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Archive for November 11th, 2005

A Date with “My Sara”

Friday, November 11th, 2005

LynnH and SaraFriday was wonderful. I slept in and worked at home, ran just a few errands, and then had dinner with “My Sara.” That is, dinner and a stop at Rae’s Yarn Boutique then knitting at Starbucks in East Lansing till past 11pm. There is no better way to spend a day, than with this young lady.

Sara, if you are new to my blog, is my Goddaughter. She is 18 and a sophomore at Michigan State University in East Lansing (last year she went to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI). Her mother and I were friends in elementary school, graduated together, have stayed connected all these years. I like to say that my friend Jo had my children for me, which is not all that far from the truth.

I don’t see Sara’s mom or other family members too much any more (including her brother, Michael, who is also my Godchild), but Sara calls me from time to time, requesting my company. I am more than delighted to comply! She is the best company one could have… we are a “mutual admiration society” and just have a blast every time we get together. Which is not nearly enough, but we need to make concessions to busy lives sometimes.

Sara called before Ukefest and I just could not make time until now. She’s busy when I’m free, and vice-versa. We made up the lost time this week, spending hour after luxurious hour together. We ate at the Mongolian Barbecue where we both can eat food that we’re not allergic to, and enjoy every bite at the same time.

But Sara had a plan beyond dinner. Several years ago I showed her how to knit. She started on some socks but got distracted by life. When she went to college last year she picked up the needles again and made many scarves, including the one she knit for me at Christmas time last year.

Over the years I’ve knit Sara three pair of socks. (See the first, second and third pair.) She loves them (especially her Sherbet Sox/pair #2), and she says that they are getting thin. Of course I have encouraged her to get them to me before they are full of holes, so I can darn them for her. But now she wants to knit her own. Cool!

We went from dinner to Rae’s, got some Naturally 10 ply (worsted superwash merino) which I know makes comfy socks, and then we went to Starbucks where they have comfy chairs and room to spread out… and they didn’t close till midnight. Sara likes a strawberry drink they offer, and I get tea.

So we dove in, and by the time we left around 11:15, she had two purple merino toes on her “First-Time Toe-Up Socks.” On double-pointed needles. Go, Sara!

She’s a really fast learner with knitting, it’s fun and easy to teach her because she gets it the first time. She’s a determined young lady and I’m absolutely sure she’ll finish these… it may take time with school distractions, but she really loves those handknit socks. She’s hooked, as I am. I’m glad, because that means I’ll be seeing her soon to work on the heels.

At one point in the knitting festivities (I was knitting my Watercolor Bag sample for Threadbear), I decided to hold up my camera and take a picture of the two of us. I scrunched myself next to Sara in her roomy chair and we got this mug shot. It was fun, sort of giggly girl fun. I had such a good time!!!