Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

Knit, purl, knit, purl,

give the spool another whirl,

pray I do not drop a stitch,

let me add just one more inch,

never mind – make it two

and soon I’ll have a wrap for you,

any shape, any size

in Dutch blue just like your eyes,

put it on o’er your head

or wear it as a shawl instead,

hold it tightly like a hug

or roll it out like a rug,

spread it on your bed at night

or in the closet out of sight.

He loves me, he loves me not,

doesn’t matter, I’m still caught

stuck inside a ball of yarn,

unravel me between your arms

then hold me to your face – pretend

that I can kiss your face again.

Knit, purl, knit, purl,

give the spool another twirl

and when at last we’re all unwound

I will put my needles down.


© 2013  Betty Hayes Albright


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(with apologies to Charles Dickens)


Was Madame DeFarge

recording events

or was she creating reality

with the click-click

of her needles?

Yarn spun from infinity,

scarf stretched to eternity –

like you and me

in the worst of times

we knit and pearl them

into our best.


©  1999, 2016   Betty Hayes Albright


If memory serves me correctly (from high school!) Charles Dickens’  A Tale of Two Cities takes place during the French Revolution and begins,  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.

Madame DeFarge was an old woman who sat on the sidelines, always knitting and observing events. It was implied that she was somehow encoding history into her knitting – an idea I found intriguing.


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