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My mother has a hard time sitting still. Even when she sits down to relax, her hands are busy with something–she’ll smooth out the edges of a napkin, or turn the pages of a magazine. She used to sew when we were kids, by hand and also with a machine, but I never saw her knit. I’m not sure why it didn’t appeal to her but I know many women, including The Wife,  love to knit (and some men dig it, too). They find the practice calming and productive, though I also hear The Wife curse and growl when she’s messed-up a pattern; that’s when she undoes a bunch of work and starts again.

It would drive me mad, but it doesn’t stop her, and when she’s finished, with a hat or a scarf, she’s got something handmade to give as a gift. This gives her a kind of satisfaction that is hard to replace.

Saw this on the train last night and I wondered what those balls of yarn will become.

[Featured image by Darwin.Wins]


1 YankeeAbby   ~  Oct 20, 2011 1:41 pm

My twin sister and my mother possess the crocheting gene - and they've made countless afghans, scarves, baby blankets etc. and the stuff is gorgeous too. I've often said they should try selling them at various craft fairs. They'd probably make back twice the cost of materials that they paid. I've tried to ...gotten as far as a halfway decent chain-stitch, but alas I just can't seem to find the inspiration that they have.

I guess I can count myself fortunate though that I was handed down the cooking gene so while I can't make a comfy & cozy blanket, I make a kick-ass homemade salsa! :-)

2 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 20, 2011 2:42 pm

2) Yo! Would you be kind enough to pass along that recipe for the homemade salsa?

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