We have been so blessed during our time in Las Vegas to find such wonderful, caring people to help us with Patrick. First, there was Patti, who was so fantastic as a daycare provider. We were so sad to see her go, and so was Patrick! It was difficult to believe that we’d be able to find someone else who would care for Patrick with just the right amounts of love, humor, knowledge, and boundaries.
But Karen was definitely that person! It made me feel so good at the end of the day to pick up Patrick from her house, where he was excited to see me, but so bummed to leave her. He learned so much from his time with her — manners, how to be a good friend to others, and of course, the fist bump followed by the elbow bump followed by a kiss or a hug (that’s my favorite thing). It’s difficult to quantify your gratitude to a person like Karen into a farewell gift, but all I knew for sure was that a farewell/thank you gift was TOTALLY necessary.
So here it is! Karen’s Labyrinth scarf, made with Lily Chin wool yarn in an amazingly regal purple and bright white. The yarn was a DREAM to work with — super strong but soft and pliable — and the pattern was really fun. On the close-up picture you can probably see how the pattern gets its name, but it’s just a simple knit or purl stitch all the way through. It took a little while to get the rhythm of it down, but once I did, I was able to keep my eyes off the pattern. Loved it!
If I’d had more time, I would have loved to have done more for this amazing lady. But I just hope, as with all gifts, that the scarf will remind her about how much we appreciated all she did for our little guy this year. AND I hope it will keep her warm — that’s important too. 🙂