The Silk Scarf

TheSilkScarfA Christmas Gift for my new
daughter-in-law.
I don’t think she reads my blog
so it will still be a surprise.

I haven’t knitted in a long time
but after the tree went up,
I felt
 nostalgic.
Making gifts is so much better
than buying them.

The silk sat in my studio
for over six years.
Silk I bought
 for my mom
who died 
before
she could make it into something.
I took it back, knowing that I would find
a home for it someday.

Now scarves are so big.
Mom would love it.
And she would love Kim.

51 comments on “The Silk Scarf

  1. gorgeous colors! 🙂

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  2. Kari Armstrong says:

    I can imagine how luscious this scarf must feel! And of course I love the idea/practice of hand-made! What a lovely gift! 🙂

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  3. lsotera says:

    It’s beautiful, what a great gift. I’m making one for my sister, but it doesn’t look nearly as awesome as yours. I’m a novice knitter. Maybe I can guilt her into wearing it anyway >:). Haha.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Isotera,
      Isn’t it great to make gifts for you family? I bet your sister will absolutely love your scarf with no guilt involved. 🙂 My pattern isn’t that complicated – it’s just this amazing yarn. Search on “Sari silk” and you’ll probably come across a source for it. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  4. crankygiraffe says:

    I love the scarf, and I love the sentiment in making it! I also love home-made gifts and I lament the fact that I don’t have the time to make any this year!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Cranky Giraffe,
      Thank you. I’m hoping to get a few of these made in the next week or so. I, too love handmade gifts for Christmas. Fortunately, these go pretty fast with the big needles.
      Cathy

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  5. Athena Brady says:

    What a lovely thoughtful gift. I am sure you mum is looking down and thinking that too. A handmade gift is so personal and special.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you so much, Athena. I think my mom would approve, too. She made a lot of wonderful handmade gifts when she was alive and I so miss that, but I also am truly glad to be able to carry on her legacy. Thanks again for your kind words.
      Hugs,
      Cathy

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! We’ve been knitting and it feels so good. 🙂
    Love you, Cathy!! XO

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  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Love the colors and love the poem. 🙂

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  8. I love the idea of taking silk originally meant for your mom and using it as a gift for your daughter-in-law. The continuity is perfect.

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  9. Beautiful. And- new daughter in law- congratulations. And- what Mme Weebles said.

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  10. unfetteredbs says:

    I triple what M Weebles says because she said it so perfectly. What a meaningful extension of family you are gifting her.. in all senses of the word

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  11. Auralicious! Now I wish we were related! 🙂

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  12. Becky says:

    So beautiful. I was missing mom this morning.

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  13. vyvacious says:

    This is super sweet and sentimental. Your daughter-in-law is a very lucky girl 🙂

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  14. That’s GORGEOUS ~ the colors are beautiful. She’ll love it – especially since it has a lovely backstory.

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  15. Professions for PEACE says:

    Thank you for this very touching post. I love the colors and definitely agree that handmade is better than store-bought – any day! I am sure Kim will be delighted, and touched that it was wool for your Mom. A very special way to say “Welcome to the family. You are Loved.”
    You bring such light into the world Cathy. Thank you for being YOU! Love, Gina

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  17. Seeing that makes me want to haul out my fiber and yarns and see what I can create! That’s gorgeous!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Tammy. So do you spin? Knit? Weave? Felt?

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      • Sorry this was so delayed – I’ve had to re-install Windows. Again. Blah. Anyway, I spin, and have actually on occasion INTENTIONALLY felted a few things, though most of my felting has been accidental during the fiber prep stages. As far as what I do with my spun yarn, I usually pet it and pat it and call it George until I spin up some new yarn. I crochet sometimes, and I *can* knit and purl, but I can’t read a crochet or knitting pattern, because I never learned what the stitches were called, or which was what, or how to tell them apart, or whatever, and I lack the vocabulary to follow a pattern. I’ve tried studying them both, and tried getting tutoring in them both, but it seems that nothing ‘sticks’ with me. So, while I can do simple stuff, fancy stuff seems to be beyond me, and patterns waaaay out of my league. But, I can still pet and pat and play with my yarns, anyway! 🙂

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        I have studio full of them too, Tammy. I do spin, weave, knit, felt and I find I do more of that in the winter. Summers are spent gardening, but like you, I love the texture and color of my yarns. I did get three of these scarves knitted for Christmas presents – the last goes out today. But now I’m inspired to do more. Thanks for the great comment! Nice to “see” you!
        Cathy

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