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“Our Destiny Is Written in the Hand”

Dear Ann,
I saw this gem amongst the exquisite roses over at Emma’s, and the plainspoken truth of it smacked me in the head:

All of a sudden this endless i-cord I’m working seems downright noble.
Enjoy and share!
Love,
Kay

54 Comments

54 Comments

  1. That was really beautiful. I am so enamored by what we do and what we CAN do as fiber people. Every time I turn a heel or think of a new design or spy a new yarn I get a little creative thrill and it never goes away. I don’t really understand how I lived without it before. Being able to take some raw material and create something beautiful and special gives my life a deeper meaning that I’m continuously grateful for. Thanks for shairng this wonderful video.
    And yes, I rewound it to make sure there wasn’t a bug on my screen.

  2. That video made me feel so much better this evening. Here I was feeling a bit ashamed of knitting my evening away, and suddenly I feel inspired by the divine. What a beautiful woman.

  3. Really wonderful. It’s true–so often our society thinks tapping at a keyboard is the pinnacle of activity. We forget how vital it is to MAKE things and fiddle with them … no wonder we’re losing track of our creativity. (Speaking societally, mind you, not about us knitters in general or you specifically!)

  4. Creation is a god-like (or goddess-like) quality– creation, and/or creating order out of chaos. Personally, I see it as more of a feminine than a masculine quality.

  5. I loved this. After knitting my evening away as well, I feel motivated to knit my morning away tomorrow, too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great birthday gift! I really love what she said….I need to go teach a kid to knit!

  7. Absolutely lovely. Thank you, Kay.

  8. That was just soothingly beautiful; inspirational really. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. So thoughtful and thought-provoking and so very true, modern society doesn’t do creative things with their hands as a rule – and also so true about children – they learn by touching first … thank you for sharing that! I, like others, now feel confirmed in my belief that the process matters as much if not more than the product~!
    Thank you again!

  10. It always fascinates me that everyone I’ve come across knits and crochets differently…not that we aren’t all making the same stitches, but we all hold the yarn differently, move our hands differently. We are all unique in our creative industriousness and it is beautiful.

  11. what an amazing woman – but then, we all are, aren’t we?

  12. knitting is the new yoga (and i say that as a yoga instructor, who would just as happily knit as do a downward-facing dog). it’s all there.

  13. I love that! Thank you so much for posting it!

  14. What a wonderful wise woman, to loose yourself in
    your passion and to share it in such an inspiring way. She has filled me with wonder and desire to look at all things with new eyes and hands.

  15. Thank you!

  16. Now I have words for what I knew to be true. Thank you!

  17. I sit at a computer all day for my job and while my work has value I don’t produce anything tangible you can hold in your hands. I have come to realize that as people we do all have a deep seated need to create things — knitting fills that need for me. My husband builds things all day long for a living and I think he is fulfilled by that. Really special video – thank you for sharing. Plus – wicked justification for taking up spinning and or general stash enhancement!!

  18. … thank you for sharing an absolute treasure of a moment … validates what we do so reassuringly …

  19. That was great – thank you so much for posting/sharing.

  20. Wow.
    Once you take up a craft, the whole world does look different to you, because you realize that everything was *made*. Even if by a machine.
    (One note of optimism–I do think she underestimates the dexterity needed to type words on a keyboard. It may not be knitting, but it’s something.)

  21. Agree.
    When I was about 10 I was so bored I wanted a hobby, I wanted to DO something.
    My mom sewed some, but that was frustrating to me and not something I could do on my own. I learned from a neighbor to latch hook and do simple needle point. Didn’t stick, can only make so many latch hook pillow and rug kits. All through my growing up as I worked hard in school and college I often had a hard time listing my hobbies. Basically it was reading. But now it is knitting and reading. It’s fun to make things and to find something one enjoys and is good at making regardless of what it is. My daughter is naturally creative in her drawing, my husband restores classic and vintage bicycles by hand. My son though, he wants to create web design and computer programs!

  22. Thanks for this validation and inspiration. Not only children are drawn to someone making something, adults will watch out of the corners of their eyes and hope that someone asks “what are you making?” It also explains the warmth of my knitting circle, we are all creating something and sharing that energy that makes us all human. Delightful. Excuse me, I have to go knit.

  23. Sigh. Yes, completely.

  24. This was a lovely gift to start the day. Thank you.

  25. Wow — that was really inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  26. I love this video! How do we go about telling the US gov’t that we need a national holiday for using our hands and celebrating those that do?! who’s going to start the petition?! Mandatory day off work for knitting! who’s with me!?

  27. That was the first thing I saw this morning. It was so lovely. I find her so peaceful and mesmerizing. Thank You for sharing it.
    Now, to pick a stone!

  28. My husband plays video games, and when I first met him I got involved in his hobby. For a while it was fun. I gave up a bit of knitting and cross-stitch time to get involved in someone else’s story. However, the need to create was too strong. Now, while I have video games, they get very little of my time. Instead I create socks, build sweaters, grow plants and generally make things. It’s a much more fulfilling place to be.

  29. Thanks for posting the video! She made so much sense. I wish more people were aware of the different aspects of handwork like this.

  30. Um, wow. That was pretty poignant and she didn’t even sound cheesy saying it! I loved the footage of the kids knitting.
    Her comments on ego-centrism and finding empathy through knitting were intriguing to me. I’ll have to think about that one for a bit. I always knit for other people, but never thought about the actual knitting process that way.

  31. No doubt the best 4:30 minutes I’ll spend today. May the serenity of her voice transcend throughout the day for all of us.

  32. Thank you for sharing this. She is RIGHT ON the money :)

  33. Inspiring – I have just started to learn to spin with a spindle and am not finding it easy. After watching this, I will keep going!!

  34. I can only hope to honor her statements by doing what I do everyday. I often have people ask me (as I am SURE we all have) why bother doing what I do. Because. Because it is important work. And now I can point them here: because it is divine work. Yup.

  35. Oh, to be wise and slim and elegant, and to speak eloquent truths in a soft German accent! I loved this and I WILL share it. Thank you.

  36. Thank you. This gives me assurance that my knitting, crochet, kneading, and baking are not whims, but important parts of the human experience. And also that what I am doing is benefitting my children.
    I needed this today.

  37. She was so right in everything she was saying. Knitting and crochet for me is an addiction and a good addiction at that because it calms me down after the stress of the working day within a care home. She is so calming and to even watch someone else knitting or crochet, calms me down. She has also given me an idea too. When I was at school, 25 years ago, they use to teach ‘needlecraft’ but now theres nothing like that. I am going to approach my local schools and offer my teaching skills to see if the children want to learn and to get them away from the computer world. Thanks.

  38. Wonderful–thank you.

  39. Thanks for sharing this. Beautifully woven words that articulate what draws so many of us to the fiber arts.

  40. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I was practically in tears after hearing this. It is so close to my heart.

  41. Just lovely. Such a gentle, eloquent expression of what so many of us feel. Thank you for sharing.

  42. Does anyone know of a transcript of her comments? I would love to have the words written down. She certainly has a fabulous view of the world and what the purpose is for mankind (generic everyone) to have hands and minds that can create objects. thanks – Hester

  43. spinning with a stone and a stick. priceless.

  44. So true! I used to knit on the playground at my daughter’s school after dismissal while she played with her friends and kids were fascinated–so many of them started bringing knitting needles and crochet hooks so that I could teach them. The next year we even started a knitting club (and crochet, too). The first day of the club we had 45 kids show up! Kids crave creativity and handwork!

  45. That was so beautiful. I don’t know what else to say.

  46. Thank you for posting this and thanks to Renate: My hands thank you, my daughter’s hands thank you, my son’s hands thank you(he’s working as prep cook this summer–imagine what his hands and mind are grasping!). Knitting, gardening, cooking–I always wondered how people can buy their vegetables already cut up. Half the fun is the alchemy that happens from the garden or farm to the cutting board to the pot. Creation!

  47. I think about this kind of thing all the time, which may be why throughout the video my mind kept drifting off to thoughts like, “In my next life, could I please have cheekbones? Where do I sign up for bone structure in my next life?”
    I am not proud of this shallow response. In fact, I apologize. Just keepin’ it, um, real.

  48. Thank you for posting this! I’ve been feeling guilty for my NEED to knit; this put in to words all that I’ve been struggling to explain.

  49. She said it all, now didn’t she, and in such poetic language.

  50. As one of the previous commenters suggested I have transcribed her words on my blog. It’s long or I would have included it here
    http://www.yarnthoughts.typepad.com

  51. Thank you. I loved every second, but was most drawn to her words that children want to work with their hands. So so true.

  52. I do hate to be contrary…. but….
    as eloquent and lofty as these thoughts are – I disagree. The sky is not falling in and the dexterity in our fingertips and our hearts is alive and well. Renate needs to get out in the ether more.

  53. Makes me appreciate the so-called “lost” hours of my life I’ve spent sewing, cross stitching, knitting, crocheting, etc.
    I’ve always felt connected to my hands which is why life has been filled with crafting and gardening. My life has been filled with the need to learn and try new things.
    When I spend time with my nieces and nephews I love give them the opportunity to create and not be drawn to the tv or video games. They’ve enjoyed and now I know why.

  54. When my son attended our local Waldorf school, he had a class in handwork where he learned to knit in the first grade and where children are knitting socks in fifth grade. That was when I finally decided that I needed to learn to knit. The school’s handwork teacher started me off on socks on four dpns – knitting, purling, turning the heel. I didn’t know at the time that this was advanced work so I just did it. It was a wonderful way to learn and a great way to foster a love for knitting.