(Apologies in advance, this is one of my wordier posts.)
Do you ever feel that God brings someone to your mind over and over again for a purpose?Â I have been thinking a lot about a friend back on the coast (She’s the one who spun me this incredible yarn from her own sheep).Â She doesn’t have e-mail or a phone, so quick communication isn’t possible.Â Anyway, I made up my mind to get a care package together for her, and knowing that she loves shawls, I went on a Ravelry hunt for quick, comfy shawl pattern, and I came acrossÂ the Candle Flame Shawl.
I hope to have it finished in a week, get a package together (I’ll add in some homemade Raspberry-Lime jam, looseleaf tea, a pair or two of homemade earrings, this CD, and a few books I’ve been meaning to recommend to her.)Â Spring and summer nights are often cold and damp on the coast, so maybe she’ll even get some use out of the shawl before the autumn.
The yarn is a soft 100% natural undyed alpaca from Bolivia (I purchased several skeins for $2 total (score!) at an estate sale). It’s a heavy-worsted or aran weight, and is knitting up very nicely on size 9’s (I think it’ll look great once blocked).
If someone’s been on your heart and mind lately, I encourage you to send her a little something to let her know.Â I know how uplifting it is for me when a friend from far away sends a little note (or thoroughly spoils me with an amazing package of handmade soap, tea, and TONS of yummy vegan cookies like the one I got this weekend from my old college roommate – totally made my month), and I know how blessed I am to be able to do just a little something for another woman.Â In this age of e-mails and texting, the handwritten letter, the care package, these personal, thoughtful things can mean so much in a day of the life of a woman at home.
Wish I could do it more often.Â As the girls grow older, I hope we can send off more together.