A gift



Friendship is a gift. I have a dear friend who’s moving away for a few years. I’ve known her for 6 years now, and I used to see her at least once a month. For the past 2-3 years, it’s been more like once a year or so. But sometimes you recognize a kindred soul and that’s all that matters. Facebook has been a real boon to communication, and she recently began a film and book blog where a great group of people swap recommendations and opinions. I think we’re more in touch now than we’ve ever been.

As a big reader, she recently invested in a Kindle. I searched and searched for a way to gift an e-book on Amazon, but apparently it’s impossible. You can give an Amazon giftcard and the person can use it as they choose, but there’s no way to pick a title and send it along. Knowing that she couldn’t bring much on the plane with her overseas, I brainstormed for another portable gift, and I somehow ended up searching Ravelry for a Kindle cozy. Voila!

The pattern called for about 4 more repeats of the cable pattern than I did. I was about one repeat short when I looked down and realized that it was ridiculously long. I looked up the Kindle’s dimensions and unraveled a lot of work and then skipped straight to the seed stitch edging. I added a button and loop closure because I would want a way to keep it secure if it was me. You may recognize the yarn as my Tour de Fleece merino/silk blend.

I love knitting for people who appreciate it. My friend was so pleased with her cozy that she took this picture (which thrilled me because I’d forgotten to photograph it myself) and even posted it on Facebook. I’m going to miss her dearly while she’s gone, even though I haven’t been the best at keeping in touch in person. Somehow it’s been a comfort knowing that such a wonderful spirit was in the same state/continent. I know she’ll have an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward to hearing about her adventures.


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