Friday, September 18, 2009

Row 53

A few years ago, as we were cleaning out the attic of our mother's house, I found several bags of old worsted weight yarn. Being a bonified yarn snob, I admit that I pretty much snub my nose at that kind of yarn for my own projects. But I kept it all - just in case----

I have all of this yarn in two large baskets in the sacred yarn room - and actually from time to time, I do find uses for it. Last week when I was having a maniac cleaning and straightening of the yarn room - I found this in the bottom of Mother's yarn collection. This appears to be the beginnings of a cabled scarf, obviously unfinished, but with the needles, cable needle and row counter just as she left them - the counter was set on row 53.



How many times have I put away a project, just as this, saying that I would return to finish it at a later date. Finding this memento was like having a special little visit with my mother. I imagined her fingering the yarn, working the needles, wondering "did the cables come easy for her ?" - who was she making this scarf for?



This treasure needed a home. I framed it inside a little shadow box - just as I had found it. Actually, Mother had placed the knitting needles and cable needle on the wrong side of the scarf, so when I framed it, I turned the cables to the outside on one corner so that her beautiful handiwork could be seen. The true cabled side is actually very beautiful, but I just could not bring myself to take the needles out and place them on the other side of the scarf - I wanted to frame it just as I had found it.



After our parents died, I still remember that my best friend Mary told me that someday, my parents would visit with me again, in my dreams and in my life - somehow I would know that they were there. She was right----

Is this not a wonderful treasure for a Sacred Yarn Room?



"So live that your memories will be part of your happpiness".







11 comments:

Louise said...

What a beautiful story. I feel that our parents are always with us.

Anonymous said...

Your treasure is absolutely beautiful! I can't imagine how shocked and happy you were when you uncovered this wonderful surprise. It looks beautiful. I know your mother is smiling.
M

Mary Anne said...

Awesome story....

Deb said...

Hi Vicki ~ I guess I wasn't following your blog back in '09 so I clicked through your link in the current post to read about your treasure you found. How very wonderful! I love the way you made it a momento for your yarn room. Love it!

Silke said...

Oh, Vicki, that is such a great story! I have similar ones from when my mother died many, many years ago. They are still with us in so many ways, aren't they? I think it's wonderful that you get to share your mother's love for yarn... Love, Silke

mairedodd said...

a treasure indeed, so glad you placed that in a shadow box... a reminder of how we live our lives, and how important the present moment is...

Deborah said...

This really touches my heart...beautifully written. I love how you displayed the scarf without removing the needles. Such a treasure.
**kisses** Deb

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

That is a treasure indeed! It must have brought tears to your eyes! I am so blessed to have my parents still with me. Than k you for sharing this and what a wonderful idea to have it framed! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Dreams and Decor said...

I was reading your post of the tour of your studio, when I clicked on the link you had to this post. This was such a warm and sweet post! I had tears by the time I finished reading! I'm so glad you framed this treasure & can now enjoy it & let it bring back wonderful memories of your Mother! So many times people intend to display their treasures but never get around to doing so & they remain hidden in drawers or closets. I have some vintage photos of family ancestors that I've been wanting to do something with for the past couple of years, & this has inspired me to get them out & either frame them or use them in an art project, where I can display them & enjoy them. I'm putting this on my list to do this summer when I take time off work! Thanks for the inspiration and the awesome post! Patti

connieJ said...

This is a beautiful story. It made me wonder what my own children will say when they find some of my UFO's. I hope that they are as thoughtful as you were. I owned a yarn shop for 20 years so I can definitely relate.:)

Joan said...

I really loved your story, too...but, you are the special one that made your "find" a treasure! Not everyone would have thought of the creative way to preserve your mother's knitted piece. How wonderful of you to lovingly frame the knitted scarf..her "gift" to YOU!
Thank you, I loved reading your story. Joan