About this time last year, my then-two-year-old niece was the recipient of what I consider one of my best crocheted pieces yet: an adorable Seashells and Posies dress. I started and then re-started this dress at least three times before I finally got it right, but it was worth it. It’s the cutest thing ever, and Ava loves it. I am thrilled every time my sister chooses to dress my niece in it.
Ava wore the dress for her little sister, Isabella’s, christening last month. My sister considered having her wear it for Easter this year. When my mother asked what Isabella would wear, my sister said, “I was kind of thinking I want them to wear the same dresses this year.” Was this Liz’s way of asking if I’d make the same dress for my other niece? I remembered back, not so fondly, to the days Liz would call me “Granny” as I sat and crocheted. I never thought I’d see the day when she’d actually dress her kids in clothes I made for them, let alone imply that she might want me to make more. But God has a funny way of messing with us. My sister actually likes the things I make her kids. And tells me so. Which stills my heart each time I hear it.
So as I saw it, the challenge was on: either I make Isabella a dress just like Ava’s or they wear store-bought dresses for Easter. “Do you think you can finish it by Easter?” Liz asked. Um, I really have no idea. It took me a month to make the last one. And three false starts….
Then I started thinking about a couple other projects in my head that I’d yet to start. A baby blanket and a wedding blanket- both of which need to be done in the next couple months. Minor glitch: I’m going to be out of the country for the majority of the next couple months. So all these things need to be made….really soon.
So what happens? I get sick. Not just a few days. I’m down for a whole week. It’s the kind of cold where I don’t have energy to do much of anything but sit on the couch. When I get sick, it’s God’s way of saying, “Okay – time for you to slow down. Here. Try this.”
His timing (as usual) couldn’t have been more perfect. Well, there’s never a good time to get sick. But some times are better than others. I happened to be sent this lovely little illness not while on the road, not while in another country, but while in a room upstairs in my parent’s house. The yarn for all three projects had just come in (minus one skein that my youngest sister Meg hunted down for me). And though I had no energy to leave the house for a week, I DID have enough energy to crochet.
I am thrilled to report that I left the house today – for the first time in a week. I’m finally feeling better. Isabella’s dress? Just needs buttons sewed on the back and it will be finished. Baby blanket? Done. Wedding blanket? Well, here’s hoping….