Today my mom and I packed our bags and headed east to Cincinnati. I love this city – it’s a home away from home. We spent a wonderful afternoon visiting some of our favorite places. One of these is Hank, a wonderful yarn store. It is always a pleasure to spend time here browsing through patterns and looking at the yarn. They make sure to have lots of knitted samples too, just to tempt you with a skein or two of beautiful yarn. Oh, and they had lots of that too! This store is very special in that they carry a few children’s stories about knitting in a little nook of the store. My favorite one is called Sophie’s Masterpiece. It’s about a little spider that loves to spin works of art, but is unwanted by those who spy her, until she reaches a tiny attic room where a young woman lives. The woman is pleased to see the spider and the two of them spend companionable evenings together while the woman knits a sweater for her coming baby. Sophie decides to spin her a gossamer baby blanket full of moonlight and stars. On the night the baby is born, Sophie leaves her precious masterpiece on the windowsill. It is a beautifully sweet story, and it reminds me of the joy and love that knitting for others can bring.
Blessings to you,