27 Oct 2015

Finding My Roots through Knitting


My newest project is tentatively titled, “Finding My Roots through Knitting” and it’s going to be some kind of book with a companion pattern collection inspired by the women in my family tree. Yeah, that’s all I know so far.

I just finished filling an entire journal with notes and sketches circling around the concept of my roots — what are my roots? where do I come from? what and who have been the major influences in my life?

Finding my Roots through Knitting

I have no idea what this project will turn into or when it will be sharable but I do have something I want so share now, a post by my friend, author Susan J Tweit, about the radical idea of returning to our roots.

Did you know that the root of the word radical is “of or having roots,” from Latin radix (genitive radicis) “root” (see radish) — isn’t that rad?

Susan’s roots are, of course, different than my own. But the concept of being rooted and being true to ourselves and where we come from is the same. Susan wrote, “The idea forming in my mind is both rooted in and integrates those sometimes separate areas into a mission given urgency by Barry Lopez’ comment over our lunch a week and a half ago that he feels we are in a time of perilous unraveling–unraveling of human culture, of our connection with each other and with the planet that is our home.”

My Taproot is Knitting

For me that speaks of knitting. My taproot is knitting. It is in many ways my deepest root and the one that connects me to everything else. And I believe through knitting, I can find a way to reverse this unraveling process that Susan mentions. I hope you enjoy her post and are inspired to explore your own roots and help us stop the world from unraveling.


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3 Responses to Finding My Roots through Knitting
  1. I find this synergistically and serendipitously most interesting. 😀 I follow Susan’s work (took a writing class from her and my house (past) in Salida is a stone’s throw from her house in Salida though we did not live in Salida at the same time). Donna, I read your blog posts and have subscribed to two of your Craftsy classes. I am very much looking forward to your book. Oh yes, I knit, and knit, and knit. I also teach knitting at my local community college.

    • I love connections! So glad to hear from you here. I knit and knit and knit too. That’s so cool that you teach at the Community College. Are the classes popular? Are they for credit or adult education? Either way, that’s just wonderful!

  2. Molly – you can get whole books on knitting bneaklt squares! I usually use double knitting yarn with a smallish needle to keep the squares from being too stretchy (the ones I’m knitting at the moment are a bit looser than I’d usually make, as they’re to match some old squares found under the bed) … either plain garter stitch or moss stitch :)Maggie – thanks! xRie – oh, it’s horrid when it’s too hot to knit or sew! hope it cools down a bit for you soon 🙂

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