Timing: sadly, off

When it comes to knitting, my timing is perpetually off. I finish heavy wool cardigans in June, summery cotton blankets in January, and Christmas stockings around the end of February. Some projects take me years to complete, and many, many, many deadlines are pushed to the last possible second. Eek!

So, it should come as no great surprise that I did not finish grandma’s Crown Prince Shawl in time for her 80th birthday.

And, oh, what a birthday it was! Friends and family gathered, happy stories and touching toasts exchanged, and, of course, delicious food. Allow me to share some photos with you. You’ve heard me talk about my grandma many times, and have seen me knit her dozens of socks – you probably know her quite well, actually! (Pop quiz: what’s grandma’s favorite color?)

The best kind of grandma is smiling grandma :)

From the picture display, my grandma at 18:

Wishes made upon cakes of deliciousness and frosting do come true:

The Sweetness and me:

The festivities and merriment allowed me to forget the incomplete shawl for a few hours, but I admit to feeling some disappointment and guilt. I could have found more time, managed my commitments better, not taken on so much commissioned work… Oh, well, it’s in the past. On the plus side, grandma never knew she was destined to receive the shawl, so she doesn’t know (yet) what she’s missing. And even if she knew, she would forgive me for the delay in a second. Besides, with Kiwassa and Path of Flowers behind me, I’ve been able to devote more time to CPSS!

About 73% done with the main square. Not bad!

In the meantime, a little something finished up for grandma to ease my guilty heart.

Full details to come!

44 thoughts on “Timing: sadly, off

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  1. pdxknitterati

    Oh, the knitting guilt!

    I tend to make “surprise” gifts, too, so there’s no pressure except my own. It would be really difficult for me to know someone was waiting for me to finish something for them!

  2. Lillie

    How fun! I’m sure she will be happy whenever she gets it. That cake looks divine! Do you have a close-up?

  3. Mercuria

    Your grandma is so young looking for a woman of 80! It looks like you may have gotten some of her good genes as well (lucky you).

    I can’t wait to see the finished shawl. I’m sure she’ll be delighted with it.

  4. Susan

    Your grandma is absolutely gorgeous…but have you ever seen grandma that wasn’t?

  5. Amy

    You can certainly see the resemblance between you and your grandma. (Happy Birthday, Grandma!) The socks look gorgeous and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished shawl.

  6. Melissa G

    I didn’t even notice the cake because I was admiring the 18 year-old still clearly visible in your Grandma. Happy Birthday!

  7. Izela Margarita Cadena López

    Such a beatiful Grandma! Congratulations! Or as in Spanish “que abuelita tan bonita”

    Izela

    From México

  8. rose

    happy birthday to your grandmother! i just read your blog first post ever to most recent, like a book. you are a wonderful knitter, and have such a funny, thought provoking outlook on things. thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  9. Ühltje

    I’ve decided to do the Crown Prince as a Christening shawl and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the process. Your grandma is such a grand lady. I can totally see why you chose this as her project. It’s a pity that it wasn’t ready in time for the feast, but then you will have something new to celebrate once it is finished.

  10. Michelle

    Your grandma looks fantastic! Sounds like you had a great celebration.

    And now I want cake. :-)

  11. Martha Marques

    Happy Birthday! Of course your grandma would forgive you in a second. You are her best present. My grandmother is turning 97 this weekend and she is my best present.

  12. Luise

    What a great occasion for a great lady — who happens to have a great grandaughter who looks like her! You are all very lucky. And your “late” present will ensure that the celebration continues.

  13. June

    Happy birthday to your babushka! She looks wonderful, and I definitely see the resemblance between you and her.

    Is her favorite color lavender or purple?

  14. Hillary

    Happy Birthday to your grandmother. May she enjoy many more. I’m with you on finishing stuff off-season. My husband will likely be modeling a wool vest early next month – after 5 years on the needles. Talk about guilt!

  15. domesticshorthair

    I’m like that too: everything completed off-seasonally. It sounds like it was quite a bash. I don’t know how I missed that you finished Buffalo Cardigan, and I’d been wondering about it. It looks fantastic! You did such amazing work on it!

  16. Toby

    How nice of you to share photos of your Grandma. Both my grandmothers have passed on and I miss them. I wish I had taken up knitting while they were still alive as they both would have enjoyed seeing (and receiving) my projects. One of them taught me to sew.

    Luckily I do have a step-grandma that I can bestow knitted items on. :)

  17. Kassia

    Beautiful socks! You look so much like your grandma! Be sure to send some Happy Birthday wishes her way. :)

  18. Patricia

    Happy Belated Birthday to Grandma! Many happy years. On another note, I also have bad timing with my projects as well. At least you actually finish yours! :)

  19. Jess

    My own Grandmothers 80th is coming up in the beginning of July. Despite not being much of a lace knitter I decided to take on a lace scarf for her birthday. I had completely forgotten you were doing the same. It must be something about lace that seems special enough for such a momentous occasion.

  20. Kristina

    The socks are lovely, and your grandma looks happy and healthy. I am relieved to hear your story – a better knitter than I who leaves things undone too long! I am horribly guilty. I love to begin new projects; I just get bored with the old, and can’t resist the new! They will all eventually get done… someday.

  21. Kristina

    The socks are lovely, and your grandma looks happy and healthy. I am relieved to hear your story – a better knitter than I who leaves things undone too long! I am horribly guilty. I love to begin new projects; I just get bored with the old, and can’t resist the new! They will all eventually get done… someday.

  22. Kristina

    The socks are lovely, and your grandma looks happy and healthy. I am relieved to hear your story – a better knitter than I who leaves things undone too long! I am horribly guilty. I love to begin new projects; I just get bored with the old, and can’t resist the new! They will all eventually get done… someday.

  23. Karen

    Ha! I am still finishing up Christmas 2008. My sister’s Hey Teach has had to be redone and redone and redone (she’s very tall).

    Happy Birthday to Grandma! We are celebrating my Mom’s 70th this weekend.

  24. Karen

    Ha! I am still finishing up Christmas 2008. My sister’s Hey Teach has had to be redone and redone and redone (she’s very tall).

    Happy Birthday to Grandma! We are celebrating my mother’s 70th this weekend.

  25. Snowbird

    Happy #80 Birthday to your Grandmother!!!!

    27% is not much more to finish on the shawl. I’m cheering you on to finish it soon!

  26. Lynn Lisiewski

    What a great party your Gramma looks so happy Did you do the cake as well you craft fairy

  27. Lynn Lisiewski

    What a great party your Gramma looks so happy Did you do the cake as well you craft fairy

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