When you pick up and move across continents, you’d think that bonds would be stretched to the breaking point. But bonds between friends only strengthen, especially when tied with a skein or two (or ten) of yarn.
Heidi called a few weeks ago and said, “Let’s knit the same thing for each other so that we can feel like we’re knitting together.”
Stacy answered, “Well, that sounds fun, but you’ll get the raw end of that deal because my knitting stinks.”
Of course, Heidi disagreed with my assessment of my own knitting skills, but that is what friends do – they build up your confidence while encouraging you to improve. She sent me the supplies because in my tiny town, there is no store that deals in quality yarn. Heidi does not knit with cheap yarn.
Opening the box was like opening a Christmas present. Heidi is the best gift-giver – she always adds lagniappe (“a little something extra” in Louisiana vernacular). First I found this sign: Happy. Yes, that is what Heidi wants for me, and I accepted it without reservation. Happiness comes at a premium, but it flows freely when I’m with Heidi, or with a box of goodies that comes from Heidi.
These spring pastels are the colors she chose for our project. She left very specific instructions: 1) You must smile while knitting. 2) You must not worry while knitting. 3) You must be happy while knitting.
She even packed some knitting candy. Sugar. Yes, I can handle that as well.
Heidi chose a series of patterns for precious dress-shaped washcloths. I worked furiously to finish the project before Easter. (I’m such a slow knitter!) Knitting with Heidi – though removed from one another by time and space – made me happy, and I was sure to knit some of that happiness into the dress cloths to share with her. No, bonds of friendship do not break so easily. Especially when they are knitted with yarns of varying hues.
Υou do such a lovely work with your knitting! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!
Thank you for stopping by, Olympia! ❤
What a great idea!! Love it!
It really did the trick for me – felt like Heidi and I were together for a while. ❤
Clicked the link to your site after you visited my poem-a-day blog. What a heartwarming post. I have a friend like yours, and though she doesn’t knit, if she did she would definitely include chocolate with the instructions! You have a lovely site–I’m so glad I visited.
I sincerely appreciate your kind words. Thank you for stopping by! ❤
What a fantastic idea! So creative in many ways. I love her instructions to be happy and not to worry while knitting. That’s a good policy at all times (though I have done plenty of knitting-to-soothe-my-unhappy-nerves) but especially when making a gift for a friend.
She’s a very good friend, and she gives me good advice. ❤
That was a very sweet motivational gift from your friend Heidi! Your work did turn out lovely as well. So glad you felt that bonding across the continents and you are so right; distance does not affect that!
Hugs to you,
We are only a few hours from each other by highway now, but sometimes it still feels like an ocean. It’s hard to be far from good friends.
Hugs to you, too, Mariette!
I think this is a wonderful idea! And the dishcloths are so sweet! ~ Linne
It was a fun project – not too difficult that I got frustrated and not so easy that it looked simple. ❤
What a special friend – and what a fun idea to knit the same thing together! Your projects are darling. Lovely post – made me smile 🙂 xoxo
She makes me smile a lot, too, Karen. ❤
What a beautiful idea. Friendships are golden.
Yes, they are, indeed! I’m lucky to have Heidi! ❤
What a lovely post 🙂 Thank you 🙂
How sweet of you to stop by and say so, MissWillow! ❤
What a lovely thought, and how thoughful of Heidi! This whole post made me smile. I love knitting myself and love the colours chosen by Heidi. And she even included knitting candy! Fabulous! 🙂
She really does think of everything, doesn’t she? I’m so lucky to have her! ❤