improving the future of my life and others. There are many mentors in my life and the way to give them their due is to be a mentor. That’s the goal…every day.
Last night was Stitch 'n Bitch at the Jitterbug Coffee Shop (love the place!).
Laurie and Steph ran in for the first few minutes and stayed an hour. LOL They had their PF and you can see the colors on their blogs. Susan came in the last few minutes to show (off) her darling new "French Market Bag Révisé" and a cool pair of socks she's knitting. Denise kept us laughing into the night. It was so much fun to be with the few who showed up on our "off night".
The Fair Isle is just past the starting point of the armhole and neck steeks. This baby might be done soon! Will try to have pictures of the progress this week and progress on EC. It's such a lovely yarn and the pattern is fun, too. Thanks Kerstin for recommending it!
BTW, when mentioning changed lives, blogging has changed mine in another possitive way. Thanks to all my new friends!