The yarn knew
Thursday March 15th 2012, 11:21 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit,Knitting a Gift,Life

And guess who was there tonight.

That same couple–and their baby, whom I hadn’t seen since she was an infant, 11 months old now and almost walking; she and I played for quite awhile. Peek a boo! *giggle giggle giggle*

And Penny and her husband, too.

She had been diagnosed with lymphoma shortly after I knitted her that shawl, and it was a comfort through all those months of treatment and solitude as her chemo-battered immune system could tolerate no risks for months and months.

That yarn had known exactly whose it was from the get-go.

I showed her the project I was working on–and admitted that although it had absolutely demanded to be made, and I’d thought I’d known who it was for, the further along I got into it the less sure I was that that was where it was meant to be.

And so I have already decided what I really will make for the person I’d been aiming towards, while this? I don’t know. I just know I have to knit it. Monday, when I rescued its UFOness from oblivion, I actually only had the first four rows on the needles; now it’s halfway done.

She reached to touch the Findley yarn and exclaimed, Ooooh! As she did so, I suddenly knew: this was exactly the pattern I had knit for her.

Everything came together in good will from both of us in that moment towards whomever it holds in its future.

Monday, it was going to be a different pattern in the body but my counting was off, and so…

I told Penny in mock indignation, My knitting bosses me around! She guffawed–she knew. Hers does too.

I’m curious to see what will come next with this. I do know that yarn time is in its own variable universe.

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Bossy yarn! In the second photo Parker seems to be thinking, ‘How does this thing work?’

Comment by Don Meyer 03.16.12 @ 8:46 am

the right yarn to the right person at the right time!

(someone once told me that about my art work at shows, and I think its really true here too!)

Comment by Bev 03.16.12 @ 9:48 am

Mojo is a beautiful thing. Mine went on spring break, but after handing over two baby hats (flame and the nearly preemie cream & green) and a pair of socks (cream and orange, of course!) to a brand-new dad last night, I think it might be at home waiting for me this weekend.

Parker is beautiful too. I love swings too.

Comment by Channon 03.16.12 @ 10:38 am

Such a big boy! What fun to see him out and playing, learning, growing.

I believe you could write a book of short stories on yarn and who it wanted to be knit for!

Comment by twinsetellen 03.17.12 @ 8:04 pm

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