I was so glad to see this note from Dr. Yarn in my inbox today. It raised my spirits immensely. I hope it does the same for you.
“I am an eight year old knitter. Some of my little friends say there is no Dr. Yarn. Papa says, ‘If you see it in the Twinset blog, it’s true.’ Please tell the truth, is there a Dr. Yarn?”
Yes, Virginia there is a Dr. Yarn. He exists as certainly as love and generosity, devotion, and knitting needles exist, and you know they abound and give life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Dr. Yarn. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance and no knitting to make tolerable this existence. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Dr. Yarn? You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch yarn shops, but even if you did not see Dr. Yarn purchasing yarn, what would that prove? Nobody sees Dr. Yarn, but that is no sign there is no Dr. Yarn. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn, or where knitting needles sometimes disappear? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they don’t occur. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
If you have to pull apart a whole sweater you have just finished, does that prove it never existed? Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, and knitting can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world knitting is one of the things that is real and abiding.
No Dr. Yarn? Dr. Yarn lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, Dr. Yarn will continue to give advice to all young knitters.
P.S. to all adult readers: I’m glad we got that straightened out. Apology to Francis P. Church of the New York Sun.
P.P.S. from Dr. Yarn’s editor: As the illustration may confuse you, let me explain. It is a picture of Selkie looking at Dr. Yarn. What more proof do you need?