I have been struggling with what to knit next after completing the Fearless Masterpiece Jacaranda. I thought I needed to find something even more fearless and exciting but that wasn’t what I needed at all. On Friday, November 1, I got a text from Viv, one my my Myrtle Beach knitting buddies, sharing a health issue with me. You know how helpless you feel when you are far away from a friend in need. You can’t run food over, you can’t run errands, you can’t share a glass of wine. That weekend was spent finishing Jacaranda and sharing Jacaranda on Knitting: A Love Story. As I worked, I had two things on my mind: 1) What fearless knitting would be next and 2) How could I comfort Viv? All of a sudden I realized it wasn’t fearless knitting that I was searching for. It was “Let Me Hug You” knitting for Viv and my quest went in a whole new direction. I had a Bachi Ball Shawl kit in the queue that seemed to fit all criteria. Here it is.
My sister Kathy led me in the direction of Bachi Ball Shawl from Yarn Scout. It was the first time I ever heard of Yarn Scout but it won’t be my last purchase.
“Using one ball each of Noro Bachi (and you thought I’d misspelled Bocce) and Kanzashi this oversized, asymmetrical triangle shawl works up quickly on US size 13 needles. Garter stitch ridges of boucle-like Kanzashi contrast with the smooth stockinette of Bachi creating both a color and textural feast for the senses, while wrapping you in pure warmth. Since the colors of Bachi and Kanzashi are consistent, each kit pairs the identical color of each yarn.” That told me all I needed to know. It sounded like a great big, colorful, warm hug to me. I started and my experience was amazing. Every stitch I thought abut Viv, I told jokes, I pictured a hug. Every color change I thought about Viv’s laugh and her funny way. Before I knew it, I had a completed shawl with thoughts, prayers, wishes, hugs and appeals knit right in. Tomorrow I will ship it to Viv. Well, here is my version of Bachi Ball Shawl.
Now last but certainly not least, Lydia modeling Bachi Ball Shawl.
OMG! WOW! I’d forgotten how great it feels to do “Thankful Knitting” for someone. I liked feeling that way again that I decided to do a little “Thankful Knitting” for my friend Kristin. Kristin just did a huge favor for me; she let me borrow her house! It’s a long story but suffice it to say, she was a life saver. Kristin is an artsy person. She always has the best earrings, scarves and things always complement each other. (Notice how I didn’t say match. I think match is boring and Kristin is definitely not boring.) I thought of a scarf I had on the needles in a tub in the Stash Studio. The hard part was going to be finding the tub. I FOUND IT! Here it is.
I am overwhelmed by thankful feelings. I am thankful that Viv is doing well, thankful that Kristin is my friend, thankful that I rediscovered “Thankful Knitting” and thankful that I have friends who let me wrap them in hugs.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.