Friday November 10th 2006, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Knit

(The Elephant Ear promised to behave. We will ignore that it seems to be sticking its tongue out there.)

I admired some yarn from a small farm at Stitches West a few years ago, didn’t buy any, but told my friend Karin about it. Who saw it at Stitches East later that year, bought a half pound, and surprised me with it. Wow.

But it sat there, obstinately refusing to tell me just what it wanted to be when it grew up. Sometimes a yarn will suddenly declare exactly what it has to be; this one, it didn’t seem to be forthcoming.

Till I recently asked my friend Terry, to whom I owe much, her favorite color. “Periwinkle. Wait. What are you up to!…”

Karin recently closed her yarn store, The Periwinkle Sheep, so that she would have more time to relax with her knitting. I had periwinkle dye–and hey! So Karin’s white yarn became what it had been waiting to be all along: a bridge between three people who’ve never met in person, two of whom only came to hear of each other because of the ways they’ve been kind to me.

Every act of generosity touches more people than the original ones involved. So seldom do we get to know… What a treat to be able to introduce those two good people.

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A lovely story and a beautiful way of honouring your two friends. Is this shawl a design from your book? It’s gorgeous.

Comment by Mary Anne 11.10.06 @ 7:14 pm

The periwinkle shawl is beautiful! I second Mary Ann’s question. It looks like a design I’d really like to knit.

But nooooooo, I loved that store. Okay, I had only been there 2 or 3 times, but that’s pretty good since I don’t get to take my kids anywhere without shopping carts (for confinement purposes) very often, and wouldn’t think to drive all the way to Albany without them…I guess I’ll have to stop teasing my husband, telling him I want to go there when he asks what I want to do on the weekend.

Comment by Joni 11.10.06 @ 7:23 pm

Oh, Allison, it’s beautiful. I love the periwinkle and I love the cascading “feathers” around the cape. How wonderful to join two people who love you.

Comment by janel 11.10.06 @ 9:20 pm

Lovely, Beautiful! What beautiful work you do. You are an inspiration.

Comment by Ahrisha 11.11.06 @ 1:47 pm

Thank you, everybody! This was the project in my hands back in one of the hospital photos, when I’d just started it. It’s a one-off, created on the fly, similar to the simpler ones in the book but not actually in there. The yarn for this one came out a bit heavier than the ones in the book.

Comment by AlisonH 11.11.06 @ 8:12 pm

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