30 May 2008

Instant Knitting Karma

Here is the Short Circuit Scarf I made for my cousin, from 2 balls of divine Noro Silk Garden. They are the perfect colours for her, and I started it when I visited my uncle (her dad) in Royal Melbourne Hospital, when he was starting treatment for leukaemia (he's back home and is in remission - things are looking good!).

It's all finished, the ends are darned in, and - well - oooh it's so lovely.... she doesn't know I've made it for her... would it be very bad if I kept it for myself? YES, yes, it would. Bad Jejune! I overcame my selfishness, wrapped it nicely, and posted it to her on Tuesday.

Literally 2 minutes after stepping outside of the post office, the deed done, my phone rang. It was a lovely lovely woman in Cooma, who had - OMFG - picked up my knitting notebook way back in January!! It had fallen out of our car in the car park in Cooma. She finally sat down and looked through it, and found my mobile number!!! She's posting it back to me. I will send her something to thank her...

So that's my Instant Knitting Karma story. Are we all convinced there is a Knitting Goddess now?

ETA : 1:30 pm The book has just arrived in the post! Yay! The lady who runs Busyfingers Craft in Cooma found it, and had it on display in her front window for months to see if anyone recognised it... and my mobile number was on the first page, thank goodness. What an adventure it's had! Now, to send her a nice thank you gift...

Also, I must admit it never occurred to me to wash and block the Noro scarf, so I have no idea if it gets softer on washing, sorry ladies! It drapes very nicely, but isn't terribly soft to start with. I'll have to ask my cousin to give it a dunk and let me know :)

16 comments:

  1. It's just brilliant news! So lucky!

    How did you find the noro washed up? Softer than it feels in the skein?

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  2. Yay! Is the woman a knitter too? It would definitely be a kick if she was. I love this sort of story. Makes me feel so much happier about human nature after the scare I had with a drunk young man with a baseball bat during the week.

    Curious about the post-wash Noro too. It didn't appeal to me very much in the skein and I've been wondering what the big deal is.

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  3. Goodness! That is amazing!

    And yes, I do believe in karma. Just that sometimes it might not be instant!

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  4. yay for karma and knitting goddesses! The scarf is lovely and that is such great news about your knitting journal. I was just thinking this week how terribly annoying it would be if I lost mine - must make sure my contact details are in there.

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  5. Excellent news! Always so lovely to hear about the *good* things.

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  6. cant believe you had the strength to gift something made out of noro, that has come up so lovely...youre a better woman than me. but im glad you were rewarded with your notebook. nice end to that story.

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  7. What goes around, comes around. Terrific news that you got your book back.

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  8. Oh, hooray! I love it when things get back home this way.

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  9. Oh, hooray, hooray!! Wow, the good you do comes back to you, doesn't it? And hooray for your uncle, too!

    The scarf is just lovely. I just finished a silk garden scarf and have not yet blocked it. I'll give it a bath tonight. It was peculiar to find bits of vegetable material in the yarn as I knit. Most commercially processed wool is run through a strong alkalyne bath to burn out the plant bits. It also makes the wool more itchy. The silk garden doesn't have that scratchy feel, so I'm thinking they skipped the caustic bath for it.

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  10. Isn't it wonderful when these things happen? Great news!!

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  11. Oh good for you. I definitely believe in the concept of a karma bank. As long as I keep my deposits ahead of my withdrawals, I'm doing ok. I washed my Noro Kureyon socks and they are still quite scratchy. Not much softening up but I still wear them because they are so colorful and gorgeous.

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  12. I wanted to get in touch with the taphophile but because I haven't blogged for a while and have changed my blog name etc I seem to be blocked. You will know why I want to leave a message. Please can you help.
    I used to be Redumbrella, but am now WalledGarden
    Cheers Gllian

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  13. What a great story with a very happy ending. It just goes to show you that sometimes good deeds get rewarded.

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  14. We are all bound by a single thread...or in this case, yarn!

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  15. omg that is sooo cool yae for karma

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