Saturday, November 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sis!

I finished the Miss Grace Shawl this week and gave it to my sister for her birthday. I think she likes it!

My sister is five years younger than me, so we never really overlapped at the same schools. But we now live in the same city, and while we talk and visit and follow each other on social media, we don't get together as often as we should. That can happen as siblings get older. But it doesn't have to.

My sister is a pretty amazing and inspiring person to me. She picked a kind and smart husband, has raised two responsible, bright kids, and has taught elementary music to hundreds of kids over the years. Our parents died at fairly young ages, which can be hard when you're just starting a family of your own. Susan has coped and carried on through it all. I'm amazed when I think of us all as little kids and how she and I and our brother have all created such different and interesting lives. I guess things have always been that way. Maybe you have to reach a certain age to appreciate this change? I wonder how I'll look back on all this from a vantage point even further along someday.

I was kind of stunned looking at the pictures I took of my beautiful sister modeling the shawl -- thinking about all me and my siblings have been through, and how very much she looks like our mother. Very fitting that this pattern is called Miss Grace -- that was our mother's name. And Susan wears both mantles well. She reminds me, so, so much of Mom.

And she had some news -- this just warms the cockles of my crafting heart -- she's been learning to knit! Her neighbor has been helping her learn, and we will soon be setting up a time to get together for some handwork and some reminiscing, like our mom and my aunts, like my grandmother and her friends. I can't wait to see what cool things she'll create. Happy birthday, Susan!

On the pattern itself, I can highly recommend it. As Staci said, it's just about the most fun you can have with garter stitch. I love how the instructions are as much an infographic as a pattern, and it's cool watching how the forms distort and cause the fabric to flow in different ways. Oh, and I sent in my picture from my last blog post and got in the top 10 of SKEINO's photo contest! I would follow Staci's instructions on the increases on the corners for the edging -- I didn't care for the method written in the pattern so much, although I did it. And be careful -- I had only a yard or two of the light color leftover at the end.

 

7 comments:

  1. Your mom's name was Grace? My mom's name is Grace! Now I'm thinking I should knit one of these for mom. Although I've admired this pattern, I'm no fan of knit, knit, knit garter stitch, but if you say it's not wildly boring....

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    1. Well, like any center-out or increase-every-row thing, the tedium does increase with the length. Still, it is kind of interesting. It starts with two stitches and increases every other row until you're at 220 -- so 440 rows. I didn't get that number, although I swear I increased every row. I would have had more like 232 if I'd kept on pace. When I saw the writing on the wall, I started increasing every 4 rows. I think it still turned out okay.

      And did we really spend 10 hours across west Texas in a car together talking about family history and never figure out that our mom's have the same name? Hah!

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  2. This looks fantastic and I can't think of a better match between project and recipient. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Janelle! That was a LOT of purple to have to look at, but I think it looks great on my sister.

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  3. It's a beautiful - and I'm so glad you and your sis can now get a chance to knit and chat together.

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