Knitting and Me.

Reasons why people knit – here’s Mandy’s reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is something I have just sent off to Betsan Corkhill, from Stitchlinks. Thought it might make a blog post. So here it is.

Iโ€™m 59. Iโ€™ve knitted since I was 6, having learned at school from a very stroppy teacher, who got very cross when I made a mistake. 6-year-olds do make mistakes! But my mum helped, and her knitterly friends helped too, so gradually I built up my techniques and confidence.

I never thought of knitting as anything but fun until I became ill in my forties with M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) (along with a list of other maladies!) and was medically retired.

At that point it became important to feel useful, even if only in a small way. Knitting provided that. For a long while I couldnโ€™t even do that. I couldnโ€™t concentrate for long enough to even cast on.

Gradually, though, I was able toโ€ฆ

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