Saturday November 27th 2010, 12:35 am
Filed under: Friends,Knit,LYS

According to the post office, it was supposed to get there today. I have the tracking receipt around somewhere.

And here’s the other part of the story.  Last Christmas, I dragged my daughter into Purlescence and asked her advice on helping me pick out a yarn for an old friend whose wife I have yet to meet. Sam picked out a particular one that met the specs and that she thought would look good on anybody.

I knitted it up: after some thought, I used the Water Turtles pattern that I’d designed for my lifelong friend Karen. It just felt like the right one, even though it might have been cool to do one of the new ones? But, somehow, nah…

I finished it. It was time to tell the couple I’d made it for. And yet… Something felt not quite…  I didn’t know what.

And so it sat there. This quite honestly frustrated me at times because I really did want to get going on what I thought I’d started, giving-wise. But it was stubborn and it just wouldn’t go. Huh.

Okay, then, whatever. And I started keeping my eyes open for just the right shade of green to somehow fix that one, since it had been green and so green it was going to be if that green somehow wasn’t it. Must be the green’s fault.

I did not find anything that felt like *it*.  Stumped. Totally. For months now.

I finally pulled that Water Turtles shawl out recently to look it over, wondering why I’d made it, then, and it hit me like a boat straying under the falls at Niagara: duh! Karen’s widowed sister-in-law! Karen’s pattern! It’s soft, it’s half silk, the color matches the Alaskan pines, and if ever someone needed a warm hug and best wishes–what took me so long! I checked with Karen first to make sure Sally would like that shade; she gave me an enthusiastic go-ahead.

Today it should have arrived.

And today, despite the fact that we don’t do Black Friday crowds in our family–well, but Purlescence is okay, right? The owners had been there since 6 am in their jammies.  I got there in the late afternoon.  Old friends were there in abundance, I got to play with someone’s baby–

–And I found the exact, the most perfect, the most wonderful shade of green that somehow felt like the one I’d been waiting for all this time. I’d never seen it before.  Bingo. There you go.

I ignored it. I avoided it. I went all over the store, Kaye helping, looking for that color in something else, knowing if it wasn’t soft enough I wouldn’t buy it, but looking.

There was no other.  It had me and it knew it. I bought one ball, 230 yards, one lacy scarf in Cashmere Superior (brushed cashmere blended with silk) coming up.

It’s the right project. It’s the right yarn.  I got the shawl to whom it was absolutely meant for all along–and I hadn’t even ever heard Sally’s name yet while I was buying her her yarn.

To everything turn, turn, turn.  Now the sense that I’d been waiting for all this time is finally here: I have the exact right yarn for the person I started it all out for and it will be in their hands on its own right day, whyever that may be that I cannot know.  Their turn is coming up.

They don’t even know they’ve been waiting. Yet.

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Baby M really liked you too – but who wouldn’t! You are so good at listening to your intuition, even though you might not realize it at the time. I want to be like you when I grow up!

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 11.27.10 @ 1:24 am

She will love the shawl. It is fun when you find just the right combination. I am making “Water Turtles” right now, for the temple.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.27.10 @ 8:57 am

My eldest sister used to say, “I don’t care what flavor it is as long as it’s chocolate, and I don’t care what color it is as long as it’s green.”

Comment by Don Meyer 11.27.10 @ 11:03 am

Sometimes it is difficult to wait for the inner chimes, but it is always worth the wait.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.27.10 @ 4:16 pm

I know that yarn. What a treat it will be to knit it, even more so now that you know it is the right one.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.28.10 @ 12:48 pm

Oh, is it a mossy, golden green? I have one ball of that… I adore Superior – it really is.

(No coincidences, you know!)

Comment by Channon 11.28.10 @ 4:48 pm

From Sally: I received the most beautiful shawl from Alison. And need to send a thank you card to her.
The day it arrived was cold & rainy so I put it to good use right away. It is so soft and I love the color.

So, it went to the right person, in the right time. Thank you Alison–from both of us.

Comment by Karen L 12.06.10 @ 8:44 pm

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