Blessings from a Fellow Knitter
Back at the end of March, Marguerite had decided that she really wanted to make the Backyard Leaves scarf designed by Annie Modisett in Scarf Style. She had some beautiful lettuce green Alpaca Silk (55% superfine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool) from Knitpicks to use, but doesn't really care for wearing scarves all that much. So, she decided to host a contest on her blog, with five different opportunities to enter by posting a comment on the progress notes she posted on her blog during the knitting process. The scarf was finished by April 30th, the drawing conducted by her dear husband earlier this week, and she notified me and the world that I was the lucky winner.
Now, I have this beautiful creation in my own hot little hands (actually, it is draped over the wardrobe door, after I modeled it to take a photo to show everyone). This is a very special gift for several reasons. First, I am an experienced knitter who can appreciate the lush hand and special quiet color of the yarn. I can also marvel at the evenness of her stitches and the intertwining of the leaves. This pattern has a right side and wrong side, and I can be impressed by that intricacy each time I wear it and gaze down at the leaves.
Backyard Leaves scarf made by Marguerite
I can also feel a little bit of Marguerite, who I may never, ever have the opportunity to meet (she lives in Michigan and I live in California). She is one of my favorite blog reads, and I admire her work for Children In Common. She has a few of the patterns she uses to make these items for charity available on her blog, as well as more information about charity knitting. I also know that she loves her dogs and has a brand-new granddaughter (as well as other grandchildren). I do wish I could meet her in person, as I feel we would be great friends, and would love to share a cup of coffee and some quality knitting time, but at least when I wear the scarf made by her busy knitting hands just for the pure pleasure of knitting it, I will have a little bit of her essence there with me.
Marguerite, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.