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A Stitch in Time Saves Julie

Julie had been so smug about completing her holiday prep early. The presents were already wrapped and hidden; the cards addressed and stamped. Preparation, Julie knew, was the key to an unstressed holiday season, and everything seemed to be going fine, until she realized she’d forgotten Grandma Louise’s holiday gift!

Simple Crochet ShrugHow could she have forgotten Grandma? Petite white-haired, Grandma Louise was always thrilled to see Julie when she visited the nursing home. Her forgiving nature increased Julie’s guilt about the scarcity of her visits.

"I know, dear," Grandma always said when Julie apologized. "I raised three children and worked, just like you. There was never enough time..."

Luckily, the family’s holiday party wasn’t for a week, which left just enough time to make something. Julie ran to her stash. When she saw the Homespun® Thick and Quick®, she knew it was destiny. 

She couldn’t remember what had attracted her: was it the yarn’s undulating colors—the teal melting into lapis lazuli and spruce, like twilight on a mountain lake—or its bouncy bouclé twist? Julie had purchased the three skeins of lustrous Homespun® Thick and Quick®, knowing she would need them for whenever inspiration struck. And panic-induced inspiration had struck. The yarn’s colors would accent Grandma’s blue eyes and snowy hair; its coziness would embrace her as if Julie were always there.

For three evenings Julie sat at the kitchen table, crocheting with her P hook, while quizzing Jeremy on multiplication, reviewing Peter’s book report, and listening to Cathy’s piano practice.

The shrug developed so swiftly it seemed to crochet itself! If last-minute panic had motivated this lovely garment, it didn’t matter. Julie’s inspiration had been to buy the yarn and stash it for a very real moment of need.

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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward is a freelance writer who combines her love of writing and of knitting in her columns, stories, and blog posts. Selma is also an active classical musician and the caretaker of five wonderful pets. She lives with them and her husband in Rhode Island.

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