Karie Bookish Dot Net

Stitch by Stitch

Nearly ten years ago I fell very ill. I was stuck in bed and was unable to pursue any of my usual activities. The days were passing at a snail’s pace and I grew increasingly frustrated. Then one day I told my partner to head to the local yarn shop to pick up some supplies. I had not been knitting or crocheting for several years, but I thought it may help pass the time.

I did not know that those simple supplies would transform my life.


This is the first hat I made. I still wear it.

When I was unable to feed myself or get dressed, I could knit three rows on a simple scarf.

When I was recovering from going to the hospital, I could sit up in the chair and sew on buttons.

When I needed to catch my breath from walking, I could finish the thumb on some mittens.

When I could hold a conversation, I found a knitting group and made friends.

When I looked in the mirror and recognised myself, I was wearing a handknitted jumper of my own design.

Stitch by stitch I remade my life. Stitch by stitch I became healthier. Stitch by stitch I regained confidence. Stitch by stitch, life changed and so did I.

I am forever thankful for the Making stuff impulse I had one day many years ago.

12 Thoughts on “Stitch by Stitch

  1. Sandra on December 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm said:

    You got me teary eyed, thank you for sharing your story!

  2. Elaine on December 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm said:

    Thank you for your story about picking up the needles again and your perseverance. I have several of your patterns an have already enjoyed knitting some of them while the others are waiting in the queue. Also really enjoyed your posts about the Handmade Wardrobe. Now see, Karie, if you hadn’t “kept on keeping on” I wouldn’t have had the joy of knitting from your patterns and trying to devise my own Handmade Wardrobe!!

  3. Yarn helps solve so many things. Glad it helped you!

  4. Dawn'l on December 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm said:

    So eloquently stated. Knitting has also allowed me to transform myself in ways I never could have imagined. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  5. So simple. So life changing. Step by step, stitch by stitch. Yay you!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your story and yourself. How wise of you to reach out instinctively to reclaim your craft and in doing so, reclaim your life as well.

  7. Shuna Marr on December 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm said:

    It was recovering from being ill that got me picking up my needles again. It was my much needed ‘me time’ :)

  8. E. Robert Ross on December 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm said:

    What a touching story. I have had the creative impulse all my life thanks to my mother and close family friend who were great needleworkers, and shared the philosophy of ‘I could make that’ coupled with considerable knowledge and skill. Knitting has sustained me through some periods in life of forced rest and I really believe that it addresses one of the main frustrations inherent in these periods – complete lack of productivity! Good mental health does depend on a steady stream of satisfying accomplishments from basic house keeping to the really creative projects. So thankful you recovered your health and vitality through knitting!
    Sincerely, Wendy Leigh-Bell

  9. Love it!

  10. Brave, honest post – thank you for sharing.

  11. I didn’t know you had been ill too. I am still stitching my way out of M.E. It has provided much solace, joy, entertainment and friends.

  12. I’m so proud of you to share this story – I’ve been learning how to deal with a chronic illness and some days it feels like I can’t even move, let alone knit. I need to remember that knitting will always be there, waiting to welcome me back.

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