Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today

Our day started like any other...  but on  the way down to breakfast, my daughter slipped and hit her head. Hard. She was not being careless, nor going too fast. It just happened. In one second our day shifted. That's sometimes how it goes. 

After ice packs, arnica, and a loving lap had done their trick... a request came in. "Can I learn how to knit today?" Now this wasn't the first time my girl had asked, but I stopped knitting around the time I started blogging, and haven't felt very confident in my rusty abilities. When my teary eyed daughter asked today, I got out the soft pink yarn she had been coveting. I didn't even bother with the good beginning needles. I tried what I had in my basket... a circular 6 and we just went for it. I figured she'd hold the needles with me and we'd make her a garter stitch scarf together. I underestimated the deftness of those little 5 year old fingers. After several rows, she GOT IT! In order to have her feel some speedier gratification, I cast on (with bigger needles) for a teeny tiny scarf for her bunny (who had hit her head, too). We sat side by side knitting our pink scarves, and I smiled at the strange twist our day had taken.
the day she learned to knit...
Hours later, when her head began to ache everywhere, her doctor sent us fleeing to the emergency room.  I grabbed my keys... and gathered that pink yarn up, too. When my husband arrived at the hospital, he found us all quiet and relaxed. My son had a book and we had our pink scarves. Thankfully, our girl is just fine.

I doubt we'll ever forget the day she learned to knit... 
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36 comments:

  1. How wonderful that she'll have a happy memory to hopefully temper the scary memory! Hugs to all!

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  2. so happy everything didn't become unraveled:)

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  3. I hope she is feeling better soon at least the doctor wait didn't feel too long.

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  4. I'm so glad she's okay! How old is she? My daughter wanted me to teach her too... I am not very good at all, but I can knit a little bit. I thought the same as you, that I would be holding her hands, but she caught on and was knitting away in no time! I wish I didn't underestimate her so often...

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  5. I do hope she feels better soon. I can't wait to see the end result of both pink scarves.

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  6. I'm glad she's OK! That is scary ... but it's amazing how quickly she caught onto knitting. Took me a lot longer. And I was in my 20s. Ha!

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  7. I am so glad she is ok. Sometimes these are the perfect moments to bring in such sweet moments! mother-daughter-knitting-pink scarfs-so sweet!

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  8. Glad she's ok. Looks like she took to knitting right away.

    Although we never learned how to knit together, I taught my girls how to use the sewing machine. They each made pajama shorts.

    Last week, my college daughter came home and gave me her jeans to fix,-oh well, I can only hope! :)

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  9. What an amazing story, and an unexpected teaching moment! Thanks for sharing! (And I'm glad she's fine...head injuries are scary.)

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  10. so glad your girlie is alright. head injuries can be so scary.

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  11. Oh I'm so glad your daughter is okay. So glad that she caught on to knitting so fast, even with an aching head. I've gotten knitting books and needles and lots of yarn for my girls, but they have not caught on yet. They just like to watch me which I think is hilarious...because it can't be very entertaining, tee hee. Well wished to your girl,

    Jamie :)

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  12. Oh! Poor girl and poor mom! You just never know what a day will bring. How sweet that she wanted to knit - she'll feel so proud to have made the bunny scarf. Cute bunny too!

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  13. Oh, Maya, I am so glad that she is OK!
    How bittersweet...
    Zoe has asked me repeatedly to teach her how to knit. She feels jealous that I get to teach my workshop and she can't go!
    I know that she will soon refuse to learn much, short after we start. That is just the way it is these days with her! But I will still try it.

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  14. Well I'm glad she's fine! Those pink scarves...oh the memories they contain! And they aren't even finished!

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  15. This is so sweet Maya- it made me want to tear up. I am so glad I read this right before going to sleep.

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  16. What a beautiful picture! Glad that little head is OK and that those little fingers are doing their thing.

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  17. Oh lots and lots of love to al of you - what a fright you had and then what a sweet ending!!!

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  18. I love it. my eyes are tearing. the day she learned how to knit...
    what a wonderful day it is to teach our ladies to work with their hands creatively! God is so good.

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  19. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad she is okay! And what a truly sweet thing to teach her to knit and that she wanted to learn so much.

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  20. Very glad to hear she's okay! A trip to the emergency room can be scary- especially for mummies!

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  21. So glad to know that your daughter is okay, head bumps can be kind of scary. Yes, a very memorable way to learn how to knit :)

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  22. So glad she is okay and while not a perfect memory, it will be one she won't forget and pink makes everything better after all....I was just remembering the one time my son fell and hit his head, mother's worst nightmare come true....some things we mom's never forget.
    xox Corrine

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  23. What a sweet story and I am so glad she is ok!

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  24. Oh Maya I'm happy to hear your daughter is OK
    Terrible things can happen in a split second. So glad she was "lucky". Much love to your family.

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  25. so glad she is okay!....and smiling about that memory you will always share. my post yesterday was about stitchable moments at the doctor's office with my mom.... of course, there are knittable ones too.

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  26. how scary! I'm always worried that my kids might get hurt... but that's part of life, isn't it? I'm glad she is okay though.

    And now I am amazed that she is knitting at 5! I wonder if my son would like to knit, or if my 3yo daughter could knit, too.

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  27. Yes, I doubt either of you will forget the day. Blessings to your family!

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  28. I love it. Not that she hit her head but what hitting her head turned into. I don't know myself, I crochet, but I love knit things! It's wonderful that she is learning so early. I waiting until I was in my 20s to pick up my yarn addiction. I think I'm just excited that there is another yarnie in the world. Start 'em young!

    Maybe in a couple years she can learn to spin her own yarn! AHAHA! Maybe I'm just being a little over zealous for you guys. (I love handspun, though)

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  29. I love several aspects of this story, the changing of the day, the learning to knit and the photo and of course that she is alright and you are both fine.

    I really enjoy your blog.

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  30. oh, maya! i'm so relieved to hear that all is well. sending love your way! xo

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  31. Never a dull moment with kids around. I'm so glad everything turned out alright. Big hugs your way.

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  32. 5 & knitting. Wow. My daughters keep asking me to teach them but I'm not sure they'd get it.
    Glad to her your daughter is fine. Kids bash themselves up something rotten. My youngest is sporting a huge bruised cheek from falling head first into the side of a kitchen cupboard.

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  33. I thought I'd seen you all go by . . . . I was in bed at the ER that day. I am so glad your daughter is okay! (And glad to be home myself, too).

    xo

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  34. What a wonderful and scary story all wrapped into one. I'm so glad that she's ok. Amazing how a day can turn in an instant.

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  35. Thats adorable! We have been making scarves for our sock monkeys here!

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