Properly practiced knitting soothes the troubled spirit and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either. –Elizabeth Zimmerman
One of the pleasures of knitting is that it can be picked up anywhere no matter the weather. Requirements are simple – 2 sticks and a ball of wool, readily available at your second hand store or local wool specialty shop. The act of knitting is meditative and therapeutic – the rhythmic motion has been proven to change the brain chemistry and relieve stress. Thousands have taken up this ancient skill from fishermen waiting for the tides to change to surgeons knitting to keep their fingers limber.
Want to know where to begin if you are a novice or where to share the solitary practice if you have been knitting for some time? Join Winnipeg Public Library’s newest Knit Lit Book Club at Fort Garry branch.
Here’s how it works. Members choose a project from the wide variety of knitting books the library has to offer. Once a month we share our experiences and critique knitting books, patterns, magazines, and blogs. Here are some of the projects our members are exploring:
Margaret’s projects include socks from Favorite Socks by Ann Budd.
MaryLou wants to get back into knitting and has decided to begin a scarf. Paula is knitting a scarf with a lovely chunky yarn. For more inspiration see Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers by Carri Hammett
Kari is knitting a two piece wrap which will be combined in a Rowan yarn of light caramel tweed, as seen in Wrap Style by Pam Allen
Once, women knit socks and scarves to send to soldiers in the cold trenches during World War 1. Did you know there are similar opportunities to knit for a cause? Knit a hat to accompany Koats for Kids or a dog blanket for the Winnipeg Humane Society. Jen is working on baby hats for charity from a pattern in Debbie Bliss’ The Knitter’s Year.
Novice knitters are welcome to join and tell us all about it. Experienced knitters can learn an intricate stitch and explain how they mastered it. Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson
WPL has over 800 knitting books, DVDs and magazines devoted to the soothing, calming, repetitive craft of knitting.
So pour a cuppa , pull up a chair, and bring out your knitting. For more information or to register call Fort Garry Library at 204-986-4918.