First off, I’d like to welcome all the followers of my good friend Jen’s Down Cellar Studio podcast. You were the original inspiration for this piece. Because of you, I’ve found a great theme to share with everyone as we enter a new year!
While on my journey around the world, Jen asked me to look for something totally outside my wheelhouse- knitters!
This mission has gotten me scolded in Berlin and almost run over in Rome. That happened while trying to take a photo of this ancient yarn store in the old Jewish ghetto. For some the pic may turn out sideways. It’s right side up for me. Story of my life! But my most recent discovery was someone that had quite the opposite effect: he warmed my heart and taught me a good lesson.
At first I was taken aback by nineteen-year-old Freddie. He has long wild hair and rings all over his fingers. Even though I’ve lived in New York for the past ten years, I sometimes still see the world with the eyes of a girl who grew up in a small town outside of Boston.
Lucky for me, Freddy has a kindness and positive energy that radiates. Despite my misgivings, we became friends.
Over a cup of tea by the ocean in Essouaria, Morocco, I learned he was a knitter. What luck! So I peppered him with questions.
What are you knitting on?
“I’ve been working on the same jumper for ages,” he replied with an accent straight out of Devon England.
“Jumper means sweater, right?”
Freddy was kind enough to send me a photo of said “jumper.” He described it as, “Autumnal- pink, orange, white and brown. It sounds bizarre, but works amazing.”
And so it does!
A check on his Facebook page, indicates this current project is over 4 years old!
How did you learn to knit?
“I was twelve-years-old and bored at a friend’s house. Within an hour I was addicted.”
When do you knit?
“I’m an evening knitter. There’s also something very romantic about knitting in winter by the fire, ball of yarn in your lap.”
“You would just take it out during a biology lesson,” Freddie’s school friend Oliver interjected as the seagulls screeched in the background.
Going a little deeper, I learned that Freddie was traveling during his gap year, a break many Brits take between high school and university. His intended focus will be Viking and Old Norse Studies.
“What a piece of work,” I thought. A piece of work indeed. He walked me home at night when I lost my way and helped me negotiate a great price for a dress I bought in the market.
By accepting who Freddie was at face value, I got to have fun and learn so much.
So that is my hope in the New Year for all of us, acceptance of other’s, more importantly ourselves. Embracing our own true nature so we can have fun and learn in the coming year.
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