Qiviut from a Cottage in Canada
Friday January 21st 2011, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift,Politics

I am nearly done with hat #2 for my representatives in Congress. And my order for a few more hats’ worth of the DBNY King George came today.

But oh, the other thing that came.  We’ve been waiting for Customs to let it through, and finally–I called “Thank you!” after the mailwoman this afternoon, took it inside and opened carefully.

Qiviut. A long wide lace 90/10 qiviut/merino scarf knitted by Lorraine at Cottage Craft Angora and a large skein of the Taiga for me to go knit with, too, her thanks for my naming her colorways.

I put that scarf on and instantly never ever wanted to take it off. I–

–Okay, here’s what it reminds me of: we were remodeling our house years ago, had been for months, and there were a couple of guys working away who had seen me day in day out in my jeans being a mom to my kids. Ordinary life.

Then came the day I had to go out in a black dress with a white Battenberg lace collar, very stylish then, very formal–and as I walked past them they dropped their tools to their sides, speechless. They had no idea I could look like that. I had no idea I looked that different like that.

That scarf completely one-ups that dress.  It is soft, it is warm, it is gorgeous, it matches what I happen to have on today, and I feel incredible with it on.  I was just gobsmacked all over again. Lorraine knitted this for me!, even if she didn’t know it was going to be for me at the time she knitted it. Still–she milled the fibers, she dyed the yarn, she knitted it on fine needles, all with the intent of making someone out there happy in the world.

And how. Wow.

I hope… May our congresspeople appreciate the thought and work going into the hats being knitted for them and may they, too, totally love what they get.

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Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 01.22.11 @ 6:05 am

I can’t imagine something so soft and gorgeous, Sounds like something you want yo be attached to. Thanks for a new yarn shop for me to look through DBNY. Kris

Comment by kris 01.22.11 @ 6:52 am

Yum. Sweets for the sweet, as a friend of mine likes to say!

Comment by Channon 01.22.11 @ 7:02 am

Oh, I can’t imagine she didn’t know she was knitting it for you, at some level. Or maybe just the yarn knew (and the fiber knew as it was being spun?). We’ve never heard of that happening before, have we?!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.22.11 @ 7:14 am

“all that we send into the lives of others, comes back again into our own”

she may not have known when she started it that it was for you, but a higher source did!

Comment by Bev 01.22.11 @ 11:12 am

Lovely soft warmth for you! Love the dress story…it’s good to be more than “just” a mom sometimes. 🙂

Comment by Ruth 01.22.11 @ 11:56 am

Oh, sometimes it feels so good to get dressed up! It’s a wonder those workers weren’t giving you wolf whistles.

Comment by Don Meyer 01.22.11 @ 5:13 pm

Reminds me of a story. I never used to go to the formal company parties so everyone always saw me in jeans and tshirt/sweatshirts. One day I was going to a movie premiere after work and got dolled up at work (after hours of course 😉 ). One guy that wouldn’t even give me the time of day before that was tripping over his jaw when he saw me on my way out.

Comment by Tiny Tyrant 01.24.11 @ 2:04 pm

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