I rarely buy scrumptious wool. Stylecraft double knit serves me well. But,awhile back I wanted to treat myself to some lovely different yarn. So I ordered some from Black Sheep Wools.
It is soft,muted and expensive and I had saved it for a special project. A new Chevron blanket. Now it's not the blankets fault. Or,for that matter the yarns either. But, as soon as I started to use it,the bad news of William breaking his femur came through.
Usually crocheting is restful and peaceful for me. A special place I go to,where I feel most relaxed. But not with this blanket. I have been fraught, tense and frustrated.
It gave me a hiding place. I could sit by the computer waiting for news but pretending to myself that I was not feeling anxious. As the blanket grew I began to feel it was a blanket hooked with sad,anxious thoughts. I was never going to look at it and think how much I had enjoyed making it.
Then better news came from our little family from Dubai,so I decided to finish the blanket quickly and put it away until my feelings felt less raw. So with trusty trebles I hooked a border. It was wavy,loopy and actually downright ugly.
I went to bed and could not sleep. I hated that border so much. But it was almost the sum of the parts. The final bit. Of course I could not get to sleep. I may as well have come straight downstairs and ripped that border out. As soon as I got up this morning that was the order of the day .... Even before a cup of tea.
How much better that felt. And then I got a text message. A lovely text message from my nephew. It was to tell me that a new baby was on its way. I was going to be a Great Auntie again. My nephew and his wife mean a great deal to me and I was so happy to hear this lovely news. And as I thought about them suddenly my blanket became special, auspicious and loved.
My goodness. A new border. A border full of small special stitches. A blanket that may have started with sadness but it has been finished with love in every single crochet stitch. And what makes it even more special is that as I have finished it we know William is getting better. His femur is mending. So, soon he will be back to his bubbly,energetic happy self.
And just as soon a new little baby will come into our family. What a special ending and what a special blanket.