Anne, do NOT read this entry!
Wednesday November 28th 2007, 1:09 pm
Filed under: Knit

I had it all planned out. I found just the right yarn at TKGA–she wanted dead white, but how often do you find that in a natural animal fiber? And then I found close enough to it in the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn, with the radiance of the silk increasing the perception of whiteness. Perfect. I knitted it up, and now it just needs a good blocking.

I’m from a family of six kids, and we long ago decided that sanity mandated that we only give to one family amongst the siblings each year at Christmas on a rotating basis. I was giving to Anne this year, and I was fairly proud of myself for getting that knitting task out of the way all in good time. She would love it. I couldn’t wait.

Talking to my brother on the phone last night, he mentioned whom he was giving to, and I did a doubletake. Wait, that means… He counted on his fingers out loud: “Yeah, that means you’re giving to Marian.”

I *what*?

The sister who’s allergic to all animal fibers? The one whom none of my stash would match? The one whom I have not yet knitted anything for because there was no particular reason I should for the moment and oh my now what do I oh goodness.

“Who’d you give to last year?” he asked me.

Like I ever remember? But wait, I last made Marian that afghan that… Um, yeah, it has been awhile…

And thus begins the insanity you knew was coming. My husband helpfully said I should put Anne’s shawl away for next year. Dude, I pointed out, Anne comes after Marian, Carolyn, and Morgan–I am not putting it away that long! I made this for her, she’s getting it and that’s that!

(The copy of the book is my author’s proofs pages, which I had spiral-bound at a copy shop for $1.13. The picture is lopsided because, well, I am.)

Note that I am hiding the picture at the bottom of this post. You think she’ll miss it down here? You think she’ll obediently close the screen and go, oh, right, better not look at that?

Right. Have you met my little sister?

Wanda’s Shawl for Anne from Wrapped in Comfort

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That is one of my favorite patterns from your book. Now to get my Lace skills up to snuff :-}

I just convinced my mom to accept a garment knitted by me. (I’ve been trying for 3 years now.) She never has cold hands or feet, hates being too warm, but admitted that, of an evening, she gets chilly shoulders. She has decided I can knit a raglan shrug. *yay!*

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.28.07 @ 4:20 pm

Alison, you could try one of the new bamboo yarns or some tencel for Marian. They would make a wonderful shawl.

Comment by Nancy Web er 11.28.07 @ 6:45 pm

Nice mistake. Your sister will love it. You can’t wait to give it to her. It is my favourite pattern in your book. You know she is going to look.

Comment by Vicki 11.28.07 @ 7:23 pm

Aw, bummer! Can’t you ask to swap with the person who has Anne?

Comment by Amanda 11.28.07 @ 8:55 pm

I’m thrilled to see another large family does the rotating basis through the siblings – it’s been so nice for all of us to know well in advance who we give to each year. Usually, though, someone checks with someone else before the end of November about who has who this year, if for no other reason than to say “What should I get so-and-so this year?”

Comment by Colleen 11.29.07 @ 6:50 am

Being a “little sister” myself I can
honestly say – she IS going to peek!
It looks great – it was meant to be.

Comment by Sue H 11.29.07 @ 7:17 am

The shawl is just beautiful! What? no peek?
Hi Anne! 😉

Comment by Toni 11.29.07 @ 9:25 am

I’m a little sister. It’s in the Code-of-Little-Sisterhood. You totally peek.

It’s beautiful, by the way. I’m sure peeking will in no way spoil the surprise because it’s probably 10 times as gorgeous in person!

Comment by Paula 11.30.07 @ 10:28 am

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