Some people are not fond of pink. It definitely has a (smallish) space in my wardrobe though. It is also a colour which I will forever associate with my baby girl.
I bought the yarn for this shawl a while ago, with the express intention of knitting something for her. It has taken a while to decide on the right pattern! I am supremely happy to show you the result today:
My baby girl is no longer a baby. She’s a grown girl who will celebrate her 20th birthday in just a few days. I guess this is my last chance to knit her something pink before she complains I’ll never think of her as an adult! It’s going in the post to keep my girl warm where she lives in England.
I sometimes think that being a parent is one of the most heart-breaking things to be in the world. From the moment they are born, they begin on their journey to eventually leaving you and setting out in the world on their own. Loving and leaving – two vastly different sentiments, yet so intimately entwined.
The first smile, the first step, the first word, all celebrated with joy. That first day at school, waving a happy goodbye (I shed the tear, not her!) That first drive down the driveway… without me. The stoic farewell at the airport as she embarked on her life journey. It’s all part of being a parent, isn’t it? Raising a balanced, happy individual who is ready and willing to venture into the world on their own, living an independent life. Being able to love, and yet let go.
Every single stitch of this shawl was knitted thinking of her. I miss her very much, and I hope that when she wears this shawl around her shoulders on cold winter mornings (she’s already told me it will be her ‘house shawl’) it will remind her of her mum, and that even though I am very far away, she is never far from my thoughts.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from my previous post – there’s still time if you’d like the chance to win a copy of “Lit Knits”.