Knitting with Stevie Wonder

So, I'm working on some socks for my best friend. Its kind of a thing I do for him. Once I made him a felted messenger bag, but it quickly moved to socks. They were much more practical for him. He works for Whole Foods and confessed, "I have to wear my Birkenstocks and shorts, but its so freakin' cold in there!" So, we came up with the idea of BirkenSOX. So, here I am working up some stitches quickly, to keep (even in 110 degree weather) his big ass Sasquatch feet warm in a super cooled superstore. The beautiful thing? My iTunes playlist popped up Stevie Wonder's "AS is (always)." And as I slip one stitch here, ssk over there, purl over to this side and rest for a bit to smoke and have a sip of my beer, I realize why I do this, and why I don't own one damn thing I've ever knitted. I do it for those I love. And as Stevie Wonder screams beautifully in my ear at the moment, "Did you know you're LOVED by somebody?" I remember the essence and emotion and thought that's spent working on something FOR someone. I love my best friend. Love the fact that he owns quite a few pair of quickly made BirkenSOX that I've made for him that he wears with pride and purpose. Yes, did I know I was loved by somebody? QUESTION! Best moment of knitted gifting you handed over?


smalltownknitguy's picture

My favorite moments are when someone asks my daughter, "Oh that is so pretty, did your mommy make it for you?" and she replies, "No my daddy did." I so enjoy her saying that and the look on the admirer's face.

michaelpthompson's picture

I don't know if I have anything that deeply touching. I did just give my brother-in-law a hat, and he was quite pleased. He flew in from Minnesota. We hardly ever see him. We went up to a cabin in Estes Park Colorado on Wednesday, and he was fascinated as I cast on 90 stitches on an Addi Turbo circular needle. I was going to experiment with some cable patterns from Steve Malcom (Mr. Huggzz)'s e-book, but I thought I'd start with a ribbed band first.

As he watched me, he kept asking questions and was just entranced by the process, so I changed the project to a ribbed hat, which I finished last night and gave to him. He was just so touched, it was very heart-warming.

Doesn't seem to hold a candle to the Birkensox, but I think I know a little how you feel on that, and it was a lot of fun the way he kept thanking me.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

WillyG's picture

This is a tough question for me, since I haven't found people who really appreciate my knitting too much yet. I've knitted shawls and belts and dishcloths and hats for my family members, but often I find they've been folded up in the bottom of a drawer. Still, just a couple months ago, my dad came to me, rather crushed in spirit, and confessed that he had lost the sweater vest I had made for him a couple months earlier. This sweater had been a real challenge, when you take into account that my dad is picky about his clothes and is a challenging shape to fit. As he told me how much he had enjoyed that sweater, I didn't feel much sadness over the loss of the sweater. True, I had worked darn hard on it, having a number of 'trying-on' sessions and subsequent rippings and reknits; but now he was telling me in so many words that I had hit the nail on the head with the final sweater design. He was telling me that he really liked what I had made for him, and had lost it because he was using it as it had been intended. That, for me, was a happy moment. Fast forward to the end of the school year...the sweater turned up in the school's 'lost and found.' So he has his sweater again. But now I know I have someone close with whom I can share my knitting.

Gregory Patrick's picture

I haven't read all the posts yet, but I LOVE this story, man. There's just something about the father and son relationship that just can't be beat. No matter what.

Asplund's picture

Probably when I surprised my aunt with a shawl (Lady's Circular Cape from "Victorian Lace Today" by Jane Sowerby) last year. She's a really accomplished knitter but doesn't knit much these days. She's always been very encouraging and eager to see what's on my needles and what I've finished, and for quite a few years she was practically the only person I shared knitting with. I owe her a lot! The past few years I have made many knitter friends thanks to the internet and knitting camps, but she's still my favourite person to discuss knitting with.

Anyway, I brought the finished shawl when I came for a visit without saying it was for her, and could tell from the way she looked at it and touched it how much she liked it: the design, the colour and the soft, light wool-silk blend. It was a very nice moment when she asked who it was for and I said it was hers if she wanted it.

TomH's picture

That's great!

TomH's picture

I guess for me it was a bittersweet story. I started knitting one of my first circular lace shawls for my mother with the intention of giving it to her for Mother's Day a few years ago. So I started the shawl. In the meantime, she was taken to the hospital because she wasn't feeling well. Since she was in Iowa and I was in Philadelphia, I wasn't able to be in the hospital with her. So I knitted and knitted and knitted, called her every day, and knitted and knitted and knitted ... holding the large shawl on my lap as I knitted and knitted and held her in my heart. I wanted her to have that shawl to hold her as I would hold her. Sadly she died before I could finish the shawl. I gave it to one of my sister's a couple months later, telling her it had been intended for Mom and now wanted her to have it. That shawl will always be very special to me as I hope it is for my sister.

MMario's picture

I remember you telling me this...

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Thomasknits's picture

I started a shawl for my grandmother last year. Since beginning the shawl, she has very quickly deteriorated into memory loss and Alzheimer's and I just can't seem to get the motivation up to finish the shawl. Maybe it's just my young age, and my inexperience dealing with something like this, but I applaud your strength.


Loom Dude's picture

One of my best moments was last year when I made and sold Christmas ornaments. Someone I work with bought one and when he brought it home to his wife, she said, "No, this isn't going on the tree, this is an heirloom." That made me feel really special, knowing that something I created would be treasured by someone else for many years to come.

Just after I finished my second doll, my wife said it was a collectible, so that was also a great feeling.

I love it when I make scarves and hats for my family and friends and they wear them. It really makes me feel good. I like to think that the warmth they feel from wearing them is the warm feelings that I feel about them. I also pray for everything that I make, that it would bless the person who gets it and bring them joy.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I think all of my moments as I give my knitting to friends and family is special. However, one of the very best moments was when I was knitting a dishcloth as I travelled to New York on Amtrak a few years ago: A woman who was going to Indiana to rejoin her siblings, having been kicked out of her son's home because of a difference of opinion with her daughter-in-law, was amazed to see a man who knit and did so in public. Anyhow, when she left the train at her transfer station, I gave her the dishcloth and said, "Think of the man who knit every time you use this and may things go much better for you in the future." You would've thought I'd given her a million dollars, the way her face lit up. Just one of the great memories of a good trip. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.