Sunday, December 21, 2008

True Romance

Forget the roses. Give away the chocolates to someone else. Save the perfume for another day.
Want to know the way to a knitter's heart? Wear something your knitter made for you.

That's it. Simple, isn't it? It can't be faked. It can't be forced. Begging the recipient to wear that scarf or slip on those gloves just doesn't work. But let me tell you this: the sight of someone you loved enough to knit for happily wearing the item you knitted for him or her unleashes a powerful surge of emotions that can lead you into all sorts of wonderful possibilities.

I'm married forty years. (I'm 58 and married my one and only boyfriend. Make of that what you will but I would do it all over again with the same man in a heartbeat. No hesitation at all.) Anyway, I'm married longer than many of you have been alive and I know that while deep all-encompassing love is constant, fizzy, giddy romantic love tends to ebb and flow like the tides.

Last week Goldisox was heading out to the store and he popped up in the doorway of my office to ask if I needed anything and I just melted. Totally head-over-heels fell in love with him all over again. Why? He was wearing the zip-front sweater I knitted for him.

The sweater pretty much did me in. The fact that he was also wearing the Step socks I knitted for him turned me into total mush.

Knitting for someone is an act of love. Seeing that someone loving what you knitted for them? That's just about as good as it gets.


Anonymous carol said...

I must totally agree with you!

1:37 PM  
Blogger BeadKnitter said...


4:38 PM  
Blogger Katminder said...

Yesterday in the frigid windy MidWestern snow, dare I say, blizzard...? my husband of 31 years wore the bamboo wool socks I made him to snowblow the driveway. I was shocked! It was the first pair I'd made him, and he came in saying, 'hey, those socks are warm!' He's diabetic and usually can't tell if his feetsies are cold or not! Warmed my heart, too!

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a heart warming story, Barbara. Brought tears to my eyes.

Camry 60

6:54 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Awwwwww! You made me smile through my tears. I know exactly what you mean.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Deena C said...

I'm almost done crocheting a sweater for my husband; this will be the very first sweater that I've made in an adult size. He'll be wearing it on Christmas Eve for all to see at the family Christmas get together and I can't wait. I know that I'll be high on the knowledge that I made it for him with every bit of love I have in my heart and fingertips (grin)

By the way, if you haven't tried Red Heart Easy Tweed, I recommend it. it's luxurious for an inexpensive yarn and works up easily.


2:30 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Sweet! I made several scarves for my sister who loves them and is very clever about tying them. She wears a different one every time we get together, about once every 6-8 weeks, and it makes me feel really good.

8:39 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

So true! My husband (only 21 years; we're kids!) wore his pair of wool socks I knit all weekend. He even slept in them! I'm so happy, it almost made me giddy!

Kim in IA

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

On the other hand, fail to wear the socks you specifically ask for, and never wear the scarf you specifically asked for....

Well, the hubby gets no more hand knits. He likes seeing me knit, he likes to show me off (last Christmas, he had bought me a new spinning wheel, so I had to show my spinning skills to everyone Christmas day) and show off my work. But his logic on the lack of wearing handknits baffles me.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Great post, Barb. I've actually never knit my hubby anything, because he's very, very picky about socks and doesn't like sweaters. But I totally get the married young and forever in love thing!

10:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn Brocco said...

a heartwarming story!

Happy Holidays!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

That's awesome! Congrats, both of you (no matter if it isn't an actual anniversary day).

2:06 AM  

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