Books and My knitting story

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
So I wasn’t thrilled with the book. Absolutely well written but not my favourite storyline. I really wanted to like it and I did like the first 50 pages or so, but got exhausted by the amount of characters with similar names and the strange parentage of them all. I felt like I should take notes so I could keep up.

Anyway, I’m on page 67 of The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler and I’m hooked.

My “on-the-go” book is Knitting Yarns:Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood. I love this compilation of knitting stories. I understand all the ups and downs of the knitters or non-knitters writing the stories. My own knitting story began when I was a child, my grandmother taught me to knit. At the time I wasn’t interested but wanted to learn because she was knitting. All of us had received a hand knit sweater, knit with her loving hands. I loved mine, I think it was red. But when I became a teenager I had forgotten how to knit. My Mom ended up teaching me the knitting technique I use now, when I was 13. My first project was a scarf of course and it was full of holes. My mom would sit and knit for hours making me little doll clothes for all of my Barbies and dolls. So I started making my own gifts, I remember late night knitting trying to finish hand knit Christmas presents later in my teens and early 20’s. Now, Since I’ve joined a local knitting group about 4 years ago, I knit almost everyday. Because of all of the support and inspiration coming from people in my group I’ve knit more challenging projects. I’ve learned to be a better loser because when you have to undo 3 hours of work you learn about failure. I definitely have more patience and it’s calming. You can work through major dilemmas while knitting, the mind is soothed and free to focus more on problem solving. I’m looking forward to my next meeting which is tonight, I’ll bring my colourful socks along. I never know how much knitting will get done but for sure there will be interesting conversation.

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