My favourite story from NOVELTY YARN

April 28, 2010

Knitted in Love

One of my island neighbours knit her husband a toque. Forty years later he still wears it.

She tells him that it has become ugly with age — he wears it. She explains that the yarn has become piled — he wears it. She says the colours have faded — he wears it.

“You knit it for me. You knit it for me when we, when our love was oh so young,” he coos. “I don’t want a new toque. I don’t want any toque but this one.” He draws her into his arms and kisses her.

“Oh, I give up,” she laughs.

Later, when he is having an afternoon nap, she confides in me, toque in hand. “I’m going to take this old thing and burn it. You see how ugly it is!” She pauses. “It’s just…it’s just that…he feels the cold so. Maybe if I could make one exactly like it. The same colour — the same pattern…”

“What’s the matter?” I ask.

“Well, dear,” she says. “It just won’t work.”

“Why not?”

“I lost the pattern years ago and these old hands they just won’t hold the needles.”

“I could help you,” I offer. “I can design a toque exactly like this one.”

“Really? Well, that would be wonderful dear.” She says and hands me a plastic bag containing yarn and adds the toque.

Arriving home, I set to work. I examine the toque and am impressed — it is a clever design. There a few things I would change, I think. I resist the impulse. I replicate the toque. I knit the last stitch, sew the seam, and weave in the ends.

I place the remaining yarn and the toques in the plastic bag and walk back to my neighbour’s. She is pleased to see me and enquiries about my progress.

“I’m finished,” I say handing her the bag.

She takes the new toque out of the bag and then hands the bag back to me. She closely examines my work. She grins — she is pleased. Her husband sails into the kitchen, grabs the toque and says, “I’m going for a walk.” He kisses her and waves to me.

Victorious, we wait until he leaves and then we share a laugh.

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2 Responses to “My favourite story from NOVELTY YARN”

  1. holessence Says:

    Leanne – That was a GREAT story to jumpstart my day. It made me laugh, thank you!

    Laurie Buchanan

  2. Oh, thank you Laurie. I’m so glad you enjoyed my story.

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