The Knitter

To all the fellow knitters & crocheters that know only too well how knitting gets us through this life! Many Happy returns of WWKIP Day to all of us!!!

The Owl Underground Archive II

Larock_Evert-Knitting_old_womanThe Knitter

By Jackie Kay

I knit to keep death away
For hame will dae me.
On a day like this the fine mist
Is a dropped stitch across the sky.

I knit to hold a good yarn
For stories bide with me
On a night like this, by the peat fire;
I like a story with a herringbone twist.

But a yarn aye slips through your fingers.
And my small heart has shrunk with years.
I couldn’t measure the gravits*, the gloves, the mittens,
The jerseys, the cuffs, the hose, the caps,

The cowls, the cravats, the cardigans,
The hems and facings over the years.
Beyond the sea wall, the waves unfurl.
I knitted through the wee stitched hours.

I knitted till my eyes filled with tears,
Till the dark sky filled with colour.
Every spare moment. Time was a ball of wool.
I knitted to keep my croft…

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2 thoughts on “The Knitter

  1. Deborah Bolton

    I like your designs very much. I have some red and white bamboo yarn what has variations in yarn weight throughout. I have a design in my heart but am not a designer. I would like to send you a picture of the yarn and ask if you would consider designing a pattern for it? I will gladly test it for you. The yarn needs an artist to create something for it. A long type vest with the stitch pattern secondary. Thank you.

    1. Hello, Deborah, thank you so much for the lovely comment and for the wonderful idea to create a design for your yarn! Go ahead and email me at :, so that we can discuss details privately and come up with a great design!!! 🙂

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