Back in October a good friend came for a visit. She was admiring my knitting and asked if I could make her another cowl. A few years ago I knit one for her and she loved it. She requested one in red this time. I told her it might take a little while as I had lots of projects going on but I would get it to her.
Christmas knitting followed, then Olympic knitting and other projects. In the back of my mind I knew I needed to get that cowl done. I would fit it in somewhere.
A few weeks ago I got a phone call saying that my friend lost her son unexpectedly. I felt horrible. I felt even worse because they live far away and I couldn't be there. So I started knitting. I had a design swirling around my head for a couple of weeks so I just started knitting.
I probably did more ripping back than knitting but I thought about my friend through all of it and was praying she would find comfort somehow.
I didn't like the size so I ripped it out.
I didn't like the drape so I ripped it out and used larger needles.
I finally settled on the pattern and although I will make some modifications, I'm sure this is what my friend was looking for.
Since I can't be there to hug her I'm sending this to hug her instead.