How to Care

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Knitting, Life Strategy!, Thoughts | 0 comments

This website is new, and it’s incredibly important to me. I’m trying to grow my platform, expand my audience, etc. etc. also I really like blogging etc. etc.

And yet, in this website I’m trying to launch, in preparation for launching a book–make that three books–in the coming months, I haven’t written a post in two months. This is not good launching, people.

I know this, but it’s hard to feel like my knitting is all that important these days. It’s hard to feel like the world won’t end on Friday, so how do we care about anything else?

As usual, it was my daughter who taught me how to care.

I’m going to the Women’s March on Washington. I am making some pussyhats. Maile, wanting to be involved (and also wanting to go to the March, but we’re trying to exercise reasonable parental caution) asked if she could help.

(Forgive the pjs and messy hair. Like I said, having trouble caring lately).

Learning to knit on a #pussyhat #pussyhatproject #womensmarchonwashington #knitting

A video posted by Nikki Van De Car (@nikkivandecar) on

Folks, my daughter just learned to knit making a pussyhat. That is how it is DONE around here, people!

We sat together and knit for hours. She wouldn’t go to bed last night until she’d finished her row, which I totally allowed because hey, I get that. Look at her feet, sitting in that counterintuitive kid way.

Those little feet helped me realize that the world won’t end. Maile reminded me that crafting matters. That creating something with your hands matters. That teaching your child matters.

I’m so proud of her. I’m proud of her for wanting to participate, for wanting to learn, for caring.

“Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.”*

And that means doing yoga, calling our senators, spinning, cleaning the house, marching, going to birthday parties, staying informed through reliable news sources**, teaching my daughter to purl, going for walks in the woods, eating good food, buying the groceries to make that good food, and on and on and on.

We’ll just keep on keeping on, and remember to care about the good, too.


*Yeah, I’m not above quoting Nick Fury.

**Stop reading OccupyDemocrats, Nikki

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