Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Clickedly-click needles

This image from Magpie Tales reminded me of childhood days when mothers in Irish communities used to knit Aran sweaters for the American market.  This provided a secondary income for many households. So this week I dedicate my blog post to all those mothers, including my own Mum, who knitted every week to provide a little extra for their families. 

Dear Mother

Do you remember how you knitted these socks? 
Knit one, purl one with clickedly-click needles.
Do you remember how you held the cable needle?
Between your lips while you turned the heel.
Do you remember the stories?
One for each pattern you knitted.
Do you remember when you knitted a pair for each of us?
Before hands became old and arthritic.
Socks, sweaters, knitted with speed
And love, lots of it.
Do you remember?
I do!