You know what it's like when you get really involved in a great book? You start to view necessary activities (eating, sleeping) as intrusions. Anything that takes you away from the compelling nature of you, and the pages, and what will happen next is an extreme inconvenience.
That's what knitting Caroa Dubh has been like. Will I have enough yarn? Why can I not make a shawl collar in fewer than eight tries? Will this even fit me? Will I have enough yarn? I just kept turning the pages, fully embroiled in the story.
And it did fit..
And I did have enough yarn.
And even though I still don't fully understand the collar I made, I really like it.
Even the buttons are exactly what I would have hoped for. (Get some for yourself here )
Remember when I said I had only just begun to think about what it would be like to actually wear this yarn? I didn't know the half of it. It's hefty. It's comforting. And this is a big surprise: It's silky. For all its fuzzy hand-spun-itude, this yarn, when knit, is silky and drapey in the way that fur would be, if a person were to wear it. It's luxurious and indulgent, and downright sexy.
There was just enough chill in the air this morning for me to wear it to the bus stop with the kids. The breeze was knocking the first of the yellow leaves out of the trees. The sun was coming up pink over the mountain. I waved to the Smallies as their bus pulled away from the curb. Then I threw my arms around myself and hugged tight, breathing in the cool morning air and thinking how lucky I am that my job is to make beautiful things, and then share them with my friends.
And, just like when I finish a book I've been deeply engaged in, I am more than a little melancholy to have finished Caora Dubh. I have that sense of emptiness you get at the end of a really great project.
Of course, there is still the pattern for me to write, should anybody be interested. Drop me a line if you are. Ever wonder what the characters in the story do after you close the cover on the last chapter? I think the rest might be yours to write.