Winter Knitting

Mornings are for writing
any time of year;
early light and birdsong
inspire images and words.
But on winter evenings,
when chilly draughts
catch me unawares,
knitting needles and a ball
of brightly coloured yarn
keep me cheered and warm.
Their gentle click is comforting
and I enjoy the counting
of stitches and rows
that keeps me on my toes.

Kim M. Russell, 31st July 2019

Winter Knitting

My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: not-so-old-fashioned hobbies

Magaly is looking after us with this midweek motif while Susan is having a little break. The prompt is not-so-old-fashioned hobbies, inspired by her reaction to a pamphlet that calls gardening, baking, sewing, dancing and poetry writing “old-fashioned hobbies”!

Magaly asks us to write new poems about not-so-old-fashioned hobbies, such as gardening,  baking, sewing, dancing, candle making or poetry writing – any activities we do regularly, which bring us pleasure.

She has also shared poetic inspiration from Thomas Hood, Amy E. King and Louise Hayley.

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38 thoughts on “Winter Knitting

  1. Nice, never got further than a row of knit and purls, never understood how to form it into anything sensible, Crochet on the other hand well there in lies a comforting past time to me

    Loved your poem
    much love…

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  2. I never learn to knit. It’s not the most common of pastimes in the hot-as-who-knows-what Caribbean. But I’ve always been enthralled by that knitting act, the sounds, the expressions on the knitter’s faces. I bet knitting is like writing a poem (with needle and yarn).

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  3. I used to knit. Nothing complicated just plain and purl. I gave up smoking years ago by knitting a queen size bedspread (both sides) Each square padded. Never knitted since then (1994) but still have all my wool and needles:)

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  4. Your poem triggered some memories. I used to knit a lot too, specially sweaters. All kinds of design I used to get from my colleagues in school. But now I have no energy left. Love your words and that cute blanket.

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  5. Oh my that’s absolutely stunning, Kim!! ❤️❤️ I especially love and resonate with; “Their gentle click is comforting.” 😀

    PS: Sorry for being so late .. new job .. completely swamped these days.. 🙂

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