Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you to write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart; acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write....Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create....Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what reward might come from outside.
Sheila, so far as I understand it, must knit. As she tells it:
"There is knitting and then there is knitting. My mother taught me to knit when I was seven or eight, but it seemed to take a long time to make something, and I didn't have much interest for many years. My mother taught me only to knit and purl, but I recently discovered how much there is to learn. There are dozens of different ways to do everything, and intricate patterns of color work and lace, cabling, smocking and entrelac.
I love to learn new things and can't resist a challenge, so I became a Knitter.
I began to be enthusiastic about making specific designs for different people, and that made my gifts more personal. Sports logos or colors (i.e. "Artic Cat green") are a favorite in my family. Everyone seems to understand that making something especially for him is special. It is like giving him or her a little piece of your life, and is appreciated.
Only another knitter, however, can understand the passion for knitting. That is why it is so important for me to meet with other people who can understand. My passion is beyond normal, but there are thousands of us in all stages from interest to obsession."
If you'd like to get involved in the NOPL Knitters, call 699-2534 for more information.