Sometimes knitting is purely, simply a comfort for me, and other times I can give it as a comfort to others. My March knitting has included three such examples. First, I finished up a prayer shawl for a friend who suddenly lost her husband about a month ago... the fanciest thing about this shawl is the way it wraps around you and tucks in on itself.
Sometimes the simplest things can serve their purpose the best.
I cannot imagine losing my DH, and it has been a hard process, watching yet another friend go through this period. In fact, the older I get and the more deaths I experience, the less I feel like I know about it at all....
I do know a bit more about births and babies. One thing I know for certain is that they need hats. Hand-knitted hats to keep them from losing their body warmth, cuddly hats to help them feel cushioned in this much-too-big world they have suddenly entered from the comfort of a warm, snug womb.
The hat on the left is made from Mango Moon recycled sari silk, and will probably be for 'later', as in next fall, when she is closer to six months old, while the one on the right, from Berroco Touche, is for right now and on into spring in our cool mountain climate.
It comforts me to be able to help friends and neighbors, in the good times and the bad.