As I reach the three-and-a-half year mark of living in this house, many of my knitted garments are reaching the same anniversary. When we arrived in Germany in the autumn of 2013 I was very pregnant, all of my life's possessions were on a ship in the Pacific, then the Atlantic, and I was full of nervous energy. I needed to find an outlet for my nesting fervor while I waited for our furniture to arrive! Luckily just before I left Hawaii I had rediscovered my love of knitting and smartly shoved my knitting needles into a suitcase. What a good thing I did because there was ample time for knitting in our empty house and yarn is plentiful in Germany.
These ear warmers were one of the first things that I knit for myself here. Our house was cold (later we found out that our heat was off. I had just assumed that German houses were cold and I needed to toughen up) and I needed warm things in my wardrobe after two years in Hawaii. Fittingly this was also the first entrelac that I attempted and was made from the first yarn that I bought in Germany (at Globus). It's seen some winters now and last night before bed I discovered a hole. If you're a knitter you know that a hole is something that needs to be acted upon quickly before your entire piece of fabric disintegrates into a pile of dropped stitches - the horror!- so this morning it was the first order of business to mend it. Luckily, even though I've been on a minimalistic rampage lately (Have you read this yet?) I am far too practical to rid myself of woolly leftovers. All it took to find the matching thread was a quick trip to my now-tidy craft room.
I'm happy with the repair and I hope these ear warmers will see a lot of use in our next home. My daughter is a big fan, apparently, which is always something that warms my crafty heart. Make do and mend. Mending moments, especially those that have to do with anything handmade, make me feel incredibly human and grateful for my hands and tools. So many things that I knit have been outgrown by my two little girls so having an item that's been worn long enough to develop wear and tear is something else for which to be joyful. I hope for many years of making and mending ahead of me.
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