When my aunt was pregnant with her first child, she was placed on bed rest for several months. One day, my uncle came home with a bag of yarn and knitting needles for her and she taught herself to knit.
Ever since her pregnancy 18 years ago, many of the women in my family have taken up knitting. During summer breaks, which can be quite rainy here in Washington, we would gather in the sunroom in my grandparent’s house and knit for hours.
My first knitting project was a scarf. Scarves are, generally, long and narrow – anyone could cut one out of a piece of fabric. My scarf took on epic proportions. My initial design was 6” across. Somehow, through no fault of my own, stitches kept being added and the scarf grew to two feet wide. It looked like a turtleneck tank top. (more…)