A couple of weeks ago, on my mother's birthday, I went to a community meeting to discover some people learning to knit. My mother picked up knitting in the last two years of her life and was brought so much joy by it. I've intended to learn since she gave me the first scarf she knit for me, but just haven't found the time (or lack of intimidation, maybe) to go through all of her supplies to make sense of them all. So bit by bit, with the help of a great knitter and teacher, I was knitting right through my meeting. I spent the rest of my mom's birthday practicing her favorite craft with her yarn and needles, something I hadn't planned for the day but which couldn't have been any more perfect. I'm hooked.
This Joan Baez record has soundtracked most of my knitting. I keep putting other records on and then switching back pretty quickly - they just go so well together, Joan and the tapping needles. I really love that knitting is something you can do tiny bit by tiny bit - a stitch here, a wiped jam-face there - though my favorite making times of late have been getting into a good (long) knitting groove with Joan.
This week I'm learning the purl stitch (it's slow going around here, people - jam faces and all) and am reminded again of how much I love the name Pearl. I also expect to see Joan and Joanie popping up more on little ones. And heck, there's Baez, too. All pretty, cozy, sturdy names, I think.
Do you knit? Happy knitting!