February 06, 2008

WORTH IT

How do I love my pal Erin? Let me count the ways...

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Erin's first knitting project was this baby sweater, intended for a pregnant friend. But I wasn't there when she started it, so she didn't know that she could float the yarn up the side of the work instead of cutting at every color change. When she finished all the pieces and saw the tangle of mess she had to contend with, she picked the whole thing up and placed it in the garbage can.

Luckily, I was there at that moment, and knitting -- no matter how heinous -- does not belong in the garbage. I took it home and dumped it in a box of yarn, where it sat for three years.

And if Erin had adopted a girl, it would've sat there until eternity.
But Erin had a boy, and I had work to do.

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I cursed those tails as I wove them in, but I did it because I couldn't wait to hear the awe in Erin's voice when she realized that the first knitting project she ever made would actually be worn by her new baby.

And it was totally worth it.

"Tucker, look what your mommy and Aunt Sarah made for you," I heard her whisper over the phone.

Yep, totally worth it.

Posted by: Sarah at 03:03 AM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 Sarah, that is WAY COOL! I'm pretty sure I've never had a friend that would ''fix'' a project like that, for me....you are the best!

Posted by: debey at February 06, 2008 06:23 AM (OnM3I)

2 There you go, making me cry again. Damn.

Posted by: Erin at February 06, 2008 06:30 AM (y67l2)

3 Awwww! That is so sweet, Sarah!! It looks great! My friend knitted a hat for my son in camo colors and he lost it last week after having it for 3 yrs...grrrrrr! Very cute!!

Posted by: Vypergirl at February 06, 2008 07:06 AM (qe77L)

4 You Rock.

Posted by: sharona at February 06, 2008 07:15 AM (z/+Hd)

5 I love, love, LOVE baby cardigans. And babies. And Sarah. And Erin and Tucker. And the idea that I may knit someday too...gosh, I loved everything about this story!!!

Posted by: Guard Wife at February 06, 2008 09:19 AM (20Lnu)

6 You are so sweet Sarah. Erin is so blessed to have you for a friend. Thank you for loving her soooo much. Tucker will look awesome in that sweater.

Posted by: Erin's Mom at February 06, 2008 04:14 PM (hbcdf)

7 you stung my eyes with tears on that one, too. . . . wow.

Posted by: prophet at February 07, 2008 04:51 AM (Yagmr)

8 As a non-knitter I looked at that thing and thought "there is no way in HE!! that is gonna be a garment". You people are geniuses. Genuisi? Well, damned impressive, for certain. What an incredible gift! Well done!!

Posted by: LauraB at February 07, 2008 07:58 AM (wxXYO)

9 Awwwwwwwwwwwww....... that is so sweet!!!!!

Posted by: Jana at February 07, 2008 08:51 AM (O2baV)

10 LauraB- I thought the same thing. There's no way in HELL that could turn out to be THAT sweater!! But, it did, and I am incredibly impressed!!!

Posted by: AFSister at February 08, 2008 06:42 PM (EGqkd)

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