Charles Dickens, connection, detective series, Econesting, Foyle's War, gratitude, hats, knitting, Madame Dufarge, Prime Suspect, socks, Tale of Two Cities, Wallander
This fall Paul and I have gone on a crime-watching spree. We’ve been turning on the TV, and taking in episode after episode, season after season of detective shows.
We began in pre-World War II England with Foyle’s War, traveled to Sweden for the Wallander series, and are now back in the U.K. following Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect.
Like Madame Dufarge in Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, I have been sitting in my chair, quietly knitting, whilst bedlam breaks out before my eyes. I’m not as clever as Madame Dufarge, I can’t knit names into my work.
But like her I am keeping a list. Names of people I’ve had the luck and pleasure to connect with during this past year. People who, in this online world, have been both supportive and inspiring.
And so, stitch by stitch, I’ve been knitting my gratitude into a series of hats.
One recipient likened my stitches to a row of brussel sprouts.
Knitting is one of the few places in life where I have even a ghost of a chance at mimicking nature’s perfection.
My original concept for this post was a question: Why can’t writing, or even life be more like knitting? I’ve since realized that I don’t want either of those things to be as straightforward as knitting.
I want both my writing and my life to include the unexpected, the good, and the bad. Those detective shows on TV would be pretty boring without the false leads, wild goose chases, and surprise endings. Writing and life would be pretty boring too if I always arrived on time, and at the expected destination.
In fact, those hats might be getting a bit too straightforward. So for my next project, I’m thinking … SOCKS!
Be very careful of the socks!!! I tried those the first year Kenny and I spent time in St. Croix, after he stopped working. I thought I might lose my mind!!! After I ripped them out for the third time, I gave them to my mom, and she made them!!! 😉
This just in from Ronnie Citron-Fink, maker of those fabulous socks:
Socks are so rewarding to knit and very special to give. And thank you for including my socks!
I always use the Vogue Knitting basic pattern and change the stitch pattern: http://www.vogueknitting.com/free_patterns.aspx
Also, just saw this from Maaaartha and thought of you! http://www.marthastewart.com/913789/felted-knitting-basket
Kathleen Volp said:
Hee heee heee!!! as a recipient of your knitting -which hat I love- it makes me giggle to see you enjoying the process, so that we can enjoy the product! love you Kathleen
Another lovely post. I really like the visual comparison of the stitches and pine cones.
Ann E. Michael said:
I can’t help but think of Neruda’s poem: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ode-to-my-socks/
Thank you for this! And welcome to the site.
I love Neruda and I covet those socks, so I’m pretty sure I’d want to worship them like Neruda does in the poem.
It also reminds me of a little video our son in Morocco sent. He’d just received a new pair of Levis from us and he said he felt about his new jeans the way Steve Carell does in this video.
Not exactly Neruda, but similar sentiment.
Ann E. Michael said:
Ha! No, not exactly Neruda…I don’t think he ever wrote an ode to jeans, but this cheerful response is a different, er, interpretation of joy. And now I’m reminded of Donovan’s silly song, “I love my shirt.”