friendship

Keeping Promises

Tamiko.

First a co-worker, then a friend, now a sister friend.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  ❤

I’ve talked about her on this blog before.  I’ve talked about the way she encourages me, fights with me, loves me and is still after 10 years, one of my biggest supporters.  She’s seen me sick, well, at my worst and at my best.  So why did it take so long for me to make her something handmade?  I’m like that knitter who makes fifty million things for so many people and never an item for a significant other.  I used to be that person … but not anymore!!!!  Huzzah!!!

She bought these gloves last winter, sent me the picture and asked for a hat.

I should have whipped that hat up in no time, but you know how it is …  I lollygagged.  Shameful, I know.  Even more shameful is that she has the 45th and the current political climate to thank for me finishing this.  Daily, as events unfold, I’m beyond flabbergasted at the blatant lies, the corruption, the hate and the broken promises.  Or as some say — “alternative facts”  🙄  I know not making a hat is not a big deal to some, but to me it is.  The longer I took to make it, the more likely it was that I wouldn’t finish it, and the nearer I got to a broken promise.   In my mind, I gave her my word and I needed to make good on that or really, I’d be just as disingenuous as these politicians who disgust me with their broken promises.   So I whipped up this little beauty:

And she loves it!  I haven’t seen her in it yet but I was assured, she thinks it’s “absolutely beautiful”.   Her joy was worth every puff stitch I cussed at.  :blush:

I’m just happy to have kept my word, kept my promise.

“Promise only what you can deliver. Deliver more than you promise.” ~ Author Unknown

  • Pattern: Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat
  • Designer: Jessica Suzanne
  • Yarn Used: Lionbrand’s Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Grey Pearl
  • My Difficulty Rating:  Beginner.  From what I read, the puff stitch seems to be intimidating to some people but it’s really not.  The trick is to keep the loops loose so it’s easy to pull the last stitch through all the loops.
  • Comments: Although I went up a hook size (used K), the hat didn’t come out slouchy.  The pattern is definitely one I’d make again, the next time I’ll go up two hook sizes to get the extra slouch.

Gratitude Sunday: Thank You!

I think by now most of you know that I’ll be going for surgery on Friday coming (May 23rd).  My arm issue that I’ve been dealing with since October has turned out to be a bigger deal than everyone suspected.  So on Friday, I’ll be going under anesthesia and the “knife”.  LOLOL!

Usually, I’m okay with these things since I’ve had a number of major surgeries before but for some reason, I’m getting quite anxious.  I suppose it’s all the deaths of friends and family members from the beginning of the year, work stress and just having to deal with all this without my mom.  The anxiety has been messing with my mind today.  But every time I get anxious, God has shown me that He’ll be with me — in His own way and also through reminders of you all.  I’m being reminded of all the encouragement and support you’ve provided for me.  During this time and over the years that you’ve been reading this blog.

So today, rather than my typical gratitude post, I’ll leave you with this video.  I saw this before on Andi’s blog and when I typed in search words “thank you” on Vimeo, it was one of the first ones that appeared in the search results.   I figured that must be a sign.  A sign to let you know how much I appreciate you all.  A sign to let you know that today, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for you.

So here’s to you all and thank you for your support, prayers and encouragement.