{ Yarn Along} In my basket, on my sleeve

Remember that Oaklet Shawl I whisper-unwound Father’s Day afternoon as I revealed myself a process knitter?  Well, I finished it.  It traveled in my purse, beach bag, hoodie front pocket, ferry trips, and across my fingertips all summer long.  _MG_0148
Its constant presence was more than something relied upon or just familiar feelings on fingertips.  Doing a project twice was, in a way, unnoticable.  The shawl was something I did each day, if only for a few minutes, like fold laundry or take coffee’s first sip.  
As I cast off the last stitch, I clenched my teeth in a now what moment’s thought.  I would have expected to feel as if this was the best thing I ever knit, with ending feelings such as these.  But then it occurred to me.  _MG_0145
Blocked and dried in the sun, it took this shawl and nearly eight years of knitting to realize it’s about the pattern taking up space in my mind, the color and feel of yarn, the weight and clank of needles more than it’s about the piece.  It’s the trip and the time along the way. 
Our baby girl starts preschool today.  She’ll go with her new froggy backpack, holding hands with her best friend.  She’ll share a cubby with her older sister, learn in a space where both sisters giggled and played and created from nearly the same age.  She’ll be ok, a bit better than alright actually.  She’ll be perfectly ready, perfectly proud.  It took this event and nearly eight years of parenting to fill me this way, with a sort of speechless pride.  I’m really without words to say more.  And I certainly won’t be able to talk once she walks inside that door.  
What’s in your basket, on your needles, inside your heart?

joining Ginny for yarn along.


  • swanski says:

    I so agree with you about the process of knitting. There are finished objects that I look at and think of what I was doing or where and it brings back a flood of sweet memories! Congrats on your little one starting school 🙂

  • ~ko says:

    I feel that same way when it comes to my projects. It's the process that I hold so dear. What a sweet memory to make today with your little one starting school 🙂

  • Guess what? I have the same pattern being worked on in my knitting bag. I've had it in there for about 6 months now…
    I'm not too worried about the lace because I figure by the time I get to it I'll be too old to hold my needles.

    Congrats on your little one. Bittersweet news.

  • Mackenzie says:

    After seeing all of these oaklet shawls in the YA I might have to cast on for one next! I love the colors in this one! I found you through the link up, I'm sharing toddler leg warmers and my mama scarf this week. Happy knitting!

  • Charis's Mum says:

    The colors are beautiful. Hope your daughter enjoyed preschool.

  • Elissa says:

    the shawl is lovely, lovely, lovely. and, YES, even in my limited knitting skills I can say that knitting, sewing, writing, creating of ANY sort is as much or more about the process than the result. The end bring satisfaction but along the way is the fulfillment.

    oh and small one going to school: kiss each other and miss each other and then just love every minute you get to grow on your own, like a vine twisting away and blossoming only to twist it's way back to anchor on the center stake before venturing out again. i love how all of it can feel good.. the being together, the being alone, the needing each other and not needing each other. truly a healthy gift. i hope she loves it and you too 🙂

  • Wait – isn't Olive like, a tiny baby? Hmm, maybe not anymore. Congratulations on new beginnings! And what will Mama Jennifer be doing while all babies are in school?

  • Michelle says:

    I hate that feeling of “now what?” After a big project is finally done, I tend to feel a bit lost for a while, even if I've got other projects going.

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