Did not make it to Cottage Yarns before my appointment, and after, it was just too close to rush hour for that kind of distance.
So I started a new cowl project for the waiting room beforehand even though I’m usually a single-issue knitter.
My gastroenterologist had retired and this was the getting-to-know you with someone new and to get established as her patient before her practice gets full. So far I’ve had pretty good luck on the Crohn’s staying away post-op but you never know.
She spent a lot of time going over my chart with me and asked a lot of questions. She was thorough. (And, in a quick aside, she liked that yarn on my needles.)
Had I ever had a throat endoscopy done? I nodded. Who did it? she asked.
You, I grinned. In the hospital.
Oh wow! Oh so I did!
We totally hit it off. She mentioned that she loves and wears that shawl…and I thanked her but reminded her a friend of mine had knit it to thank her for her part in taking care of me when I’d been so ill in ’09. Ever since, I’d wanted her to have something from me, too–as I pulled a ziploc from my purse such that she could just see the colors inside. Pick one.
She chose the one I so much expected she would and that I had expressly knit for her. The Shibui Maai cowl. (The color is Imperial. Sorry I never took a better photo nor one of it finished.)
I told her that that was the last skein I bought at Purlescence before they closed.
Yes, they did.
She’s a knitter. That flash of regret in her eyes at the news said it all. She stroked her new cowl and exclaimed over its intense softness and told me I didn’t have to do that.
May I, though?
She laughed and gave in and the way she loved that little bit of knitting and felt all that I’d hoped to convey with it was all that a knitter could ever hope for. I’m in good hands in her care–and she in mine.
She didn’t let me leave without a hug.
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