Oct 20, 2014

Small Things

The other night, while finishing the body of my Lonely Tree Shawl, I had a golden opportunity to sit with my 19-year old son and simply talk. He's home from college on a study break, and our conversation naturally flowed from light chit-chat at dinner to a more profound talk about career paths, relationships, and what it means to be a young adult in the 21st century. I know, heavy stuff but oh so good. He's my first and so I often feel like I'm learning how to be a good parent on him ... okay, maybe I should say with him .... and conversations like this one reminds me that I'm doing a good job. I don't typically write about such personal stuff, but I'm still feeling and thinking a lot about our talk so it feels natural to let it all continue to flow over here.

He's an artist, and I'd like to think of myself as someone who has a creative spirit and approach to life.  He would agree and is always incredibly positive and encouraging about my love of fiber, textiles, and yes, even my humble knitting.

Speaking of humble knitting, sometimes I get the urge to cast on something small and this lovely hat pattern jumped onto my needles over the weekend.  Like the Lonely Tree Shawl, I'm knitting this beanie in LB Collection Superwash Merino. I love knitting hats (talk about instant gratification) but I'm personally not a hat wearer myself.  As a knitter, it doesn't matter much as I'm really a process and not a product knitter.  Yeah, you should see the stash of finished goodies I have in my closet all waiting to be given away!


  1. Those are the best kind of talks Evelyn. As the mama to four boys I am always thankful for those opportunities to sit and listen to what is in their hearts.
    There must be something in the air for casting on, it's blowing down here too :)

  2. I agree with Tracey, these talks are the best kind. I treasure the times when my teenage son seeks me out to ask my opinion on something or just to talk. To me it's like he's five again and never grew up, sigh! Enjoy your instant gratification hat :)

  3. Small things, but such treasures...talking and listening and valuing each other's opinions. Love how your shawl is knitting up.

  4. That is so cool, that deep talk with your son. I hope to have those with my girls one day. I love this mustard like color. I used to wear it in high school.

  5. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with you son. It definitely speaks miles of your respect for each other as individuals aside from your strong parent/child relationship.

    Your shawl is coming together so nicely and I'm really intrigued by that hat pattern. Here's to more good quality conversations and knits ...