Stalking the wild blockedapus
Wednesday September 10th 2008, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit,LYS

stalking the wild blocked-apusYou know, that header really needs a celery stick in the picture to finish it off, but we’re fresh out.  The charcoal shawl, she is finished.

I wrote a draft last night that I will finish when I finish the project it goes with.   A blog stash.  I can’t wait!

Last Thursday at Purlescence‘s knit night, I was feeling very broke, having just paid college tuition and college rent and the first half of my new hearing aids.  I took a good look around the shop, as I always do: looking at yarns is the best way to come up with new ideas.  Colors trigger memories, memories trigger patterns…

And so I noticed just the most drop-dead gorgeous new color ever over that-a-way, in a yarn from Claudia’s Handpaints that for right now was just plain out of my reach.  One look at it and I knew exactly whom it should be for.  Nothing else would do.  I hoped it wouldn’t sell out.  It was just so exquisitely THE color. (Okay, I’m suddenly stuck with Barbara Streisand singing “Misty watercolor memmmmmmoriesssss…” in my head. Shhh, stop, get out of my post!)

Sandi, one of the LYSOs, came over, checking up on me–I’d had a sudden severe bout with my dysautonomia two nights before, and I wasn’t going to mention it, but one look at my worried face and she’d decided to ask what was up.  Those bouts are when the brainstem and the blood pressure and the heart and lungs forget to all stay connected to each other for a little while there.  It had been rough.  I’d reacted to it with the thought, Tina Newton and Lisa Souza both just sent me yarn out of the goodness of their hearts and I am NOT going to die with it sitting in hanks in ziploc bags! Those are going to become LOVE first! BREATHE, you stupid body, BREATHE!!!

A little adrenalin goes a long way, and the body did this, Right-o, old chap, carry on.  And I was fine.  And that was that.

Sandi was hesitant to say it, so I did outright for her: knitting for others helps keep me alive.

And she handed me that Claudia silk I’d been admiring, and said, “Take it.”


And now I have a blog stash and I can’t say… yet. But Sandi–you’re a peach and I adore you.  Knit long and prosper well.

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What a great and thoughtful friend! So glad you were able to get the yarn.
Glad you are feeling better and wishing you good health and no more bumps in the road.
Also, glad to hear I’m not the only one with a tight pocketbook staring at me. I find I will put yarn purchases before clothes purchases.

Comment by Joan 09.10.08 @ 12:55 pm

Behold the power of yarn. (And I can’t get Misty Claudia Fingering….. out of my head)

Comment by Michelle 09.10.08 @ 1:35 pm

Oh that Sandi – she’s a sweet one! Who couldn’t love her? I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with that beautiful new yarn!

Comment by no-blog-rachel 09.10.08 @ 1:38 pm

Bless Sandi’s heart! Oh, I can’t wait to see that yarn…making mental notes so I don’t forget.

Glad you’re okay!!!!
Someday we’ll have one of those “travel like a thought” bodies. Can’t wait for that one. 😉

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 09.10.08 @ 2:42 pm

OK, my caveat about people you care about gifting yarn has exceptions. VBG! How wonderful!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.10.08 @ 3:06 pm

What a wonderful friend, and what a great story! I’m glad that you talked your body back into rhythm, and I love the reason you gave it! I am so behind on my blog reading, but I’m glad that you’re OK. 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 09.10.08 @ 5:21 pm

Wow. Yep, breathing IS good, isn’t it? Don’t you just love the “not so random” acts of kindess when they find you?

Comment by Ruth 09.10.08 @ 5:46 pm

That attack sounded terrifying! What a rollercoaster ride to have something so scary happen and all those bills, and then something as delightful as a gift of perfect yarn. BTW, pity you can’t barter shawls for tuition fees.

Comment by LynnM 09.11.08 @ 6:10 am

It’s karma. GOod people have good things happen to them. And I’m glad it happened to you

Comment by Sandra 09.11.08 @ 7:47 am

How lovely!
Someone who has a few of my shawls mailed a surprise to me this week, although she is not a knitter, she visited her local yarn shop and sent me some beautiful glittery rayon hand dyed yarn, enough for a shawl for me :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.11.08 @ 5:40 pm

I bought some Claudia laceweight silk for my birthday earlier this year. It is marinating in my stash.

Comment by Lynn 09.12.08 @ 5:29 pm

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