Knit One Red Worm! was the message I sent into the universe in 2000. Amazingly, over 100 knitters, crocheters, felters responded. Two of them were men. One was a man I taught how to knit while we were both vacationing in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Steve became a skilled knitter in no time at all; his creation was one of the more innovative in This Dirt Museum: the Ladies' Room, my kitchen composting installation in Queens, New York, 2001.
And then there was Paul Magnusson, from the state of Washington. He sent me photos of his knit worm draped over his leg, in the woods, told me stories about his knitting. You can see Steve and Paul here--you can't miss either one--on my Cityworm website. Fast forward to last month. I posted on a knit listserv about happenings at Knitty City. And that brought me a hello from Paul with an unusual attachment: this bravura knit piece he'd made after heart surgery a year ago. Coincidence: about the same time as Ron, my spouse. He sent this message:
It would be fun to have my heart posted on your BLOG. A knitting friend suggested that I design and knit a backup heart after my heart surgery, so I did. It is close to actual size, reasonably correct anatomically, including each artery and vein being surgically sewn onto the approporate internal chamber. One can feel the atriums and ventricals inside. It has been fun to share it with the medical people, especially nurses. I just completed the second pair of camouflage mitts with openings for index finger and thumb. This is so one can tweak focus knobs of binoculars or telescopes while birdwatching.
Cathy Carron, author of Hip Knit Hats, has the pattern on her website Pond Edge so you can make one too. "Paul's Warm Heart" is her perfect title.