Gathering clouds
Friday June 03rd 2011, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit

Wow, that was fast.

The last few days I’ve felt like I really needed to be working on that white fluff project in case something happened and I found myself wishing it were done yesterday. But I was busy doing a lot of back-home-again things other than sitting down and holding still and brushed away the thought with, it only needs about three more hours of work to be long enough; if something comes up, I can do that pretty fast. Right?

I did talk myself into starting something else today, putting a hank on the back of a chair and standing there winding it up–but my hands could not be convinced. I wound up that ball, telling myself I’d leave the cloud for when I needed brainless knitting for carrying around. I saw no hurry.

But I felt one. I just could not make myself actually cast on with the new ball. The cloud was demanding to be done. Now.

I had no idea why.

We were talking to the kids tonight and I found myself asking them, Is there anything you need knit?

After a moment’s hesitation, they said, well, actually… if…

Turns out someone they know well and we all love, someone fairly young, was diagnosed just a day or two ago with metastasized cancer. They were wishing… But they wanted somehow for something to go out quickly: for immediate reassurance, for love, for the hope that it would represent coming from all of us.

And here, right here in my hands…

Some of that lace will have been knit just because, just the very first few inches of it (that stayed, because kid mohair is too hard to frog and I knew that since I’d wanted to work on it once, someday I’d want to work on it again.)  A lot of it was knit because something somehow prompted me a week ago to go find it and grab it while packing for my trip, after all its years of ziploc exile. (It was the needles that stopped it. Never knit snaggy-fibered kid mohair with very blunt tips.)

And some of that lace, now, will have been knit expressly for the loved one it’s going to. Which is why I’m glad now that I didn’t think to grab the finer-tipped needles before the trip, which would have sped up the knitting and gotten it finished before I got home.

One hug of soft airy fluff, coming up. Phyllis, this is from the leftover yarn from your shawl.

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I am continually amazed at your knack for having items knitted and ready to go on a moment’s notice, and perfectly suited to it’s recipient! And look at those baby cheeks! If only I could kiss one!

Comment by Jody 06.04.11 @ 5:20 am

That kid gets cuter by the day!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 06.04.11 @ 6:21 am

No coincidences. Prayers for your young friend.

And more Parker cuteness, please?

Comment by Channon 06.04.11 @ 7:50 am

I am again inspired by your amazing ability to listen to those promptings

wow, just wow

Comment by bev 06.04.11 @ 7:54 am

Sounds like you’ve adopted the Boy Scouts slogan: Be Prepared!

And thanks for the photo of Parker.

Comment by Don Meyer 06.04.11 @ 8:56 am

Good thing your ‘hearing’ was working perfectly concerning that cloud!

Comment by Ruth 06.04.11 @ 10:10 am

Sending my blessings along with it

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.04.11 @ 6:16 pm

So sad for the friend, so glad you can do something to help.

Comment by twinsetellen 06.05.11 @ 5:53 pm

While I am sorry to hear about the illness of one of your friends, I rejoice in the cuteness of Parker’s little shell-like ears. I love baby ears!

Comment by shadylady1216 06.06.11 @ 8:11 am

I love getting “hugged” by you. I hope it brings your friend some peace.

Comment by Momo Fali 06.06.11 @ 7:01 pm

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