B is for Benevolence
Defined as – the disposition to do good; good will; kindness; charitableness accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
I have conducted several sock swaps this past year and have been struck by the overall benevolent attitude of the swappers with each other. The vast majority of the participants have had a great desire to give happiness to the recipients of their packages. In fact, anyone who takes the time to knit a pair of socks for a complete stranger is , in my opinion, benevolent!
And then there are those benevolent people who give to others expecting nothing in return. I have been the happy recipient of two such knitters that I have had the great privledge of meeting through the knitting blogosphere……….
The first is Lynne, a participant in my Hogwarts Sock Swap Three. Lynne’s pal was tardy sending her package and she had just about given up hope of getting one. As I tried to remedy the situation Lynne learned that my own Hogwarts Pal had never sent me a package. Unsolicited, Lynne good-heartedly put together a Gryffindor package for me just because she felt I needed to be rewarded for all the hard work that when into the swap. Her thoughtfulness and consideration touched me greatly. Just look at this BEAUTIFUL yarn she sent me! Lynne is also a sock pattern designer and her patterns are being sold in stores. She send me a stack of those along with some sock needles and tea.
The second benevolent knitter that touched me this year was Anne, the Geocaching Knitter. I enjoy watching Anne turn out her beautiful fair isle sweaters. Her prolific knitting has inspired me for the last three years! After admiring her Hemsdale Sweater, and leaving a comment saying that it reflected the environment I lived in and I really needed one for myself, Anne surprised me by telling me she was finished with the pattern and would send it to me. Her magnanimous package arrived with not just the pattern, but with great big charts, notes and two other ‘mountain living’ sweater patterns.
You really must see Anne’s Hemsdale sweater to catch the true beauty of the colors. If you love this sweater as much as I do, follow this link to Anne’s Hemsdale and leave her a comment telling her so. If you want true sweater inspiration, browse around a bit!
B is also for Bookmark, and here is a beautiful hardanger bookmark that my daughter Jennifer made for me several years ago when she was feeling particularly benevolent toward her Mum.
B is also for BRIDE
Jennifer is going to be a bride on August 2nd!
And last but not least,
B is also for BOB, Jennifer’s beau and my future son-in-law!