On a lighter note
Monday November 13th 2006, 1:21 pm
Filed under: Knit

Having had my fourth child a month before the oldest turned six, nearly nineteen years ago, I remember waiting rooms and kids running around and their being bored or tired. I remember how much one kind word or smile from an older parent, remembering, meant to me.

I discovered not too long ago that there are women in Peru who put bread on their families’ tables by handknitting intricate, adorable fingerpuppets; I bought my first one, a penguin, at Stitches West one year, from Pam Bell at Pacific Meadows Alpacas. I put it on the joystick of my motorized scooter that I use for long days out like that, and instantly became friends with every small child being dragged around by their mom that day. Adults who saw it couldn’t help but laugh too.

From there, I’ve bought them by the dozens online, and always keep some in my purse just in case. I try to always ask the parents first before handing one over. It is amazing to watch a waiting room in a doctor’s office be completely transformed as a child goes from not wanting to be in a strange, unsettling environment, to, playing with something cool and new and with a face and personality they can go play with. The whole room lights up in delight at the imagination of a now-happy child.

I was getting low, so I reached into the closet to pull out the bag they came in to replenish my supply. And out came: a blue elephant. Given last week’s election returns, that suddenly struck me as very, very funny. I guess this one’s for me. 

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The parrot you sent me lives in my living room, on this little nail that sticks up out of the doorframe that I never bothered to pound back in. I think he watches over my knitting the same way Gnesha watches over my kitchen. 🙂

Comment by Anonymous 11.13.06 @ 1:47 pm

Cool! I kept my penguin one, and one day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I held it up to show it to one of the penguins a pane of glass away from me, curious to see how it would react. It kept turning its head this side and that, its beak pushing this side and that against the glass, trying to get a better look–that was the smallest preemie it had *ever* seen!

Comment by AlisonH 11.13.06 @ 2:09 pm

Oh so cool and totally charming.

Comment by Cris 11.13.06 @ 3:34 pm

Elina handed her tiger over to Sara who totally loves both her lamb and the now adopted tiger. Thank you so much for helping me out that day in church… :-)/Monica in Sweden

Comment by Monica 11.14.06 @ 2:07 pm

Monica! HI! How are you, and thank you for popping up and saying hi!

Comment by AlisonH 11.14.06 @ 7:48 pm

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