Sunday, February 24, 2008

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  • February's Project is Full of Grace

    Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.
    It's a way to live.
    -Jackie Windspear

    The yarn of the month for February is a very special yarn to me. A yarn that needed a perfect project. It was a gift, as most of my "too special to knit" yarn is, but this gift in particular is irreplacable. Several years ago, my best friend's mom took up knitting. It was in the middle of the fun fur craze, and I remember her showing me her early scarves. She had clearly progressed in her knitting skills since, and around my birthday when I had first moved to San Diego, I got a surprise gift of three skeins of yarn. It's a beautiful silk-wool blend from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks, and it was lovely to just have around. A few months later, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she passed away a few months after that. I just couldn't decide what to make with such a special yarn. Until I realized that Clapotis called for that weight, and precisely that amount of yarn. It was perfect. Designed for hand-dyed yarn, simple enough to show off its beauty, and a warm comforting final project.

    February's Full of Grace
    Pattern: Claptois, from Knitty
    Yarn: Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks, wool-silk blend, 3 skeins
    Needles: US 8 dpns
    Notes: No changes to the pattern. It was surprisingly entertaining to knit; I could barely put it down.
    Best Thing About This Project: Using this gift.

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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is beautiful, Peggy would be very proud of your use of her gift.
    Love you,

    2/24/2008 9:36 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree, what a lovely remembrance of someone special to you.
    M-I-L Susan

    2/25/2008 5:07 AM  
    Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

    It's beautiful!

    2/25/2008 5:25 AM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    Beautiful FO. So sorry about your friend's mom too. I think that she would love to know that you knit this in honor of her.

    2/25/2008 7:33 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The yarn is gorgeous & just perfect for a Clapotis. What a perfect way to remember a knitter - you'll think of her every time you use it!

    2/25/2008 8:09 AM  
    Blogger margene said...

    You've knit a hug for yourself from a lovely gift. Nice, very nice.

    2/25/2008 10:25 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    What a great project choice! It really does show off the yarn and seems like a beautiful tribute.

    2/25/2008 11:18 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's beautiful! Lucky recipient!

    2/25/2008 3:39 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    Lovely Clapotis - You can see why so many people have knit this pattern!

    Will you be giving it away, or enjoying it yourself?

    2/25/2008 5:00 PM  
    Blogger Anneliese Kelly said...

    Damn it, now I'm crying. That's really special, T. You're lucky to have something so nice from her. Can I borrow when I come out to visit?

    2/25/2008 5:13 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The above was from me, btw.

    2/25/2008 5:14 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi T! Your tribute to Peggy will keep her alive in our hearts! Thank you! Love, Mom

    2/25/2008 5:55 PM  
    Blogger Kate Diamond said...

    That is a beautiful use of a special gift. Like many have said, what a wonderful tribute.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    2/29/2008 6:15 AM  
    Blogger Yarnhog said...

    What a wonderful way to make use of such a special gift. I'm sure you'll think of her every time you wear it.

    2/29/2008 10:56 AM  
    Blogger nova said...

    It really is quite lovely. Perfect use of the yarn.

    2/29/2008 12:05 PM  

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