Introducing: A Light in the Window. It’s a new blanket pattern by yours truly, inspired by Ann’s Nashville novel, Bowling Avenue. I started it last summer, finished knitting (and unknitting, and reknitting) it by the end of the year, and then I hemmed and hawed and got a Real Job Not That My Other Jobs Are Not Real Jobs But There Is Something Really Real About That Monday Through Friday Schedule, and finally wrote the thing up and with help from talented friends got it tech edited and a FANTASTIQUE CHART made. (Thank you, Belinda and Ann. Ann, sorry you had to make the dang chart for your own tribute pattern.)
Here’s a link to where, for the next week, you can download the pattern for free. I appreciate everyone who has written to say they do not wish to get a knitting pattern to thank them for making a donation to the fund for Kathreen Ricketson’s children. But I am in the mood to give something away, even if it is a humble garter stitch blanket pattern. If you think you might want to knit it, please download it before Monday, June 3, when the paywall will go up. (Oh yeah, me and the New York Times. We’re not giving away our intellectual proppity!)
Here’s a handy button to make a contribution to the fund to benefit Kathreen and Rob’s children:
The crafting community’s effort to make this gesture of practical support to Kathreen’s family is very meaningful. I have felt the power of such acts in my own life. In the face of numbing loss, knowing that someone else recognizes that loss, and wants to help carry it, is small comfort, yet it is great comfort. Hard to explain, but I’m sure many of you have experienced this paradox.
Can’t wait to see what people do to this pattern. I mean with this pattern.