There is a lot of noise in the world. Information is available from all kinds of sources and devices. I hear my grandchildren screaming at Alexa to play them a specific song, to find out the outside temperature, or to get an answer to a math problem. Videos are pervasive – You Tube, tiktoc, Netflix, Prime, Disney +… Along with the videos there are advertisements or what announcers used to call “brief message from our sponsor.” They pop up unbidden on social media or interrupt the You Tube video on how to do a tubular cast on.
Who is curating our messages? Who is the messenger? What is the best way to get our message across to our audience? All good reflection questions.
I like to use knitting as my messenger. That’s where the two hats in the picture come in. I knit them for this couple that befriended my husband and me and convinced us to go to Iceland. We saw breathtaking scenery complete with waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanos. This is where my love of lopi yarn began and I felt it was a perfect way to express my gratitude by sending a message through the hats. I knit each of them a hat with yarn I bought on the trip. The hats sent the message that I cared enough to spend a few hours creating these hats. The best part was getting a note back acknowledging that the receivers were aware of my efforts and my effort was appreciated.
If we want to send a message, sometimes the best messenger is what we do, not what we say.