Breathing life

I often personify my knits and talk about them as if they have personalities. I know I’m not alone in this. Sometimes they soothe us, sometimes they anger us, delight us, keep us up at night. We love them and cuddle them. We sometimes blame them for things. Sometimes it feels as though each piece of knitting is a living creature to treasure. I don’t have any projects in recent memory that I haven’t fallen in love with along the way. We breathe love into them with every stitch and later they breathe that back with their comfort and utility.

Here is another peek at the creature I’m creating, that will soon provide love back in the form of warmth and coziness. Other knitted children are distracting, but I’m doing my best to keep focus and press on with this gargantuan shawl.


I’m on my last color!!!! Yes, that sentence deserves several exclamations when it means I’m almost on the last 1/4 mile of this mile long shawl. I have two balls of this dark brown and will have to begin the ruffle when I’m a little over halfway through the first ball.

Matt likes to remind me that he has two pairs of socks on the needles that I’m not working on. I remind him that he has as many projects on the needles that are for him as I have for myself, so he is a lucky man.

All of my doubts about this transition of neutral colors are fading. I think this shawl is growing up to be a lovely creature.

Guess who else is growing into a lovely creature? Zooey is 11 months old at the end of this month. She’s a blur as soon as I whip out the camera, but I got a couple of mostly still shots. I can’t believe it’s been almost 11 months. I think she’s cooler every single day.

11 months-2

11 months

11 thoughts on “Breathing life

  1. I can totally relate! Ha ha, have thrown a few projects across the room while calling them names (that I probably shouldn’t repeat :)).

    And you have an adorable little girl!

  2. I have just got my Nuvem off the blocking boards. Oh goodness that ruffle nearly killed me, but the shawl is fantastic. Just thought I’d let you know that when the last slog starts to drive you insane, it’s worth it!

    • The row to MAKE the ruffle nearly killed me. Good golly. Slowest row in the whole thing. I still don’t know how/where I’m going to block it. That might be a comical venture. Can’t wait to see yours!

  3. I totally personify my knits – and frankly, some are more patient than others. You should tell Matt he’s lucky his socks are so laid back 🙂

  4. Zooey is such a beautiful baby girl! I love that last picture 🙂
    Love your color combo for this shawl too. You’ll be so glad to wrap it around you this winter!

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