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The Ultimate Knitting Gift

You may want to share this with your family as a hint!

Caroline, East Meck ’95, came back into my life this week.  She and Jacquetta, same class, and I met for lunch at Lupie’s.  (Jacquetta is now the attorney I can call if I get busted for knitting graffitti.)  We talked about our Golden Years at East, how much we taught each other, how rare and precious our relationship was/is.  Just the invite had me walking on clouds; seeing them put me on another planet.

And then they brought gifts!

Caroline, who doesn’t knit, had gone to a yarn shop in NYCity where she lives and bought me yarn.  She had obviously read my blog because the colors are so perfect.  What is even more cool is the challenge–Reminds me of the way I used to structure their class projects–lots of problems to solve.

In no particular order, here is what is in the bowl above:

1. Twinkle Soft Chunky.  100% wool , 200 gr = 83 yds; Raspberry–2 skeins.  Really a super bulky.  Hat?  Scarf? Is is possible to knit a hat with a brim?  Will it stick out and stay?  ?????

2.  Punta Flame-100% wool, 100 gr = 66 yd; 8.8 sts / 4″, thick and thin, rusty red to maroon handpaint; 2 skeins.  I love Punta Merisoft but this is a brand new yarn for me.  I can scribble knit it with a thread yarn to make a shoulder shawl—or weave/knit it inot a lush scarf or bag—or—??????3.  Classic Elite Montera (I love CE yarns)–Aran wt. 50% llama, 50% wool; 16 sts/4″; 100 gr = 127 yd; handpaint in fuschia, pinks, blues, yum; 2 skeins–Maybe chunky mittens?  — or a really funky hat??–clogs???????4.  Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo–52% cotton, 48% bamboo; 50 gr = 130 yds; 6 sts/4″ on US5; color a soft French blue; 5 skeins.  Perfect to make my favorite spring sweater.  Mix it with some black Waikiki and there is enough–unless Erica sees it–the fiber and color scream her name.  Also a new yarn for me, but destined to be a favorite.

Do you see how much fun this gift is?  I spent my morning coffee time just playing with ideas.  Last night I searched Ravelry to see what others had knit with all of them.  It’s not just the pleasure of knitting them; it’s also the challenge and the imagining.  I love she didn’t say to the salesclerk, “let’s pick a project.”  She left it so wide open.  I’d like to think she learned that from me.  Next time you want to give a gift to a knitter, consider buying them a couple of skeins of a yarn you think they haven’t used and dare them to play.

Still the best gift was that two busy, vibrant young women wanted to spend time with their high school English teacher.  Others may not get that; the three of us do.  Wow!

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