A Cascade of good news
Friday March 02nd 2012, 12:24 am
Filed under: LYS,Wildlife

News from Sam (med denied by insurance) that made us catch our breath, and then news from Sam again today (insurance caved after all) that helped us exhale. It’s been an intense week.

Look! It was huge and it was in a tree across the fence, letting me see it only briefly but for the Cheshire-cat-smile of a tail still in view that moved again and again for balance as it ate its breakfast.

Hours later, there was a flash of feathers at eye level: it took me a moment to be sure. The side view is so different. They glide so fast.

And then in the evening, before I left for Purlescence, I looked up: and there she was yet again. The female Cooper’s, antsy at my noticing unlike her mate, taking off from the handle of the lawnmower that my little wrens were no doubt cowering under. Spreading those big wings and long striped tail wide, and again in an instant she was gone.

Breathtaking. So close. I’d needed that.

And then I headed for knitting group.

At Stitches last weekend, at Purlescence’s booth, there was a sample little boy’s sweater on display (middle one at bottom in link) in front of the yarn it had been made in, a microfiber blend that was very soft and very practical for that size of person. I admired it, thought I’d come back to it, never did, but filed it away for future reference: I knew I really ought to buy that and make that for Parker. I do love my wools, but still, it would be nice to make a handknit that I could be sure my son and daughter-in-law wouldn’t ever have to worry about wrecking. And it definitely met my softness standards.

I was quite surprised as I walked in the door tonight:  someone handed me a ticket with a number. Somehow the shop was really crowded. And there were the Cascade folks I’d met at Stitches!

Turns out the Cascade people were having a raffle. The numbers being called out corresponded to specific patterns and the yarns to go with: they would hand the winner (there were quite a few) a zippered logo’d plastic tote with some random pattern inside, and then they’d take you over to where there were sample books with snips of every color of the matching yarns. You would choose a color, they would take your name, and then they would be sending it to the shop for you to pick up later.

You guessed it.

No, really, you guessed it. I hadn’t even known that was a Cascade pattern. How on earth, and I don’t know either, but you guessed it: they called my number, and knowing nothing of any of that, they handed me a tote with a pattern to that very same little boy’s sweater in it.

The royal blue Cherub Aran yarn is on its way.

I’d better finish up my current project fast to be ready to go.

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YAY for Sam’s meds and YAY for the yarn prize! Your intense week has ended with much happy!

Comment by LynnM 03.02.12 @ 1:41 am

So happy Sam got what she needs. And you got what you need! What a coincidence!!!

Comment by Jody 03.02.12 @ 5:30 am

good deeds go around.

Comment by Tola 03.02.12 @ 6:14 am

Once in a while, things do go right. And to think that our LYS has a LOT more money since 3 generations in my tribe bought enough Cascade for 3 adult sweaters last night. LOL

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 03.02.12 @ 7:59 am

Wow! When things right, they REALLY go right. That is certainly good news about Sam, on both counts.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.02.12 @ 9:20 am

good stuff! hawks and meds and yarn — wonderful things

and thanks for sharing the link to the patterns — there are a couple there that I might want to use for Mr Cute!

Comment by Bev 03.02.12 @ 9:42 am

Oh wow! So cool that your good-tidings hawk appeared. And very happy news for Sam. I tend to operate on the theory of stash vacuum. If I use up yarn or fabric, then that hole/vacuum gets filled by more. So, you used, and gave me some yarn, therefore that vacuum had to be filled, and Cascade appeared! It will be a very cute sweater.

Comment by DebbieR 03.02.12 @ 11:01 am

Cherub? So fitting. No coincidences, none at all. Yay!!

Comment by Channon 03.02.12 @ 11:41 am

cool beans!

Comment by afton 03.02.12 @ 2:21 pm

What goes around, comes around. You’re so generous with your knitted items; this time it was your turn to be the recipient! Cute sweater..I may have to knit that for my grandson (about the same age as Parker)

Comment by Cathy 03.02.12 @ 3:18 pm

Our youngest was in a nasty accident in October that had her on an ambulance ride, through ER and several types of scans, then to General ICU for about two and a half days. We got a letter saying that the insurance claim was denied. Fortunately it came with the paperwork to file the appeal and they decided to pay after all. Of course they are paying it at “Out of Network” rates because, well, because they can I suppose. I think insurance companies just like to mess with us sometimes.

Comment by Barbara S. 03.02.12 @ 3:43 pm

I love it when it rains good news! May your weekend be soaked in joy.

Comment by Ruth 03.02.12 @ 6:26 pm

What a great ending to a kind of up-and-down week!

Now I’m looking through those Cascade patterns, too… I have a new great-niece who just arrived February 21, so I have a lot of pretty knitting to do!

Comment by Pegi 03.02.12 @ 9:40 pm

I know longer think you have magical powers to discern what yarn wants to be, I believe that when yarn perceives you, it works at understanding what you need it to be!

Comment by twinsetellen 03.02.12 @ 9:50 pm

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