Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ode to the Hand-Knitter

EVERY knitter needs to read or listen to this book.... it is HILARIOUS and quite true to life... I am listening to the audio book, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and this quote is my favorite!

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
- R. D. Laing

We live in a world of machines, our world moves faster, bigger, and better with every moment. Machines replace humans and often do our jobs better. When you are knitting socks and sweaters and scarves, you aren't just knitting.... you are assigning a value to human effort, you are holding back time, you are preserving the simple unchanging act of handwork. I will remember that knitting is more meaningful than it seems.

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