|String Theory Caper Sock “Oban”|
At first, I was going to make just one Multnomah. I needed to knit something that was simple, soothing, and that made sense. Most of all, it had to help me as Annabelle was leaving. I knit and knit, with my little cat by my side. Before long it was finished, and it helped dry my tears.
|Sundara Sock “Through the Woods”|
Then I needed travel knitting as I went to see my mom, so I worked on some Hedgerow socks for my friend Reya. I’m still working on them. Somewhere in there I worked on an Allegan Cardigan from The Knitter’s Book of Wool, but that’s another story.
|Sundara FSM “Beach Pebbles”|
And then… I didn’t know what to do when my mother died. One day, when my sisters and I were discussing ways we could “represent” our mom at the memorial service, we talked about her favorite colors. She loved blues and purples and the color that Crayola calls Periwinkle. We decided to wear a color that Gig would like, so it came to me — another Multnomah. I had the right yarn (it was already being made into this, but I frogged it without hesitation) and I had enough time (about ten days).
I loved every minute that I spent knitting. Again, it soothed me, gave me focus, and helped me to feel like I was doing something. On the day of the memorial, it felt so good to wear the little shawl that I’d made, along with my mother’s pearl necklace.
I’m very grateful for Sundara and her artful colors. More than once — many times — she has created a color that becomes part of my story. My mother would have loved this Beach Pebbles Multnomah, too.
What am I working on now? I needed a project to take with me on my journey to the service and the wonderful visit I had with my family. It begins with an M and ends with an H…