Saving the Best for Last

There was a parcel from my Secret Pal at the post office today. I gathered what self-control I had and carried it home unopened. Then I grabbed my camera and took both outside into the cat run, so I could do the Grand Opening Ceremony while sitting next to the bonsaied jade tree one of the builders gave me, in the sunshine.

Peri Peri seemed to sense the importance of the occasion, and positioned himself in a warm spot to observe.

The box opened to reveal a collection of wonderful knitterly treats. There was my favourite sock yarn. There was the cutest sheep bookmark. There was chocolates.

And there was a pair of handknit socks.

I just sat and stared at those socks, picking them up, turning them over and over and gazing at them in amazement. Something struck me at that moment that I hadn’t realised before.

Nobody has knitted me anything since I was a child.

Or had they? Maybe I’d forgotten. Surely in the frenzy of knitting that’s been happening in the last few years, someone had knit me something. I made a cup of tea, opened the chocolates and tried on the socks. They fit perfectly.

And though I racked (or is that wracked?) my brain, I still couldn’t think of a knitted item I owned that someone had knit me. The closest object to a knitted gift I own is Sarina the sock monkey.

So I just sat there and enjoyed the chocolates, tea, sunshine and the awe that came from knowing that a near-stranger had spent hours knitting me these beautiful socks then sent them to me. I was caught between wanting to take them off and frame them, and wear them for the rest of the day – and every day from now on.

And Peri Peri’s expression pretty much summed up the way I felt:

So thankyou, Secret Pal (or can I call you Michelle?), from the bottom of my heart.

6 thoughts on “Saving the Best for Last

  1. I am so glad that you like them, and that they fit. It’s always a pleasure to knit for someone you know will appreciate them.

    I’m glad Peri Peri recognised the solemnity of the occasion, too.

    Thanks for being such a great Pal, and for liking the same yarns I like, thus giving me the opportunity to buy stuff for both of us at the same time.


  2. Oh, yes! This Secret Pal thing has led to quite a bit of stash enhancement for me, too.

    If you do feel like going on a bit of a yarn crawl when you come to Melbourne, I’ll be more than happy to chaffeur you.

    And at last I can visit your blog and find out who this generous Secret Pal with excellent taste in yarn is!

  3. Upon reflection, it has occured to me that you have had something knitted for you before this. Remember the knitted chocolate bar that came in package 2? I knitted that, too.

  4. Yes! I just spent an hour or so cleaning up my office and there, sitting patiently behind the pile of tax documents that has been growing ominously, was the chocky bar. I grabbed it and yelled “Aha! There was something else!”. I straight came here to blog about it, but you’ve beat me to it.

  5. They are indeed nice socks! You can tell a lot of time and effort have been invested on knitting them.

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