Monday, June 4, 2018

Golden



We went home last weekend, to visit our families in Michigan.  My nephew graduated from high school, and his party was sort of a mini class reunion, and it made me so happy to see friends from a long time ago, to reminisce about the olden days with people who knew me when I was young.  One of my dad’s old friends told me the story he always tells me whenever I see him, and I love it so much; I’m going to tell it to you just the way Don always tells it.

“We were playing golf, and your dad hit one off the tee and it plopped straight into the sand trap.  We all went ‘Oh no!’  As he’s choosing a club I said, ‘What are you doing?  You can’t hit that out of there with a driver!’  Your dad said, ‘You don’t know much about the game, do you?’  He took a swing, and the ball sailed all the way over to the green where it hit the flag, flapped around in it for a minute, and then dropped straight into the hole.  It was the most beautiful golf shot I’ve ever witnessed in my life.”  Don shakes his head.  “An Eagle!”

Cue the cheering!  I have no idea what an Eagle is, but I don’t doubt for a minute that Dad bought a round in the clubhouse after that.   He’s been gone for seventeen years, and things like that, hearing a story that a man has kept alive all this time in his own memory keeps him with me.  I can see Dad now, as surprised as anybody, watching the ball drop in and doing a happy little dance in that moment of glory.  I’m so glad Don was there to see it, and to tell me about it all these years later.

More and still more sweaters are happening around here.  This is Cabeladabra by Hanna Maciejewska (pattern is here) knit in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Zalti, in the colorway “Hermitage”, an almost uncapturable mustard/olive/highlighter pen yellow combination that just calls to me.  This color is so irresistible.
Look at those gorgeous cables, in that glowing, golden yarn!  I really love how this one turned out.  It makes me want to do a little happy dance, too.

23 comments:

  1. That's great that you are reconnecting with old friends. I have been attending reunions, too. We never know how much time we will have. Your sweater is a work of art. Everything you knit looks so professional and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The older I get, the more fun these events are, too. Old friends are such a gift. :)

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  2. That is a really neat story that your Dad's friend shares with you. The sweater is absolutely beautiful! The colors make me think of fall probably because that is my favorite time of the year.

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    1. It does look a bit like fall, I agree. The golden fall light, yes. :)

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  3. I love your story about your dad. A few years ago, when visiting upstate NY, where my family is from, I was introduced to a man who had known my dad, who has been gone over 30 years now, in the old days, before, during, and after the "war years." He was so excited, and so was I. He said, "Oh, he was just a great guy, Ip loved him! He always had the nicest cars!" Which sounds SO like my dad, he always loved his cars. But this man knew him as a very young man, and it choked me up that he had known him in his young years and still remembered him, and that he was, then, my same old dad, just a younger version. I've always wished I could magically time travel and see my parents in their heyday. Thanks for this post. It warmed my heart. ❤️

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    1. That's so lovely! I often think about that, too; the lives my parents had before I came along and turned them into grownups. So interesting to imagine. xoxo

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  4. A great story - I have heard lovely ones about my dad lately too. The sweater is a ray of sunshine. Jo x

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    1. Thanks, Jo! It is very glowy, very cheerful. :)

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  5. when I saw the post title, I knew I was going to love this one. I was right. It's just gorgeous!! All of those yellows plus that cabling, and that neckline = perfection. sigh.
    I am absolutely in awe of your knitting skills.
    Great story about your dad, too ~ thanks for sharing it :-)
    Happy creating ~ Tracy

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! This one is such a good combination of yarn and pattern. Success! :)

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  6. My Dad was a golfer too. I think an 'Eagle' is a hole-in-one. Whenever I hear 'Ole Blue Eyes' (we were brought up to the gloriousness of that voice) playing anywhere, I always think it's my Dad telling me from on high that he's watching over us! Daft, I know but it works for me!Gloriousness in that sweater too!!

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    1. I love that Sinatra reminds you of your dad! That's wonderful, and not daft at all. :)

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  7. It's gorgeous! That cabling is luscious.

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    1. Thanks very much! I love digging into a big cabled pattern now and then. :)

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  8. What an amazing sweater! My Dad's been gone ten years now and I still miss him. Nothing like get-togethers with family to hear stories both new and old though.

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    1. Family get-togethers are the best, aren't they? xoxo

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  9. gorgeous jumper though i'm not fussed on that colour, maybe in a different light ...
    love the cabling!
    ahhh memories are great
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Yes, that greeny-yellow is probably not everyone's cup of tea. I am very drawn to it, though! :)

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  10. Kristen, you truly are amazing with your knitting! You're like a machine that can just spit them out and everyone of them are simply beautiful! However, very soon, all that yarn will be very sticky and hot as the temperature rises and this summer will be the perfect time to write that book! This lovely story of your dad MUST be included!

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  11. Your comment about your Dad brought tears and memories of my own to mind, which was sad but lovely at the same time. The colours in that sweater are divine.

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  12. I absolutely love this story. I also love the golden color of this sweater. Even though this color is not good for me I can't help but buy yarn this color. Maybe I should try it anyway a color like this can only make you happy right?

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  13. Nice cables, and a fun story!

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