May 07

Knitting for the troubled spirit

The outcome of my 3-hour Beth Brown-Reinsel "Latvian Wristers" class

Some of you already know the Elizabeth Zimmermann quote:

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either

It’s so appropriate — yet knitting was the last thing on my mind (see Heaviness) this past week until I went to the 3-hour class I signed up for in March: Latvian Wristers (taught by Beth Brown-Reinsel). I’m so glad I did. Not only was it incredibly nourishing and comforting being around friends and fellow knitters, but picking up double-pointed needles and yarn was actually just what I needed.

I am so grateful for your comments on my previous post and I appreciate all your thoughtful words of comfort during this difficult time. Grief is a full-body experience and at the end of the day (if not some time before), I am just overcome with exhaustion. It is so helpful to know that you understand . . . and that losing somebody we love is a shared experience. I no longer need to worry that my words of sympathy for others will ring hollow and shallow — because every comment left here last week was deeply felt and every one of them is so appreciated. Thank you.

Doing something creative this weekend, however short-lived, was a hopeful endeavor. I’m strengthened by it and can finally appreciate how fulfilling it can be to pick up yarn and busy my hands. I also loved learning about the history of Latvian mittens — so fascinating!

When I signed up for the class, it was for the sole purpose of gaining the skills I needed to knit the mittens on the cover of Knitting Traditions Winter 2011 issue. Along with the magazine, last year I also purchased all the yarn in the same colorway as the mittens on the cover. To see more, please check my Ravelry pages for both the completed wrister from the class as well as my Latvian mittens in progress.

Postscript: I went a little nuts and reworked my blog template and WordPress theme. If you’re viewing this in a reader and you’re curious to see the changes, please click through to the blog.

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8 comments

8 comments!!!

  1. Gail says:

    I LOVE your blog’s new look!

  2. Stacey says:

    Nice redo. I love the colors in the pic up there too! (((hugs))) Thinking and praying for you often, my friend.

    Oh, and thank you. You reminded me that yarn should be comforting when worked with. I knew I was missing something recently.

  3. erin says:

    Nice new look for the blog. Sometimes it feels good to changes things :)

  4. SoKnitpicky says:

    I’m so glad you made time for the class and that it was good and provided you with what you needed!

    I love this blog template. It’s *Smashing*! ;-)

  5. evelyn says:

    I stumbled upon your blog and am so glad I did.

  6. laura says:

    I’ve taken this class. I’m lucky enough to live in the same town as Beth. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer teacher/person to trust your tender heart with right now. Serendipitous for sure. Beth knows grief all too well.

  7. Maryse says:

    I really like the thought from Zimmermann ;-) Have a great weekend!

  8. Andi says:

    I love the blog’s new design it looks fresh and polished. I also adore your Student id picture. Seriously love you look 22!!!
    I am glad that you were able to find comfort in knitting. And I love that fact that your were surrounded my so many who could help in one way or another.

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