Flower child
Thursday January 17th 2008, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Knit

When Nina was here, I was experimenting and frogging. I woke up the next morning with a mental image of exactly what I really was trying to knit: not this ribbing pattern, not that drop-stitch wave that I’d been trying the evening before, but what I really wanted to knit. For that male nurse.

Baby cables and ribbing framing, in the center of a soft scarf, a knit-purl-patterned hypodermic needle. Such a basic part of his everyday work, and yet something that has been so vitally important to my life the two times I’ve seen him. And he has such a deft touch with them. I pictured the whole thing and worked out the stitch count across the scarf as I lay there–all of which I promptly forgot when I got out of bed, but I later sat myself down on the couch and made myself work it back out again. My brain had it once, I could do it again. I did.

I really, really like it. It’s one of those things where, if you know what you’re looking at, it’s obvious. If you don’t, it’s a pretty pattern. I’m knitting it in the worsted-weight Misti Baby Alpaca Royal I bought at Stitches West a year ago, that I’d wondered why I’d bought such a (for me) heavy yarn. (I know why, it was one of the softest yarns in the whole show and that was the weight it came in. Period.) It’s not spun so loosely that it’ll fall apart at all, and yet, because of the fine micron count and fiber type, it is nevertheless exquisitely soft–the spinners at the mill got the balance exactly right. It’s perfect.

And then I’ll do one with x cables in the center for the x-ray technician.

Meantime, here is the bouquet from Nina, the roses from Phyl and Lee, and the last flower on Sue’s: which has been blooming, with a one-week break in the middle, since the first week of December. Wow.flowers from four friends

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He’s going to love that scarf (well, both of them will actually). 🙂 It’s really the details like a gracefully hidden pattern which leave a smile for years to come. You rock!

Comment by Amy 01.17.08 @ 4:55 pm

I’m glad you’re feeling well enough to simultaneously lie down and think. Usually we take that for granted, but it’s a big step forward from where you are a year ago. Meanwhile, it’s sleeting here. We got gorgeous, huge snowflakes earlier. The church ice skating activity got cancelled, disappointing the girls. And we decided to cancel everything else tonight and stay home. But it sure is pretty. Imagine how lovely it must be, and be glad you’re in California.

Comment by Laura 01.17.08 @ 5:11 pm

The pattern sounds great! I hope you post some pics. Beautiful flowers. Aren’t they just enough to brighten any day? Just a little taste of God’s handiwork for us to enjoy.

Comment by Lisa 01.17.08 @ 5:28 pm

Can’t wait to see some pics of these new WIPs! You’re so thoughtful.

Comment by Amanda 01.17.08 @ 7:06 pm

Being a Nurse myself I can understand the importance of a Hypodermic needle and cant wait to see the pic of your newest scarf.
I also want to say Thank you so very much for your well wishes for Shadow, he is up and better today tho still very painful. The fact that he is up and moving is a very good sign for his recovery!

Comment by Danielle from SW Missouri 01.17.08 @ 8:13 pm

I’m sorry, I’ve been so caught up in babyland — how’re you doing? Sending love and hugs and chocolate all the way to that other coast there, so that you can feel better supersoon.

Lucy sends kisses too. Germ free ones, as we both are feeling rather craptastic, pardon me for saying so.

Comment by kristine 01.17.08 @ 8:48 pm

What lovely flowers!!!

Sorry I haven’t been by to day hi lately. You know how those deadlines are! 😛

Comment by Romi 01.18.08 @ 12:10 am

I found this poem by Emily Dickinson on Anna’s floor last night.

They might not need me; but they might.
I’ll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.

Comment by Laura 01.18.08 @ 8:56 am

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