Friday, August 03, 2007

In which I am ungrateful and peevish

Y'all might recall that I only had one week off from work when Hester got discharged from her 7-week NICU stay. That sucked bigtime. I was so stressed: My work families were demanding, my child care kids were nuts, and Hester herself needed lots of TLC. Most days I wanted to run away and live in a cave with Hester and Petunia and never see anyone else ever ever again.

In the midst of that horrendously difficult first week of work, one of my work moms gave me some yarn she picked up while Hester was in the hospital. "I really liked these colors!" she said, "And I know you like to knit, so I thought this would make a nice summer sweater for the baby. There's definitely enough yarn here for a baby sweater--I checked with the woman at the yarn shop." And though I knew she meant the gift in a kind, generous way, in my stress haze all I could think was, "FUCK!!! Another demand on my time. Sport-weight (thin) yarn. And the gifter is at my house all the time so she'd know if I let the project sit. Gah!"

Resentfully, I started the sweater back in March. I finally finished it 2 weeks ago. It still needs blocking and some I-cord ties, but whatever: It's done. I'm still not appropriately grateful for the gift--the timing was terrible!--but I'm so glad to have knit this sweater for little Hester.

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Anonymous Jenny PP said...

I totally hear you about the yarn "gift" and I witnessed your stress over it first hand, but it has indeed made a lovely sweater for the lovely Hester Willa, so I'm glad you got to finish it.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Hashbrown said...

IT is beautiful. You did wonderful work. But I am with you on the sport weight. IT was even a thin sport weight. Almost fingering or sock weight.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Barb said...


11:06 AM  
Anonymous Round is Funny said...

The sweater is beautiful, and she just keeps getting cuter.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Even though I'm an avid knitter, I totally would have had the same reaction as you with the yarn. It's obvious that she meant well, but particularly from a client- there's just has some pressure with that. And even more particularly when you've only had 1 week off with your family.

But, regardless it is a LOVELY sweater. Thanks so much for posting pics on it. You know how I like seeing pictures of knitting ;) The construction looks nice and it's just such a sweet sweater on the sweetest little girl.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Oz said...

Love the sweater - it's beautiful!

I've got a big ole basket of yarn from similar gifts, but I've been too lazy to make most of them in to anything.

12:50 PM  

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