In June, my friend Elizabeth Foss gave me the nicest birthday present… She gathered a spiritual bouquet for me in the comments of her blog, and I can’t tell you how often I’ve turned back to those pages for encouragement and happiness.
Since Esther’s more tangible gift is, of course, not yet finished, I thought I’d borrow Mrs. Foss’s beautiful idea and collect some birthday blessings for Esther. (meanwhile, f.y.i., the yarn for her socks was the Easter Egg dyed yarn from the tutorial I posted a while back…)
Our family got to visit Esther last week, and I took a few pictures. Can you guess what this photo, above, is? First correct answer in the comments wins a hank of undyed sock yarn and a package of Easter Egg dyes with which to dye it. If you’re stuck, go read this post about Esther for a big clue.
I didn’t realize until we were planning this visit that Esther had never met George! But before we spent time all together, Esther rescued Emily and me from the world’s ickiest hotel room and took us to a breezy quiet park to learn to crochet.
I have wanted to learn how to crochet for years and years but my need became more urgent when one of my friends wanted a pair of legwarmers that required an edging of single crochet. I am so blessed to have friends who are happy to help out my other friends, and a group of us made fast work of these legwarmers. But I wanted to do the crochet part myself.
So we learned. Foundation chain, single crochet, double crochet. I think perhaps chemobrain makes it harder to learn new skills. But Esther was patient with me 🙂 As a knitter, I am totally a thrower. Continental just doesn’t work for me, unless I’m doing two color work and have one yarn in each hand. I knew I was pretty stuck in my ways, but we proved it when I started chatting while crocheting and she caught me with my yarn in my right hand, throwing just as when I knit. I have been trying hard to keep things right as I’ve been practicing, but without the benefit of Esther’s watchful eyes, I tend to forget.
I was briefly tempted to keep Esther all to myself for the morning, but Emily needed a break from all those boys as much as I did. Plus, she NEEDED to learn how to crochet, too. Something about non-euclidian geometric solids. It’s a math thing. You can find in depth videos about it with lots of five syllable words in them on youtube.
I’m not sure whether this was exactly what she was intending to make. We decided it was more aquatic than geometric. I guess we both need more practice.
But meanwhile, Esther’s birthday. She isn’t on facebook. Many of her friends are, though. If all you NMSLers reading this on facebook will click through to the real blog and leave a comment for Esther, I’m sure she’d love it. She reads the comments even when they’re not special blessings for her, so this would be an extra wonderful treat on her birthday. Thank you so much.