Just Because I’m Thankful

Knitting is a way that I give of myself to others. In 2005 I gifted a number of items to my mother and sister; this year, I hope to be more generous with my knitting.I wrote the above statement in my one-year blog anniversary post. I realize that it was quite broad, as there many people with whom I could choose to be more generous with my knitting. After much thought, I decided to focus my 2006 gift knitting on women who have made a strong positive impact on my life.

Four women immediately come to mind. Two of them are relatives; two are long-time friends of my mother. As customary in my culture, I address them all as “Auntie” regardless of relation. The last time I saw them was at my wedding in 2004, and I do not anticipate seeing them again anytime soon. While my mother talks to them regularly, I am rarely (if at all) in contact with any of them. Yet I think of these women often. I admire them for their wisdom, strength, generosity, creativity, style, and spunk. Over the years, each one has touched my life deeply with acts of unexpected and extraordinary kindness. I have always wanted to send back a little more than a thank you card. Now I can. Over the course of this year, I plan to knit a gift for each woman as a token of my appreciation for them. The gift won’t be for Christmas or a birthday; it will be “just because.” Hence, I’m calling this project “Just Because I’m Thankful.” I have already started working on the first item – a Clapotis for my Auntie D in Toronto.

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At the end of the increase section

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Halfway through the straight section

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in the Irving Park colorway. Shepherd Worsted is absolutely lovely. If this Clapotis looks familiar, it’s because I knit one for my mother using Lion & Lamb in the exact same colorway. Auntie D is my mother’s sister, and I like the idea of two sisters with matching shawls. I hope to finish the Clapotis this month.

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