Sometimes, you just never know how the internet will influence your life.
I’ve been reading Cookie’s blog for a while now. I can’t really remember how I found her. If you don’t read her blog, you really should. She’s funny, smart, witty, cranky and oh yeah, she knits rather well too. Cookie has helped me out with SOS two (or is it three?!?) years running at this point. She’s been a caring ear more than once and although we only know each other via the internet, I would certainly call her a friend.
A couple of months back Cookie knit several amazing Swallowtail shawls. I’ve always wanted to knit one of these. I even gave it a go once, but it just didn’t work out. It’s such a pretty pattern, and there’s just something about the name that speaks to me. I somehow relayed this desire to Cookie and she did an amazing thing.
She said she’d knit me one.
I was really taken aback by her offer. Obviously, I know the kind of work and skill that would go into knitting a shawl like this. And the fact that someone that in some ways hardly knows me would do that for me? Well, I got down right verklempt!! And asked several times if she was sure. She assured me she was.
I got it in my head that I wanted it to be handspun and larger than the usual pattern. So I spun a heavier yarn. I also seemed to have the perfect fiber in my stash. I had actually started spinning it for the shop, but when I didn’t finish it on time it suddenly dawned on me that it would be a perfect fit for this project. The wool was purchased from my friend Val who raises her own spinner’s flock here in NJ. The sheep that the fiber came from was named Angel. Somehow, the wing reference just seemed to work.
So I finished my yarn and I sent it off to California for Cookie to knit with. Would you believe it was her first time getting to work with handspun? I think she did an amazing job. I got seriously verklempt again when I opened the return package a short time ago.
You might think this is the end of the story, but it’s not. This baby is destined for the dyepot. I’ve got big plans for a try at a new-to-me technique. I hope that I can do Cookie’s beautiful work justice.
Thank you so much my friend! I really hope you like what comes next.Tags: friends, shawls