Some happiness, with yarn

I have one last Project Spectrum April photo for you. These are birthday tulips from the gang at the bookstore. Oh, aren’t they beautiful! I’m excited about the possibilities for Project Spectrum’s May color — green — because it’s not a color I knit with very often, but I’m drawn to all its variations and endless possibilities.
I found a nice, simple stitch for that Brooks Farm Mohair. “Lace Rib” from Barbara Walker’s First Treasury fits my requirements: easy to memorize four-row repeat, an open look that will show the yarn’s lovely texture, and enough firmness to keep its wild nature under control. I’m knitting it on 4.5mm Brittany birch needles (one of my birthday presents to myself). As I was getting into the groove of this nice stitch, it began to feel very familiar. Had I used it before? What did I make? Why was I so drawn to it? Why was it so easy for me to remember the steps? The answers became clear:

Of course I know this stitch. It’s the same one I used for the scarf I made in 2002 with the same Brooks Farm Primero in that lovely soft blue and lavender colorway! The yarn that was the cause of my renewed obsession with knitting! The only yarn I purchased at Rhinebeck that year! For that first scarf I used smaller needles — probably 3.75mm — because the fabric is denser. I’d know for sure if I’d kept any sort of records, but that would have meant I was admitting I was obsessed. Not me, no, not at all.

The truth is that the trip to Rhinebeck in 2002, and the purchase of that yarn and the little bit of fiber that came home too (it finally became this scarf in 2005) was the best thing that had happened to me in a long, long time.

So I suppose it’s fine that I’m knitting the same stitch in the same yarn. It’s just one more step in my journey out from the center.


This is the yarn I gave myself for my birthday. It’s 520 yards of Frog Tree Alpaca Handpaints in Cactus Rose (I tried to find a good link to post, but no luck). Judy and I took a drive to Port Jefferson and a shop called The Knitting Cove. Did I take any pictures, though? That would have made sense, so no, I didn’t. It was a beautiful day, we had a ton of fun, and I came home with these two lovely skeins. I’m picturing a small triangular shawl, simple lace pattern…

After a delicious birthday dinner, a cake with yellow flowers on it, the tulips, more tulips, presents galore, friends, and more laughter than I thought possible (wait, that’s not true, those screams and hoots are normal for us!) my birthday week is over. It was sweet and fun, and I think I’ll do it again next year!

I had one more special birthday treat. My mom left a message for me yesterday, sounding a little upset. It wasn’t the case, though. She wanted to wish me a happy birthday. This is momentous on several levels: 1) she remembered; 2) she managed to make the call; and 3) it turns out that she’d orchestrated a complicated flower delivery (more lovely tulips) that apparently involved my nephew B because my sister S wasn’t at home at the time (at least I think that’s what happened). No matter. I’m touched, and so grateful for my little mother.

7 thoughts on “Some happiness, with yarn

  1. Oh, sweet Jane, what a lovely post.Am so glad for all the events that celebrated you & for your momma’s call – I can imagine how they impacted you.XOXO


  2. Another happy birthday wish to keep the sweet fragrance of birthday joy a moment longer. What beautiful birthday yarn too. And how sweet to get that call from your mother. sweetest of all, no? But sweetie – next year it is TheBirthdayMonth!!!!!


  3. tulips and a call from Mom – that was the icing on the cake of a lovely day! Oh Jane – I am so happy for you! I bought some Brooks Farm Yarn while at Stitches, and haven’t known what to do with it yet… your pattern of choice is divine!TP>S> I agree with Bess, we should all do ‘birthday months’


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