Intertwining Loops

Dec 17, 2012

Last Friday, I, like many of you, found myself unable to focus on sustained tasks. 

As news of the Connecticut shooting broke, I was unable to look away. Parents leave their children at school, certain in the knowledge that they will pick them up at the end of the day, have dinner, make weekend plans.

I shifted between news accounts, small work tasks, and a bit of crochet I had just started working on to share with you all.

Cowl adaptation of Elvis 1973 Scarf
Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012


As I began to fail at the small tasks, I finally just gave myself over to the crochet. Its chart demanded that I focus only on it, changing from red to white and back again, pausing occasionally to let the yarns untangle. I watched as the president spoke to the nation, pausing occasionally to untangle his emotions.

I had this need to create something from nothing. To turn two balls of yarn into an unending circle. To fill the empty space.

As I worked the Scandanavian-inspired design, the starflakes morphed into hearts breaking. I persevered through the shape-shifting. The cowl is a gift for my daughter, who, along with my son, was large in my mind. Even as I wrote that sentence, my son called. I kept him on the phone for longer than his usual one minute, grateful to hear his voice. He is very nearly an adult. I cannot fathom not having known him in his childhood.

 

There is so little we can do to help those in pain because of the shooting. For me, likely for you, this intertwining of loops is the best we can do. In this moment.

As I crocheted through Friday afternoon, the story was still unfolding, accounts varying with every network and every newspaper.

Today, we see their smiling faces and our hearts continue breaking.

Hugs to you all,
Marcy


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PattieGraver wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 5:28 PM

Hi Marcy,

Your words are very touching. It's tough not to think about this tragedy without tears in our eyes. I have been wondering all day how I might use weaving as service. I keep thinking about destruction and wondering if sharing our creative skills might help someone out there.

Hugs back at you,

Pattie

liveloveyarn wrote
on Dec 19, 2012 6:37 AM

Marcy- I too found myself reaching for my crochet. I opted for a granny square blanket though. A pattern, a stitch I've worked a million times helped me find comfort. I have never been so absorbed in such a simple project. I think it would be appropriate for me to donate the finished blanket to Project Linus.

Thanks for your words.

Elise

nan@50 wrote
on Dec 22, 2012 10:42 AM

Marcy, Even more than a week later, your words bring back the entire horror of that day.  By now, all those babies have been buried, parents have cried themselves dry, and life is moving on for them and for the town, for the country.

But we will never forget.

nan

nan@50 wrote
on Dec 22, 2012 10:42 AM

Marcy, Even more than a week later, your words bring back the entire horror of that day.  By now, all those babies have been buried, parents have cried themselves dry, and life is moving on for them and for the town, for the country.

But we will never forget.

nan

clickknits wrote
on Dec 22, 2012 12:31 PM

Friends - you can crochet to help.  The Connecticut PTA has asked for snowflakes to be sent to the school so that the Sandy Hook kids will be welcomed back in January to a winter wonderland.  You can check out a page I created on Facebook for more details:  www.facebook.com/SnowflakesForSandyHook

The address is there to send crocheted snowflakes to, and also paper snowflakes.

Hopefully your snowflakes are nicer than mine - I'm just learning :-)