Begin: the rest is easy
Friday August 17th 2012, 11:38 pm
Filed under: Family,Knitting a Gift,LYS

Today I had to return some Lands End dress shirts because they quit selling 38 sleeves, and hoping didn’t do a thing to make a 37 length do the job. I told Richard before I left that the nearest Sears store was 25 miles away and it just happened to be near Cottage Yarns in South San Francisco.

I kinda wonder if that’s why I’d chanced it.

And so a little extra Malabrigo filled a gap in my stash–I’d needed a skein of superwash Rios in guy-friendly colors. The little bit of Finito added in will be justifiable only when I see someone’s happy face when it’s done. I’ll have to get to it, and soon.

Coming home down 280, the self-proclaimed “most beautiful freeway in America,” the coastal mountains and reservoir to one side and hills to the other giving intermittent glimpses of the San Francisco Bay and valley, what was probably the peregrine who lives near the Flintstone house soared overhead, coasting on the thermals. Glorious.

Back home to real life. That new yarn staring at me did it. I had been dithering over my new niece’s gift, unable to pick just one pattern and just one idea. Enough. I grabbed my needles, cast on, ribbed, doublechecked the stitch count, debated, and dove in for Eden Alison. Pink sheared mink.

Somehow it turned out like this. I didn’t see till I took the picture that the lace echoed the wings there.

And somehow I didn’t see till I was well into it that what I was knitting was a crown for our sweet little princess.

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Beautiful. Wow!! What a special gift for a special little girl.

Comment by Channon 08.18.12 @ 5:41 am

Paradise…in yarn!

Comment by Pretty 08.18.12 @ 6:16 am

I always did enjoy that drive!

Comment by Bev 08.18.12 @ 6:25 am

Your title reminds me of the (too) many times I had something to do, and dithered, and postponed, and when I finally got started, actually took very little time. Funny, I’ve got one of those now. Need a kick-start.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.18.12 @ 9:33 am

Oh yes! I see wings and diamonds and a crown, too! Beautiful! I don’t remember what knitting magazine I recently saw it in….but there was a toddlers’s tutu knit from the soft, acrylic “fun fur” yarn. Fluffly and fun! And, yes, I agree with Don, sometimes we need that reminder to just do it.

Comment by DebbieR 08.18.12 @ 12:41 pm

Such poetry and such lovely inspiration for a beautiful project!

Bless your heart!

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 08.18.12 @ 7:26 pm

And she is certainly fit to wear a crown, I’m sure!

I enjoy seeing the work in progress. It is lovely.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.18.12 @ 7:56 pm

Hmm … just drove past Vallco in Cupertino yesterday, and the Sears store was still there. Not as big as it used to be, or the one at San Antonio, but there.

Comment by Anne 08.19.12 @ 4:11 pm

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