The title of this post should really be: my uncle gave me a car so I made him a scarf. Fair trade, right?
A little backstory: One day this summer, my husband takes my daughter into the city to have a picnic in the park. Before they left, he says he bought some almonds so they can feed the squirrels in the park. Sounds lovely, they bond, I get some time to myself. Fast forward a few hours later when I get a text that reads: “Don’t be alarmed. I just got bit by a squirrel.” I am alarmed. I google. I read lots of scary facts about rabies. I get in the car to pick them up and take the husband to the hospital to get rabies shots. It was a scorcher of a day, high 90’s. And on the turnpike heading to the ER, the car overheats and dies. True story. I wish I was making this up.
Fast forward past a grim pronouncement from our mechanic and 5 rounds of rabies shots. We get the bill from the hospital. $20,000.(Obamacare did not come soon enough for us). Clearly, we are not buying a new car. And it is fine for the summer. We live in a city, we have public transportation. But then school starts. No bus to school, so we walk. 2 miles there and back, twice a day. Which adds up to 40 miles a week. And it starting to get cold.
Enter Uncle Jim. As a child, days that Uncle Jimmy was coming over I spent staring out the window, anxiously watching for his car to turn into the driveway. He would give my sister and I car rides, which was him picking us up and running through the house while making motor noises. He would tell us stories of the little man who lived in our lamp. He had a tickle finger that would attack at random moments. I thought when I grew up I would marry him(before I knew you couldn’t do that). When I grew up and moved to California, he gave me a snow globe of New York to remind me of home. And on my wedding day, as I walked down the stairs leading to the beach where we had our ceremony, it was Uncle Jim who stood at the bottom of the stairs to help me down.
And he’s not just fantastic to me. He is the relative everyone turns to when they need a hand. He always helps. He took care of the cranky old aunt no-one could stand. He lived with my grandmother until she died to take care of her. He is selfless and kind with a gentle soul. Everyone adores him, including my daughter who now watches for the tickle finger. I could write 10 more pages and still not do him the justice he deserves. And when my mother told him the squirrel bite story, he offered me his old car since he was buying a new one.
He refused to take money for it. He told me to stop it every time I tried to thank him. He balked at me paying for the pizza we got when I went to pick up the title.
So what do you do when someone gives you an amazing gift that changes your life, but won’t let you thank him? You make him a scarf. And you write a blog post about him so that everyone knows what an incredible person he is, and how deeply you love him. So thank you, thank you Uncle Jimmy. Not just for the car, but for everything. I am so thankful to have you in my life.
Since he is a math teacher, I decided to make the pattern of the scarf a fibonacci sequence, which is a famous sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the the two numbers before it. It goes like this: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13…..Fibonacci devised this in the 13th century as a way of predicting the population growth of rabbits. (Impressed? Don’t be. I first learned about it reading The Davinci Code, then I wiki’ed the rest.)
- 2 skeins lighter color yarn(Vanna’s choice, linen)
- 1 skein darker color yarn(Vanna’s choice, dark grey)
- size 10 circular needles
gauge: 17 stitches and 30 rows= 4″ x 4″
finished size: 5″ x 96″
Cast on 400 stitches in your lighter color. The pattern for the fibonacci sequence goes like this:
- purl 1 row light
- purl 1 row dark
- purl 2 rows light
- purl 3 rows dark
- purl 5 rows light
- purl 8 rows dark
- purl 13 rows light
- bind off
After finishing each color, cut yarn, leaving a 6″ tail. Once the scarf is finished, weave in all your tails. I used a stretchy, invisible bind off method that I found here. It’s my new go to bind off method. It blends right in.