Knitting Love

One thing about knitter get togethers is that there is always a plethora of incredible handknits. The Cornwall retreat is no exception.

I took photos after class of people who were wearing handknits – I didn’t catch everyone but here is a representative sample.

Kelly with her Reversible Cable Shawl

Kelly with her Tangled Yoke

Ali's Shur'tugals (in Sokkusu-O)

Ingrid's Brainless socks in Wollmeise

Jane's Hap Shawl in Jamieson

Tricia & Lilith with their Caricia shawls

Michelle with her Aeolian Shawl

Judith with her colourwork jumper

Chris with her colourwork vest

Dominique with a gorgeous lace shawl

Sam with a soft cushy shawl (alpaca silk!)

Mairead with her twisted cables jumper

The craftsmanship and pride in these garments never fails to impress me. I think too that the hotel staff don’t quite know what hit them – I caught a few of them looking amazed and a little dazed after we paraded past them in our handknits.

While we are on knitting, my Lucky Sunday ruminations relate to the kindness of fellow knitters. I love being part of a network of knitters. Never have I been a part of something that is so infused with kindness and plain simple love. There is nothing like a knitted gift to banish the blues, or when life has given you a few knocks a little too close together, to put the world right again. A couple years ago I was going through a rough patch. And then out of the blue, I received a parcel in the post. Inside it, was this:

Love in a stitch

It is a Forest Canopy Shawl knit up in in a cosy, soft and scrumptious merino cashmere yarn. Joy knit this for me, because, she said, she thought I needed a hug. So she sent me one. This is one of my favourite shawls to wear – not only because it is beautiful and cosy, but because every time I wear it, I remember the hug Joy sent me. The time she took to make me the shawl. It reminds me that there is always light, joy and love in the world, even when it seems dark. Thank you Joy!