Monday, December 19, 2005, 7:30 p.m. Phone conversation
Me: Hi, grandma, how are you?
Grandma: I’m good. Mom received your shawl today. You should have seen the sparkle in her eyes, she really loved it.
Me: Is she home?
Grandma: No, she’s at the supermarket.
Me: So, yeah, she really liked it?
Grandma: She really did. She was totally surprised! You didn’t tell her a word!
Me: Maybe she forgot, but she told me exactly what she wanted back in November. And then she asked to never speak of the project again. I guess she realized that it would be some work and didn’t want to encourage me anymore. But I remembered!
Grandma: Yeah, I guess she forgot, then, or she just didn’t tell me. And you always remember! Well, you should have seen the sparkle in her eyes! She was so happy with it! It’s really beautiful.
Me: Was the size right?
Grandma: Yeah, it was just right. It’s the perfect thing – you can wrap it around your shoulders under a coat, or you can wear it out with a dress or a fancy outfit. It’s so warm, too, the wool.
Me: It’s 50% wool, 50% silk, which is why it’s shiny and warm at the same time.
Grandma: It’s just beautiful; you should have seen her surprise and the sparkle in her eyes.
Me: You liked it?
Grandma: Oh yeah, it’s so neat and perfect.
Me: Is it the kind of thing you’d like for yourself?
Grandma: [sigh] [pause] You’re so busy, it’s not like you have time for these things.
Me: Grandma, I wouldn’t be offering if I didn’t have the time. You know, I have my one and only mom, and when she asked me for a shawl, that was all I needed to make her one. Similarly, I have only one grandma – you – and I would knit whatever you wanted.
Grandma: [silent] [stammers] Well… it’s just such a huge project! How long did it take you?
Me: Well, it took me a little while to get just the right yarn, but then I finished the knitting in only four days!
Grandma: Four days?!? [stammers]
Me: The thing is that I don’t want to knit without being asked. I don’t want to knit things people don’t want. But as soon as I’m asked…
Grandma: Well, then… like your mom said, don’t speak to me of this again. [laughs]
Me: Grandma!!! Mom claims that it went down like that, but she told me all the details – she said that she wanted a triangular shawl, and that she wanted leaves, and that she wanted a steel gray color. Those are the types of things that really help me to get the project just right.
Grandma: You know me, you know what I like…
Grandma: I like light and dark blue, and light and dark muted green. I don’t like bright colors.
Me: And for style?
Grandma: I really like the triangle shape, it’s a perfect thing. I would want that. Just like the one you knit for your mom.
Me: I wouldn’t knit one just like that. There are other triangular shawls out there. You know square shawls are really triangles if you fold them in half…
Grandma: Yeah, you can knit a square shawl for variety sake, I guess. It doesn’t matter if it’s folded up like a triangle.
Me: Alright, grandma, I get the idea.
Grandma: Oh, here’s mom, she’s back from the grocery store.
Hands the phone off to mom
Me: I hear you received the shawl!
Mom: Yes, thank you so much, it’s beautiful. I wasn’t expecting it at all.
Me: What do you mean? You told me exactly what you wanted back in November, and then you asked me to never mention it again, and I didn’t (side note: I have many faults, but inability to keep my mouth shut isn’t one of them). Remember? You told me you wanted a steel gray, triangular shawl with leaves.
Mom: [laughs] I guess. It’s beautiful! It is so neat, you knit so neatly.
Me: Thank you. And the size?
Mom: It’s a great size. You know, you can wear such a thing to a fancy occasion and it would look great with a dress or anything. Or it can be a scarf for everyday use.
Me: I’m glad you can see many uses for it. But you know, I’d rather you wear it everyday. It’s very nice, but it didn’t take me long to make, and I can always make you another just like it or a different one.
Mom: Oh? How long did it take?
Me: It took me a while to get the right yarn, but the actual knitting only took four days.
Mom: Oh! How do you wash it? Is it even washable?
Me: Yeah. You handwash it, and then you need to spread out a big towel and smooth it out on it, making sure to pull at the individual points. Plus it wasn’t very expensive (I didn’t tell her how much, but for your information and mine: about $30).
Mom: Well then, I guess I’ll wear it everyday! You know, it has all these holes, but it’s really warm.
Me: That’s right, the yarn is 50% wool, 50% silk. When you look at it during daylight tomorrow, it will look more blue than gray. I think the silk gives this great color that varies depending on light.
Mom: Oh yeah? I’ll have to take a look tomorrow.
Me: So, you know, I’m going to make one for grandma… She said she wanted a light or dark blue one…
Mom: No, she doesn’t like dark colors.
Me: That’s what she said…
Mom: She’d much rather have a light blue one, I think. Something muted, you know?
Me: Alright. Doesn’t matter to me, so light blue it is.
Light blue it is ;). And, people, thank God I keep a blog – I have a concrete record of the conversation that transpired a month ago. I know she asked me for a steel gray, triangular, leafy shawl, and I know she asked me to never speak of the project again. And now I have a record of tonight’s conversation, too :).
And now, to scheme… a light blue triangular or square shawl for my grandma…