My mother-in-law, Sonnie, is a natural caretaker. She is so generous to others with her time and energy and never asks for anything for herself. When I was shopping at Rhinebeck this year I wanted to splurge on a skein of Springtide Farms cashmere. It is 100% cashmere and the softest thing I have ever touched in my life. I wanted the experience of knitting with this yarn but it didn't match anything in my personal queue. Immediately I knew Sonnie would be the perfect recipient for such a decadent finished object. She would never request that I knit for her but she has proven herself knitworthy in the past and I wanted to wrap her up in some love. Sonnie, my husband, and my daughter all share the same blue eye color and I chose this skein as the closest match.
I only had a small amount of yarn and I wanted to use every inch of it for something wearable. I knew it deserved to be worn around the neck and chose this lace pattern based on consultation with my husband about Sonnie's style. I made it narrower than the pattern calls for to get the longest possible scarf. I think it makes a sweet little neckwarmer.
In addition to being as soft as kittens, the yarn was delightfully springy. It really was a gift to myself to get to knit every inch of the 132 yards in this skein. I am pleased with my splurge - I got the joy of both using a luscious yarn and making something to treat a special woman in my life.