Monday, January 27, 2014

Auntie M's Hat!

There’s absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.
Everybody should be free to go very slow….
What you want, what you are hanging around the world for,
is for something to occur to you.
                             Robert Lee Frost


I am  pretty sure most of you know I live on a working farm and yes I do work hard but since this “Polar Arctic Vortex” came along I just don’t want to talk about it so I will be posting stories of things that will take me away from that for a tale or two.


It was 6:30 on a Friday morning and I was sitting at the train station. I had my most treasured travelling companion sitting on the chair beside me, an old blue backpack, the one that has seen many travels and adventures the most memorable and exciting one being that Train to Vancouver trip. Today I had a new travel companion, a bag with three balls of coloured yarn all mixed together into a gigantic ball and a pair of circular knitting needles. I settled in.


I had been debating on bringing my tablet and sit surfing the net as usual but I felt this need to leave the technology at home for this trip and thought I would try to free my mind and start working on a hat I had promised my Auntie M. I certainly knew I had lots of time there in the train station since I was four hours early. Why you ask…. well, the ticket was cheap and My Hero could drop me off on his way to work. A chance to spend some time and conversation with My Hero while driving early in the morning just before my going away for the weekend and in turn leaving him to do all my chores was something I wanted to do.

On reaching the station I hugged him goodbye and told him to be careful during the darn cold and snowy weekend forecasted and I would see him Monday evening and left him with the words, do not forget to pick me up; we both laughed knowing that would never happen. He would certainly notice the quietness of the house while I was gone.

The train station was empty except for a man pushing a broom, a man standing behind the ticket counter, and there was also a young lady brewing coffee at the snack bar. I pulled off my coat and dragged the needles out of my bag and cast on. I thought about the two other hats stuffed in my bag one for my brother the artist and one multi-coloured fancy red one to impress the people in the big city, this is my story so I can say that.


I laughed when I thought of the time I showed my friend the extremely talented knitter the many hats that I had knitted and she had called me an artist. I was flattered but then I started to think if she thought of it as an art piece because they are not your typical hats as I never stick to the so called “normal” colours or the fact that I have not yet read a pattern I just sort of go with it. I knew I had taught myself to purl, thank you You Tube, and now these hats were starting to look like others I have seen but I must admit they are still a little more wonky than most. I do hope that artist comment was not about the wonky. I do know Artists who their mistakes sometimes worked out for the best.

It was half an hour before my train arrived and I could not believe the time had went so fast and Auntie M’s hat was almost complete, I searched the bag for a darning needle to tie off but realized I had not remembered that little detail, I tied it off as best I could and cut the yarn with those childproof plastic handled scissors I had threw in my bag earlier that morning just in case, that is when I looked up I could see how full of people the station was now. I could not believe I was so engrossed in this little project I had not noticed. There was a woman across the row of seats watching me as I tried on the hat, not worrying about messing up my hair at all. She was so lovely dressed and looked very sophisticated and I thought she was thinking about what a country bumpkin I was and like I just came off the farm, true but I guess I did not want to be thought of like that. I smiled at her, she commented “Nice hat”, thank you, I smiled and pulled off Auntie M’s hat and stuffed it into my bag.


It is funny I never in my life thought I would be sitting in the middle of crowd in a very packed train station early in the morning knitting in public and not really worrying about how it looked to others watching my clumsy wonky technique that I seemed to have picked up, I have only knitted alone and with my Mom at the nursing home and with the other lovely ladies who sit with her, my Mom would always point out my bad technique. I am ashamed that I judged that very beautiful sophisticated lady by her looks and her mannerisms on what she may or may not have been thinking about this country girl just off the farm trying on a hat. I will not make that mistake again. You never really know what anyone is thinking.

The loud speaker announced my train…. All aboard…. I pulled on my fancy red hat, pulled on my coat and smiled and then stuffed my knitting bag into that old repaired blue backpack companion and slung it over my shoulders then headed across the snow covered sidewalk and up the steps of the train. Look out Toronto here I come, another artist….. I like the sound of that. Thanks Mom for those lessons.


Later

49 comments:

  1. I bet you the fancy lady was wishing she was more like you...

    You are really getting good at this knitting thing... I'm impressed. xo

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  2. You are an artist! I definitely can't create hats like that. I think you were smart to leave the technology at home.

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  3. you know what I thought......she too could have been a part time sophisticated lady and a part time farm girl. I know folk who commute to the big city to work some days and who work from home others......and they look so different for each "job."

    Glad you got something accomplished during your long wait. I am always too nosy people watching when waiting!!

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  4. You've come a long way since those first lessons and you are a much braver knitter than I....I have such a weird way of handling the needles I would never knit in public. I remember my gran, needles pumping like pistons. How I wish I could knit like that.

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  5. I'm impressed you are making hats on circulars already. Most people I know, including myself, make scarves for the first few years! You are an artist! Oh...Haven't you heard? Country Bumpkins (farmers) are the new Sophisticated Ladies!

    Cindy Bee

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  6. Love those hats, Buttons! You'll have to teach me to knit someday. By the time we finally get to meet, you'll be a pro for sure...and my technique will be the one that is wonky! :)

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  7. Knitting and crocheting are indeed time passers... I used to do both when my kids were still at home. I never could follow directions because I was self taught, so most of my creations were afghans, most of which I still have. I have a wish list of clothing I would love to be able to knit...maybe one day. You have really done well since you first sat with your mom to learn how to knit.

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  8. Some nice hats! You are good at knitting. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  9. I think your hats are beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week Buttons!

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  10. Miss B,
    You are your own kind of beautiful. You are an artist of hats, words, photos and more.

    In addition, your creative outlet is something you share with your Mom. Very neat.

    Stay warm!

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  11. a great way for you to spend the time - engrossed in your own thoughts.

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  12. Wow, you are really moving along with what your Mom taught you. I'm sure as ever, that she is so proud. It's been awhile since I've taken the needles out and thanks to you, today is the day. I've been wanting to make a headband for my Mom and I definitely think this will be a knit one also. Love your creations and the chunky yarns.
    Keep on knitting from one country bumpkin to another. Live!!!

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  13. Goodness those hats will sure come in handy in this harsh winter we've been having this year!

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  14. It is so true what you say, not to judge that book by it's cover :-) such a simple little reminder from an appreciative audience, I'm of the opinion that people don't really think about me as much as I think they do, lost in their own worlds but it is a difficult habit to break. I love trains, and I have done a few almost across Canada train trips, all memorable with quite a few life lessons learned along the way. I hope the Artist had fun in Toronto.

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  15. Hi B, all of your handcrafted hats a lovely.
    I enjoyed your thoughts, especially when you thanked you Mom for her lessons.. that was a precious thought.
    Warm hugs :)

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  16. You are definitely an artist, B! You have taken to the knitting like a natural, and I think it's great that you are not afraid to try something to see how it goes. And you are so right--we don't know what others are thinking, so why try to guess? I hope you had a good time in Toronto. :-)

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  17. Awwwww, that was a sweet little story. How super that you could lose yourself, in your knitting.

    Wow, I can't imagine ever getting good enough, to be able to do that. Just reading the words "circular knitting needles," scares the pants right off me!!!! LOL...

    Oh and I hope Auntie M has red glass frames, to wear with her hat! They look super together.

    Tessa~

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  18. Nothing wrong with being a country bumpkin, but I know that feeling of being judged that way and how once judged, you try not to judge others in the same way. It is wonderful to think that someone is actually doing something constructive with their 'free' time instead of being on some 'device'. Here I sit on my 'device'. How's that? :) Knitting is an art, for sure. Hugs xo Karen

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  19. it's so much better, to pass the time productively, when we have to wait!!

    i often use my ipad to read blogs, surf the net and do other fun things to pass "waiting" time!! i don't enjoy sitting idle!!

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  20. I like your knitting's .I do love the way you write of your adventures . I can so see and feel it all in your writings I would of loved to of been there with a camera and take photos of you there knitting with not a care in the world . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  21. What a nice post and your adventure. I just love it. I also hope you are having a nice time. I can't wait to hear about your trip. I have sat and waited so much, I really have though about picking up my knitting again so I can have something to do.

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  22. B,

    I bet the lovely lady watching you wished she had a nice warm hat made by you. Enjoy your visit with your Aunt. Your Hero will be waiting at the station for his Sweet Wife!

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  23. Our mothers are allowed to point out our shortcomings. After all, that is how we learn, right?
    I don't take trains but I do do the Greyhound. Love knitting on the bus. And at the rest stops, someone often asks me questions which I always use as a teaching opportunity (and sometimes a learning opportunity too!!)

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  24. Wonderful hats!
    They look so warm!

    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  25. Great story! I'll bet the lady was thinking the same thing I would have been thinking...I wish I could knit!

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  26. not sure what it is - but every time i get a comment from you i get really excited!! ( :
    i am like yippeee "happy dance" i got a comment from "Buttons" ... so fun. i love the hat with red glasses eyes. happy week for you.

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  27. Good choice to leave the technology behind. Look at the beautiful work you created while waiting. I'm sure the "sophisticated" lady was truly enamored with your skills!

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  28. Love this, Buttons! Anytime you knit a hat, you are an artist!

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  29. Love your hats and your story today. It is amazing when one gets engrossed in a project, that what is around you is not affecting your creation.

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  30. That was a cute story. It is so easy to make up stories in our own minds of what others are thinking. It can be fun, but more often, stressful.

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  31. Most Excellent Post - and - see??? You ARE an Artist!

    the hats are gorgeous!

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  32. Of course you're an artist, and a self-taught one too ! I love the story and I think the classy lady ( the other one besides you ) was probably wishing she'd have thought to bring her yarn & knitting needles.

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  33. I'll bet if your blue back pack could talk, it could tell some stories almost as fun and yours.

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  34. Oh, those hats!! You know me and my love for homemade. A noggin in a homemade hat...love!

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  35. What a fun story. I need to learn how to knit.

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  36. Glad you enjoyed your time knitting while waiting for the train. Auntie M's had is so pretty. you are an artist and I bet that lady wished she could knit too.

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  37. I bet that 'sophisticated lady' wished she were as creative and self-sufficient as you!

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  38. You are getting very clever with your knitting :) Hot down here, especially when I got home from my dads, was over 35 deg...Hugs M xox

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  39. How true that often we truly do not know what other people are thinking. :))

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  40. You are so talented, my friend, and those hats are terrific! Hope you are healing. Been thinking of you and praying for you~

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  41. Oh Buttons I love the story about your sitting knitting that hat at the railway station. I began knitting when I was about 5 years old and made many lovely things but only one hat (a sort of beanie hat) without a pattern.
    I can't knit now as my old hands are too painful but still manage a bit of crochet now and again. Just rugs I send to the op shop for them to sell and make them some money.
    Keep on with your knitting and I hope to soon hear of more items you have made. I can just hear those needles clicking right now. xx

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  42. We call wonky character over here :). I love to travel with my knitting bag as well. It sure passes the time. Your collection is really growing and lovely. Hope your trip was nice and yay you for leaving the tech stuff at home... Ugh I am sadly always feeling connected to mine.

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  43. Oh I love this story. It's awesome how you were so into your knitting that you didn't even notice all the people around you. That's when you know you are doing something you really love. And it's true about never assuming what other people are thinking. I bet that sophisticated lady was wishing she could do something like knit a hat!

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  44. I always travel with my bag of knitting - I have a tiny bag for small projects and a larger one for everything else. There is nothing better than finding a quiet corner to go about your knitting. It's especially nice when you're away from the cats.

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  45. Another lovely story. You sure learnt to knit fast and be creative. Brave too to do it on a crowded station but there you go compliments came. Well done country girl.

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  46. You really do nice work, Buttons. It's nice to enjoy doing something so much to lose track of time. A train ride is a relaxing way to travel.

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