Literally, months went by and I didn't hear a peep from Marmen. Did she get it? Is the poor Rae lost in postal limbo? Or did she get it, hated it, and proceeded to pretend she didn't get it and thereby didn't say a single word to me about it? How long does it take for a small package to get to France anyways? I waited a few more days and finally I couldn't take it any longer. I left Marmen a Facebook message and confessed what I did. She was nice about it and told me that the French postal system severely lacked in actually delivering anything.
But then, get this, the very.next.day I get a message from Marmen. The Rae had finally arrived and was safe and sound in her hands. The very next day! Yup. What crap luck. If I had only managed to keep my mouth shut for just one more day, the Secret Rae would've been an actual secret. Cheese and crackers man!
Anyhoo, Marmen loves her new Rae and had confessed that she was planning on tracking down the pattern closer to Christmas so that she could get her Mother-in-Law to knit it for her! Now she doesn't have to! I'm so happy that she got a Rae of her own and that I was the one that got to knit it for her! Yay for surprises! And would you believe, this is the very first project I've knit that wasn't selfish? Yeah, as in the very first project I've knit that I've given away that wasn't a birthday or Christmas present, and wasn't commissioned out of me (the baby hats for the PERIOD of Purple Crying doesn't count...I still consider that selfish knitting because I was selfishly happy that I could help out for a good cause...you know what I mean!).
Just like the Rae I made for myself, this one was just as addictive to knit. Pure potato chip knitting, as I like to call it. And it's made even better when you're working with yummy MCN yarn. Some of you might even recognize the colour. It's Oxblood. The same colour (and yarn) that I used for my Georgia cardigan. It's such a lovely colour, don't you think?
I definitely want to knit a few more Raes for Christmas presents but I'm a bit torn since there are also a few other patterns that I would love to make that would also suit the recipients. Maybe I should start a "gifting box" and just knit a bunch of things and add to it throughout the year, that way I will never be surprised when a birthday, birth of a baby, heck, even Christmas or any other special occasion rolls around. This would definitely cut down the stress levels!
Le sigh. So many awesome yarns, so little time! ♥
Pattern: Rae by Jane Richmond
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Cashluxe Fine
Needles: Signature Needle Arts circular in 3.75mm (US 5)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Secret Rae