Knitting with gifts

One of the best things in life is being given wool by friends and family. It is so wonderful to think of people I love searching through yarn shops or markets and picking something out with me in mind. (This thought is actually the best part of the gift.) And, then you have some lovely yarn picked out just for you and, possibly because I neurotic, I feel you have to find the perfect pattern to honor the yarn.

This last part, the neurotic part, makes knitting with gifts a little stressful. I want to do a good. And, I want to knit. I want to let my friends know that I appreciated the gift by making an awesome piece. It can be exhausting.

But, it is the best kind of exhausting.

Over the winter holidays, I gave up trying to find the perfect pattern for some yarn I was given a little over a year ago by a world traveling friend (Yarn I was so pleased came through my moth disaster unscathed), I gave up deciding on the perfect pattern and just went with a great pattern. I started knitting a boneyard. The boneyard shawl is a free Stephen West pattern that is simple but elegant. I just wanted to knit and assumed that, as much as I hate it, that I might have to knit and frog a little before I found the perfect pattern. But, I didn’t have to frog. Sometimes, just getting to work on something good leads you to wonderful.

I got to the end of the wool I was given and I decided that the shawl wasn’t done. Thankfully, I was able find a little more online. Now I just have to find the time to quietly knit the rest of this lovely, lovely shawl.


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