Monday, August 3, 2020

Waiting Pattern

I have one niece and four nephews. I have given up trying to figure out what to make them. I let them decide. 

Eldest nephew's birthday was the day after Christmas. He turned 14. He requested a drumstick bag (that he got at the beginning of May). Yes, I was behind. 

The twins' birthday came next at the end of April. They turned 7. Via their mom (my SIL) I was told they wanted a Spinosaurus and a shark. After sending those off, I got word via their dad (my brother) that they wanted a kracken and a dragon. Christmas, perhaps. 

Middle nephew's birthday was a little over a week after that, on Star Wars Day. He turned 10. And he asked for (and received) a squid

Between middle nephew's birthday and niece's is about five weeks. I sent her a card and a text with the same message: she got to pick what she wanted me to make her. 

Niece turned 19. When I didn't hear from her for over a month, I didn't worry. She's an adult now. If she wants me to make her something, she has my phone number. She can get in touch with me. 

I was surprised by her text. She found a pattern online of what she wants. (Actually, she found two, but she eventually picked one.) That makes things really simple for me. 

We discussed fiber and color. She's currently enamored of periwinkle. We figured a summer top should be made out of cotton. I didn't have such a thing in my stash, so I ordered the yarn online. I tasked niece with measuring herself (or having someone do it) because I won't guess on sizing. She said she'd send me those measurements in a day or two. 

It took a bit over a week for the yarn to arrive. 


That's the pile of all that I ordered. One skein looks like: 


I've already wound one skein into a ball and started a swatch: 


So, I'm all ready to begin. But I can't. Because niece still hasn't sent me her measurements... 

I sent her a reminder text. She informed me she's camping and will get those measurements to me soon. 

Uh huh. Sure. Whatever. 

She's an adult. If she gets her summer top in the fall, it won't be my fault.

21 comments:

  1. That is such a gorgeous color! I'm sure she will appreciate it no matter when she gets it. So sweet of you to make it for her and all the others too. Have a great week :)

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    1. I'd say thanks, but I really can't take credit for it ;)

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  3. Your dedicated and its nice staying it touch with the nieces and nephews. You got the fun to make it happen!

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  4. That is a pretty color. I can't wait to see the top when it's done.

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  5. Periwinkle is a fave of mine was well. May she get back to you soon!

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  6. It's such pretty yarn. I hope she gets back to you soon just so I can see the result :)

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  7. So true with her being an adult. She can always wear a sweater with it if she needs to. Pretty color yarn. Can't wait to see how the top looks!

    Betty

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  8. Lovely colour. And if she's anything like young people here, they don't let weather affect fashion choice. Seriously, how do they not freeze? But if she's 19 the top will fit her next summer as well.

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  9. That is a gorgeous color. Ah, teenagers. I was one once. I live in upstate New York and you would never know it was winter by how the teens waiting for the school bus (those who take it, that is) dress. (Pre-COVID, that is) So don't sweat it. I have great respect for those who can make tops. I never got the hang of it.

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    1. This one is just a tube top with straps added on after. I think you could handle it.

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  10. You are such a kind aunt! And a talented one.

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  11. That color is really pretty! That's a great idea to let people pick what you make for them. My sister would love that. She doesn't understand that it's a long process to learn to crochet, and has this idea that I can make anything. She's constantly tagging me in things she wants to make. If I ever become good at it, I'll have plenty of gift ideas for her.

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    1. There's another crafter who wrote a piece on why she would let her giftees pick what they wanted. You'll never make them something they don't want. No deadlines, as they'll get it when you finish it. And you don't have to figure out colors or styles or such. I recommend it highly.

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  12. You are so right about "the wait". "Children" of that age take their own sweet time, and their priorities are different. I am sure she will eventually send you the measurements.

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  13. Hi Liz - patience I guess ... and of course she's preoccupied with her friends and holiday. The colour is gorgeous though ... relax quietly! Cheers Hilary

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  14. Oooooh, pretty, Liz. I'm imagining myself in that color. I look quite swell. :-)

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  15. Ahh...teenagers, I remember being that age and always saying I would get to it. I love periwinkle and that yarn looks silky. It will be fun to see what you will make for her...once you get her measurements

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