I’ve joined a small group, about six women, who get together to knit, usually on Monday afternoons.
Early in the morning, someone will dash off an email offering to host and the others chime in who can come, who can’t. There’s no pressure. We compare projects and patterns, clacking our needles, counting stitches and rows, measuring gauges, touching yarns.
We chitchat about our families, books, movies, television shows and the news of the day. Many of the knitters are also cyclists; we share ride stories.
Disturbingly, today became another one of those indelible days that will be remembered way beyond what scarf we were working on or which difficult stitches we mastered.
The news about the shootings at the Washington, DC Navy Yard stunned us. In April, on another knitting Monday, we watched the events of the Boston Marathon bombing unfold on television. Today, angry about the lack of gun control laws, we recalled memories of other sad and scary events: the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2002 Washington, DC sniper shootings. We remembered where we where, how we were affected, and how we hope to protect our children. We lamented how times have changed. No longer can parents drop off forgotten lunches, homework or band instruments; there’s a ban on dropping in without an appointment. Some in town have begun a petition, protesting the superintendent’s decision. They believe their freedom to enter schools at whim trumps school safety.
Knitting is a soothing, peaceful endeavor. The repetitive movement of the hands and fingers cooperating and creating something from a ball of yarn is immensely gratifying. Knitting (and other crafts) relieves stress.
Apparently, the perpetrator in today’s shooting is a Navy veteran. It’s unclear whether there was someone else involved. Gun control seems too difficult a battle to win in this country. There are too many of these random incidents. Maybe relieving stress through knitting and yoga can funnel the all too prevalent anger and violence.