I follow a very talented young Zambian lady on Facebook and instagram, called Monde Mutumba Chisenga, owner of Monde’s Threads. One day she posted photos of infinity scarves she made from African fabric on her Facebook and Instagram pages. I loved them and I thought of making one for myself by hand as I don’t know how to use a sewing machine. Then it dawned on me that I knew how to knit, at least I did years back.
I￼ learnt how to knit when I was very little and when I found out I was expecting, I started knitted for my baby. I don’t know how many sets of booties, bonnets, sweaters and shawls I knitted because I didn’t know the sex of the baby until he was born. I knitted in all the colours of the rainbow lol. When my son was older, I started taking orders and learning new patterns. I could figure out a pattern by just looking at it and then next day I would knit something in the exact pattern but when I moved to Belgium almost 20 years ago, I didn’t knit anymore because my job was too demanding, so I didn’t have much time left to do anything else and I forgot most of the patterns.
When I saw Monde’s scarves, I was motivated to start knitting again and I decided I would try knitting a woollen infinity scarf. The following day, I went shopping for wool and started knitting and I knit one in garter stitch (knit & purl), the basic knitting pattern.
I knit the first pink infinity scarf and shared it on my Facebook page and everyone loved It and started pressing orders and guess who my first international client was? Monde Mutumba Chisenga herself, the one who started It all. She ordered a pink and red scarf, all the way from Memphis, US and that was the beginning of my knitting passion. I started re-learning the patterns I had forgotten by watching Youtube videos and now I knit them for friends. I have orders almost every week, which I am so grateful for because an extra euro definitely makes a huge difference in Doreen’s world.
FYI, I am not 80 years old, I just love knitting because Its fun, relaxing and I can make a few euros out of it ;-).
Thank you Lord for blessing me with these creative hands
Do you love knitting? If you don’t, you might want to try It 😉
via Daily Prompt: Knit.