I'm in New York and she is in Vermont, so what else could a Mom do, but knit her a hug and send it in the mail?
I had some gorgeous wool, linen, silk blend DK weight yarn that is so very, very soft and smooth. I searched ravelry for a pattern for a short sleeve sweater pattern and fell in love with Tappan Zee the moment I saw it. The construction is top down and incorporates a fun lace pattern in the yoke that is simple and yet fun to knit.
It only took a week to knit up and it came out lovely. I shipped it off to Vermont with a little note to Sara who responded on Facebook: "My mother is an incredible human being!. Thank you so much for the wonderful knit hug!"
This little sweater brightened both our lives and not only brought smiles and warmth during the giving and receiving process, but will keep Sara snuggled in hugs for a long time to come.
If you know someone going through some rough times, break out the needles and knit them up a hand knit hug to snuggle in and you will both feel the love!