Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Sweater for Raven

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a wonderfully lazy day knitting a wee baby cardigan. I thought some of you might like to see how it turned out.

For those of you who are interested, this is the Easy Baby Cardigan from the book More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.
I love the seed stitch detailing on the button band and cuffs. I found these sweet mother-of-pearl vintage buttons at my local thrift shop.

A did a little steam blocking of the sweater today. While lounging on the beach with my friends this afternoon, I attached the buttons. It will go into a box and be shipped off to the the newborn babe it was created for, little Raven Pearl. Isn't that the best name?!

There's something so wonderful about making something FOR someone. Sure, it's great to just make something. I love just making stuff. But when you make a gift for someone, you have lots of time to think about that special someone. You might think about good times you've spent together. Or how much you love that person and what they mean to you. It's almost a way of praying for that person, or meditating on that person. It is my hope that with each stitch, your best intentions and wishes for those that will make use of the gift are magically transferred into whatever it is you are making. "Made with love" doesn't sound so corny to me anymore.

So while I was knitting up this little sweater for a girl I had yet to meet and had yet to be born, I thought about how very fond I am of her parents, what a wonderful life she will have, how she will be absolutely loved and adored by so many. And just for a little bit, I can help to keep her cozy and warm. 

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