Knitting calms

by Debbie on September 9, 2010

My husband had an outpatient hernia surgery this week and I passed the 4 hours wait time by knitting, reading and chatting with folks in the waiting room.

Soon after Dave was taken back to the surgery, an elderly woman named Anna came in accompanied by her son-in-law. She sat down near me, said aloud that she should have brought her knitting and commented on my knitting. “What are you making?” she asked. “A square for KAS [knit-a-square],” I said.

I explained about KAS and the blankets for the AIDS orphans in South Africa and pulled out a leaflet to hand to her. After she handed it to her son-in-law for safe-keeping, we chatted some more as I knitted away. She told me that she was having cataract surgery and was very frightened. I asked if she’d like to knit a few rows while she waited to be called in for the surgery and handed her the needles and yarn.

I had brought 2 projects so promptly pulled out the other one, a scarf, and resumed my knitting. She continued knitting a few rows of the square and was summoned to the surgical suite.

Several hours later, I saw Anna again as she was being discharged. I asked how she was doing and she said she was relieved to have the surgery over. She thanked me for helping her to feel calm by focusing on the knitting before the procedure. It was one of those moments when you realise the power of KAS and how knitting helps, not only for the vulnerable children and orphans of South Africa, but for the rest of us, too!

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Jana September 10, 2010 at 07:16

I agree. My mother has been sick and I have been crocheting up a storm. It helps me cope. :D

Dawne September 10, 2010 at 13:45

I’ve always said that knitting for others is an Act of Peace. Sounds like it’s also an Act of Inner Peace :) What a lovely story. That woman will remember your kindness for a long time. I’m sure she’s told her family and all of her friends.

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