If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Esther

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Esther

Esther. A fine-tuned instrument.

If these hands could talk they would likely sing, dance and garden instead. While knitting is definitely one of Esther’s passions, it really needs to take a number and get in line. When she does put down her needles, Esther puts on her walking shoes and takes to the streets and art walks of Mill Valley and its vibrant town square. As part of a jazz A cappella group, Esther and her “Moving Targets” fill this small town with music. We’re just happy she has enough of that energy left for handbags, because her lovely, talented hands knit like fine-tuned instruments themselves.

Born in China, Esther came to the United States where her family opened a restaurant in New York. When she was just eight years old, two of her favorite German customers taught her to not only knit, but to knit the European way. “It’s faster when you knit from the left and puts less stress on your fingers.” The reduced stress approach seems to be working well for Esther who literally has more hobbies and interests than we had fingers to count them on. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Esther moved to Mill Valley to raise 4 girls, 7 grandchildren and 1 great…. her most important pastime yet!

The best part about working with Sarah, says Esther is “talking to the other women…. plus Hector.” We love that she hums when she knits and when asked when she finds the time, she smiles peacefully and says, “first thing in the morning when the sun hits different redwood trees is my quiet time to knit and enjoy the day.” And then the music resumes, the gardening beckons and once again, Esther is off.

Esther Cherk is 81 but looks nowhere near that number. This compliment brings a quick smile and then it’s back to the knitting. She has places to be after all. “I don’t want to waste any time, that’s what gives me pleasure; to never waste a moment.” Amen.

1 Comment

  1. I live in Mill Valley. My 91 year old mother-in-law is visiting me from Cincinnati on Tuesday, November 25th. Her one request is that we meet the women and/or the project at the Redwoods who make the wonderful purses. Is there anyway that we could make a visit on 11/25?
    Please let me know as soon as possible.
    Thank you,
    Gail Stern


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