Without the energy to start a new knitting or sewing project, much less decide on one, I experimented on knitting the same thing — a small leaf — in different materials: yarn, wire, plastic bag shreds, and dried grass. The straight-up yarn leaf in marled red came out pretty nice, and it’s in the banner photo above.
With me, Grace sat and clicked her needles, too. She has a few projects going on, all in yarn. (She loves beginnings. Me? I like finishing.) She admired my yarn leaf and even the one done up in green plastic, from loops I had cut from a grocery bag.
About my attempt to harvest, tie together, and knit the dried ornamental grass that grows alongside our driveway, she said, “Now that’s a waste of time.”
“I don’t think so,” I replied.
“Why are you doing it? It doesn’t even look good!” Grace smiled; I know she loves me.
“It’s an experiment. Somethin’ to do. And I’ll learn something.”
I learned that grass is difficult to tie together securely, although not difficult to knit, albeit with care. Furthermore, odd textiles do not always make for odd beauty — sometimes the result is just a wicked mess.
I also was reminded that the mind makes interesting associative leaps while the hands are busy. The needles and my fingers seems like a convergence of beaks; I was a bird among birds, building a nest. For eggs. For baby birds.
Or for baby Moses, in his rush basket on the Nile River, with his sister Miriam watching him.
Or baby Barbie, in his knitted leaf nest on the green chair, with Jane photographing him.