I love to knit.
Most women submitted to psychiatric hospitals are taught to knit as it is seen as having a therapeutic effect. Well, should I ever get there, I can skip that lesson. The repetitive mechanisms of knitting is not only therapeutic, it is a wonderful outlet for creative energy. And I live out my creativity by knitting throws and blankets in the form of quilts. Each blanket is unique and is given a lining for extra warmth and to ensure that it keeps its shape.
I have found that the blankets sell quite easily although it is extremely difficult to determine price. At what price do I sell something that contains a bit of me? I however, soon realized that even if I did sell them, I could never keep up with demand as I have a day job and my time to knit is limited to evenings and weekends only.
I then discovered a wonderful upliftment project in Mabopane called Lesedi la Batho (the “light of the people”). It is such a happy place with lots of projects running. I am now teaching women there how to knit as I need more hands to produce more blankets at greater speed. Once they are skilled knitters, I plan to provide them with wool and patterns and to buy the knitted blocks from them. At the same time, the women are empowered with a skill they can use to make stuff they could sell in addition to the money they will make by selling me their blocks.
We have had Lesson 1: How to cast on and how to knit in garter stitch. Soon we will have Lesson 2: How to cast off, knit stocking stitch and read simple patterns. It is very exciting. The women are eager to learn and seem to love it.