The Gift of Time

A person has returned to our life from about a decade ago. No big story here, just someone who was a colleague and who moved on. A kind and skilled person, one who evokes a smile when remembered: “Oh yes, she was good to work with.” In recent weeks this person has offered her time. She has accompanied us to certain appointments, offered her considerable skills and presence. While we were on the road this was knitted with her in mind.

photoIt is fairly basic, based on a free pattern on Ravelry, called “I am Biased” though really it is more of a suggestion than a pattern, because it was pretty clearly straight from a stitch dictionary. But the pattern helped in the planning process so I want to acknowledge that. The yarn is handspun, which took a bit of time. And then knit, for several hours total – it gets a bit gruelling doing the same thing over and over on a piece this size, but perfect for travel. The colours are subtle, and meant to reflect deep forest. (Dyed by another, label long gone. Keeping the little tags is apparently not a priority. Too bad, this was good work.) It’s alpaca and silk, and I think the recipient may like that. The idea was to try to say thank you for the gift of time, in the form of a gift of time.

IMG_2234We saw much more than bears and moose on this last trip. What a wonder it was to travel in early spring. The bird life was amazing. All sorts of flying creatures were pairing off, squabbling and noisily finding places to nest and those with young swooping and feeding them. We were serenaded multiple times by pairs of loons. The only time they quit calling was whenever I went out, phone in hand, to try to record them.  Some things we cannot capture and maybe the calls of the loons on deserted northern lakes is just one of them.

 

4 thoughts on “The Gift of Time

  1. Carole May 24, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Love your shawl, it turned out great and will be a thoughtful girt to your friend. Also have loved to follow your trip, kept me and many others keeping track of you. All the wild life and scenery was absolutely lovely, even from your phone.. Talk soon. Much love, Mom

    • warpandwoofknitting May 24, 2014 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks mom! I hope my friend likes it, she hasn’t seen it yet. I am so glad you follow this blog, and hey, keep watching this space! We are headed out again more than likely…Love M

  2. Alison May 25, 2014 / 6:58 am

    Loons are my favourite, very haunting, sad voices. The shawl turned out great, she will love it. Keep turning out the pictures of your travels M&G , I love to go through them and I have to say that you have seen some incredible sights that a lot of people, probably me included will never see. Keep truckin!!!
    Talk soon. Love your sister.

    • warpandwoofknitting May 25, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Hi Joey! Oh yes, the loons were unbelievable- when the three pairs were going on and on it was like klingon opera, though haunting! And oh yes we will keep on trucking! Love yer sis

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