Every Christmas (and most other gift-giving occasions) back when John's grandfather, Grandpa Jack, was alive, he would give Helene money with which she would buy herself a pair of Waterford glasses. Each time she'd select a different pattern and a different type of glass. Over the years she amassed a beautiful collection.
Before Grandma Helene passed on, she distributed her collection to various grandchildren, and I was fortunate and honored to receive a set. I got the Old Fashioned glasses -- old fashioned glasses indeed, as I don't know anyone who drinks Old Fashions these days. But they are good for eggnog, or brandy, or the occasional Kahlua and Cream. I find having a set with all different patterns utterly charming, and it's fun to select a particular glass when I do use them (which really isn't often enough; I need to get over my fear of breaking them).
I was thinking of Helene and her annual gift tradition recently, and decided that I liked it so much I was going to
This year, I selected two sets of circular needles (US9 and US10). I generally knit with straights, but I needed some circs in larger sizes and thought perhaps Signatures might get me over my circ aversion. I think they just might; I cast on this afternoon and have been happily knitting on them ever since.
The needles: Signature Stiletto circs, size US 9/5.5mm
The yarn: BMFA Gaea (100% Certified Organic 21.5 Micron Merino)
in the colorway Haida Fledge.
The pattern: Ida by Debbi Stone
On this Christmas night, I will pour a brandy into a carefully selected Waterford glass, and toast Helene's memory and the start of a new/old tradition.