I finished these fingerless mitts a few weeks ago. Since they were cast off the needles, lovingly wrapped in tissue and enclosed with a note, they have been sitting in my foyer on the ledge, waiting to meet their recipient. Every time I pass by the small grey and white striped box, I experience a quick succession of emotions.
First, anticipation. The individual for whom these were made has been an important person in our lives for over two years now. During our time together she has helped us navigate the choppy waters that being parents of a child with special needs brings; she has been a friend, sounding board, encourager and advice giver on top of her actual ‘official’ reason for being in our lives. I have seen her twice since this box has been sitting in my foyer, and while I have no issue pubilcly expressing my gratitude for having her in our lives, I would rather not have an emotional meltdown in front of unnecessary witnesses!
The second emotion experienced is loss. She is leaving our calendar. Her professional role will be assumed by a new individual, but she will never be replaced. I feel like I am losing a friend, but I know we will keep in touch.
Hope is the final feeling I am left with. During her time in our lives she provided not only her professional services, but instilled in me positivity, optimism, and a can-do mindset. It would be so easy and even understandable to those looking in to be defeatist, but her encouragement has brought me to a level of confidence in my parenting that I never would have imagined I could achieve.
The Café-au-Lait pattern is free on Ravelry, many thanks to the designer.
The yarn is Amerigo Apacquita, which I purchased in November 2014 at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. I liked the softness and the charcoal grey colour, but hadn’t a project in mind at the time. This skein has been sitting in my stash for a while, and I was pleased that I had something on hand that was suitable when I decided to cast on this pattern. Isn’t that the best feeling, when you want to get a new project going and don’t have to buy any supplies? Awesome. I think this pattern and yarn are a good match; I like how the yarn has fulled slightly with blocking and softens the stitch pattern.
I hope the recipient enjoys these mitts as she watches her kids at the arena skating and playing hockey. She has been such a blessing in our lives.