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The Greatest Gift

Thief River Falls, Minnesota, 2012

Once her knitting needles, her crochet hooks, and her Singer Featherweight kept pace with the latest fashion. She was a Manhattan working gal back then, an editorial associate with caviar taste on a secretary's salary. Circumstances brought her back to Thief River Falls. There she built her life, her family. A good one, too.

Now her youngest son and his wife were driving up from the Twin Cities for the holidays.
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They'd bring her gifts like ones they'd given her before, unstylish pastel cardigans that made her feel her age.

This time she'd show them. Cowls. Thick and warm. Elegant and simple. They were on her radar. She'd seen them in Vogue.

Red for Paul. Even as a child, red was his favorite color. But what about cosmopolitan Sarah? Her yarn was an inspiration, a sophisticated charcoal gray with a glint of glamour.

The pattern was fast. She made them during the nightly news, the hour-long show.

They slipped their cowls on as soon as they were unwrapped. Never took them off the whole visit. They wore them skating and on their walks about town.

Still, she was surprised when Sarah asked shyly, fingering her cowl, "Gert, could you teach me to knit one?"

It was the gift she had waited decades to receive.

A tale by Agnes Honor Auden.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is pure coincidental.


Agnes Honor Auden is a life-long yarn lover. She enjoys spinning tales about her favorite yarns and patterns. She lives in a small cottage by the sea where inland and water birds stop by her front porch to gather snips and strands of her violet wool for their nests.

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