It was a very different kind of holiday for me this year, most visible in the absence of handmade goods. Oh sure, there were some baked goods and there are some things I had made earlier in the year that I gifted, but really? Not very much. I had some sadness about that at times, but then I reminded myself of all I did "make" this fall. Namely that of a new space, which was so consuming of my time and creative energy this autumn. I love that space, I'm proud of its beginnings and hopeful about its future. I reminded myself as well, that this is just one year. That there are so many handmade treats that have come in the past and that will come in the future and that this one year that looks different will surely be a blip that I forget in just a matter of time. Some years look different.
But as things were cancelled last week, and some time freed up that I wasn't expecting, I sat in front of the tree one evening realizing that the kids didn't need me, I absolutely wasn't going to work or clean, but oh my goodness I could do some quick gift knitting! How many hats can one make in a 48 hour period? Well, a lot if you start with the teeniest tiniest most adorable new one in the family. I knit this Good Sport hat in no time at all for my newest little nephew, Coleman, just a few weeks old. And then of course, I used it as an excuse to hold him as long as possible at the family party after I gave it to him. Because oh the weight of such a little one in my arms? It feels so good. And they really are the most fun of all to knit for.
The yarn, I want to mention, is Cashgora, and it's from Port Fiber. It's such a special yarn - handspun by co-operatives of women in Tajikistan, each skein coming with a photo and story of the woman who spun the yarn. Casey wrote a piece about this cooperative and her time in Tajikistan in TRADE, an issue of Taproot that came out earlier this year.
If there was only to be a little bit of hand knitting in my holiday season this year, I'm glad that it was with such special yarn and for such a special little one. That feels just right.