Sometimes, our knitting is a love letter to someone special in our lives. This is who I am knitting for this week–who are you knitting for this week, this month, this season? Tell me about it in the comments and maybe your story will end up in my post so it can inspire and delight all of us. And thank you to everyone who has shared a bit of their knitting story with me in the comments; you help me to knit with my heart as well as my fingers. May your heart find its way into your stitches this week. – Sandi
To My Niece Delaney, The Birthday Girl:
Two days ago, you turned one whole year old! I still have your birth announcement on our refrigerator so the year has gone by really quickly. You are growing up to be such a smart, curious, and clever girl. I am so proud of you.
I promised that I would have your starry blanket done in time to give it to you on your first birthday, but sadly, no matter how fast I knit, the blanket was not done in time. There were just too many stitches, and I am not a super-fast knitter. I'm really sorry I had to break my promise to you. (There's a few photos of it in progress here and here, if you want to look at it. See the stars? That's because YOU are a star!)
Maybe you think that not getting the blanket done in time means that I am not thinking of you. In fact, I am thinking of you every single day as I work on the blanket; you are in my thoughts during the knitting and the purling and the yarnovering and the ssking (and even the ripping back).
Even though I have knit a little bit every day on your blanket, I've been working on other things, too. It's not good for a knitter's hands and wrists to knit hours and hours only on a single project; it's healthier to take breaks and knit on other projects, you see. So, during the past week, I have knitted a swatch in purple yarn and I've started a bright pink sock. I started the sock because I needed a knitting project I could carry around with me in my purse, so I would have something to do while I wait at the doctor's. (You know how your mom brings a bag of toys when you go on errands so you can play when it gets boring? Same idea.)
The swatch will help me find the right needles to use to knit a summer top I can wear when it gets hot, or when I come to visit you. It took me a long time to decide which pattern I wanted to use, because there are so many cute ones to choose from! In the end, I decided on the Tattoo Tank by Marlaina Bird, from the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene. (I really like that there's a secret heart design on the back.) When I told Marly I was going to be knitting her tank, she was very happy. I'm going to knit the tank in a shiny purple yarn I've had since before you were born! I am very excited to get started. I think the Tattoo Tank will look very cute on me. (The pink socks, too.)
Even as I am knitting the swatch and the socks, I am thinking of you, especially during this, your special birthday week. We live far away, so maybe you think I forget about you, but that's not true. Knitting gives me lots of time to think, time to think of the ones I love, time to think of what's really important to me in this life. And what's important is not having this blanket ready on the exact date of your birthday, especially not if I wreck my hands and arms in the process. What is important is that you have an aunt with strong, able hands, ready to catch you should you fall, ready to reach out to you should you be in trouble, ready to enfold you should you need comfort, ready to applaud you when you dazzle the world with your successes.
I'm taking good care of my hands, then, and taking the time to knit your blanket with love and prayers. All three, my hands, my love, and my prayers, will thus be strong and ready for you any time you need them, whether the blanket itself is ready or not.
All my love and big hugs, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Delaney!
– Auntie Sandi
Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. You can find her blogging here on Knitting Daily every Thursday. Want more? Visit Sandi's personal blog, wiseheart knits. Or, if you're on Twitter, follow her tweets under her new twitter name: sandiwiseheart.
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