When you have a toddler, it’s hard to reconcile the fact of middle age. I’m just not ready to be middle-aged when I still change diapers. Period. But reality and the morning obituaries remind me that as I get more grown-up, the adults who have helped me along the way are moving down the far side of the hill. This makes me sad. And serves as a reminder how precious time is.
Case in point: Jeanne. Jeanne was my piano teacher from 7th grade through college. In those days, I practiced several hours a day and played in master classes, among other places. Piano was serious. I spent countless hours at her Steinway with the weighted keys. I love Jeanne dearly.
I see her too rarely, though, with most of our communication via Christmas cards. Last fall, I made a point of taking Darling Bebe to meet her. We had a too-brief visit, which included the following exchange.
“… I don’t have a lot of time to myself, but I do teach knitting on the side.”
Eyebrow arches. “Knitting?”
“Yes, knitting. pause Probably not the kind you’re thinking of.”
Read in that exchange, a challenge. Or at least I did. So on my return home, I pulled out a skein of Handmaiden SeaSilk in the jewel tones Jeanne favors and cast on Knitspot’s Tudor Grace. Since Jeanne is petite, usually chilly, and favors scarves, I cast on for a narrower scarf than the pattern calls for. With just three repeats across, the darn thing almost went too fast to keep up with. I didn’t rush this one – it was one of those grab-and-go projects when heading out the door. “Just-in-case” knitting, as it were. But I did have it finished and blocked in time to leave at my mom’s house for delivery.
The specs: 30 st cast-on for a total of 3 pattern repeats across.
Unblocked length: 60 inches. Yarn used: 54 grams.
Blocked length: 67 inches. The yarn bled a significant amount in its soak, as I’ve found SeaSilk to be prone to. The result is slightly less heavy variegation between the greens and blues.
Yes, Jeanne, knitting.