Monday, February 08, 2010
A friend, by the name of Val, is expecting her first baby. She's due today. She's hoping to have the baby BEFORE Valentine's day. We all hope, for her sake, that the baby comes before then.
I finished this sweater, which I nicknamed the Val-on-time sweater just about a week ago. I sewed the buttons on last Monday night and took it to her last Tuesday.
I am legendary for being late for everything. Ask any of my friends. I try hard and I am much reformed from my teen years but I'm still notorious. My mom used to say I was "slower than cold molasses running UP a hill in January." Oh, yes she did. And I would have reason to be upset if it weren't TRUE!
I am the last to finish a meal at the dinner table. I am the last mom to get my boots on when leaving the library. I am always running out of the house with makeup to put on in the car or a bit of toast to eat on the run. You get the picture.
I was really nervous about knitting a sweater for this baby. There are some that say that a baby will not come until its knitwear is ready. I didn't want to bear that burden of responsibility. I like Val. I didn't want her to hurt me, so I put my nose to the grindstone and knit on this almost exclusively from the time I bought the yarn (at my LYS boxing week sale) until it was finished.
And so, for once, I'm on time with something. I finished this sweater before the baby arrived, so I've done my part to encourage this child to come out into the world.
If the baby decides to wait a couple more days, perhaps it is because there are some other friends who aren't quite done with their projects for this wee one.
But Val, don't worry. I'm sure everyone else is just darning ends right now. That baby need not worry about being cold. S/he can just come on out into this world and know that s/he will be warmed by lots of love knit into warm coziness.
You just go ahead and do what you need to do.