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My knitting has been much on my mind lately–have you noticed?–and I’ve made a more concerted effort to make sure I get some time with the sticks and string every day, if only for half an hour or so. A few minutes of peaceful knitting can really set the tone for the rest of my day.

I’ve also been thinking, again, about why I knit, and for whom. Most of my knitted goods are meant for others, my little bit of warmth and cheer sent out into a sometimes very cold and cheerless world. This is a long tradition, this business of knitting for others, and it’s one that I’ve happily embraced–it allows me the double pleasure of knitting stuff and helping someone out, even though I will likely never know who that someone is.

I liked this simple poem about knitting for sailor lads; it nicely sums up my own reasons for knitting for others. Enjoy!

The Knitting Song

by Jessie Pope

Sailor lad, on the sodden ground,
Sailor lad on the seas,
Can’t you hear a little clicketty sound
Stealing across on the breeze?
It’s the knitting-needles singing their song
As they twine the khaki or blue,
Thousands and thousands and thousands strong,
Tommy and Jack, for you.

Click — click — click,
How they dart and flick,
Flashing in the firelight to and fro!
Now for purl and plain,
Round and round again,
Knitting love and luck in every row.

The busy hands may be rough or white,
The fingers gouty or slim,
The careful eyes may be youthfully bright,
Or they may be weary and dim,
Lady and workgirl, young and old,
They’ve all got one end in view,
Knitting warm comforts against the cold,
Tommy and Jack, for you.

Knitting away by the midnight oil,
Knitting when day begins,
Lads, in the stress of your splendid toil,
Can’t you hear the song of the pins?
Clicketty, click — through the wind and the foam
It’s telling the boys over there
That every “woolly” that comes from home
Brings a smile and a hope and a prayer.

Click — click — click,
How they dart and flick,
Flashing in the firelight to and fro!
Now for purl and plain,
Round and round again,
Knitting love and luck in every row.

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About Kymm

I'm a reader and writer and knitter, a sister, daughter, and friend. This blog is my letter, of love and hate, frustration and joy, rants and praises, to a great big world. You can read it if you want to.

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